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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 32 — Nov. 10, 2013
  • pp: 7706–7711

Arc fusion splicing effects in large-mode-area single-mode ytterbium-doped fibers

Ting Feng, Micah H. Jenkins, Fengping Yan, and Thomas K. Gaylord  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 32, pp. 7706-7711 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.52.007706


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Abstract

For the first time the effects of arc fusion splicing on the residual stress and refractive index of large-mode-area single-mode ytterbium-doped fibers (YDFs) are investigated using a state-of-the-art three-dimensional concurrent stress-index measurement method. The results, based on a commercially available fiber, describe a host of perturbations that decrease the core/cladding refractive index difference by as much as 1.74×103 over an axial length of many hundreds of wavelengths. Simulations indicate that these perturbations result in an expansion of the mode-field-diameter by 39.6% and, based on the measured sample, result in an extra splice loss of 20.8%. The results of this investigation will be useful in the design and optimization of high-power all-fiber YDF lasers and amplifiers.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2270) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber characterization
(060.2300) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber measurements
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(060.3510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Lasers, fiber

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: August 26, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: September 30, 2013
Published: November 5, 2013

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November 13, 2013 Spotlight on Optics

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Ting Feng, Micah H. Jenkins, Fengping Yan, and Thomas K. Gaylord, "Arc fusion splicing effects in large-mode-area single-mode ytterbium-doped fibers," Appl. Opt. 52, 7706-7711 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-52-32-7706


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