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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry van Driel
  • Vol. 27, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 2010
  • pp: 966–971

Optical microfabrication of tapers in low-loss chalcogenide fibers

Eric Lepine, Zhiyong Yang, Yann Gueguen, Johann Troles, Xiang-Hua Zhang, Bruno Bureau, Catherine Boussard-Pledel, Jean-Christophe Sangleboeuf, and Pierre Lucas  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 27, Issue 5, pp. 966-971 (2010)

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We demonstrate the use of photoinduced fluidity in low-loss chalcogenide fibers for producing tapers with fine control of the diameter and geometry. The tapers produced this way act as sensing zones along chalcogenide glass fibers used for evanescent wave spectroscopy. The optical microfabrication method consists in irradiating the chalcogenide fiber with sub-bandgap laser light under a tensile stress. The resulting athermal photoinduced fluidity permits to produce tapers with good control over the geometry without altering the optical properties of the fiber. Gains in detection sensitivity greater than 1 order of magnitude are measured using these tapers.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2280) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber design and fabrication
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors
(160.2290) Materials : Fiber materials
(160.2750) Materials : Glass and other amorphous materials
(280.4788) Remote sensing and sensors : Optical sensing and sensors

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: January 4, 2010
Revised Manuscript: March 3, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: March 5, 2010
Published: April 20, 2010

Eric Lepine, Zhiyong Yang, Yann Gueguen, Johann Troles, Xiang-Hua Zhang, Bruno Bureau, Catherine Boussard-Pledel, Jean-Christophe Sangleboeuf, and Pierre Lucas, "Optical microfabrication of tapers in low-loss chalcogenide fibers," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 27, 966-971 (2010)

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