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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 24 — Nov. 22, 2010
  • pp: 24536–24555

A comprehensive analysis of scattering in polymer optical fibers

Gotzon Aldabaldetreku, Iñaki Bikandi, María Asunción Illarramendi, Gaizka Durana, and Joseba Zubia  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 24, pp. 24536-24555 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.024536


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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to investigate the properties of the inhomogeneities that give rise to light scattering in polymer optical fibers (POFs). We perform several measurements in two commercial POFs of identical characteristics: these measurements, based on the side-illumination technique, consist in the detection of the total amount of scattered light guided along a POF sample under different launching conditions and in the acquisition of the corresponding near- and far-field patterns. We carry out complementary computer simulations considering inhomogeneities of different sizes at different positions inside the POF. The comparison of these simulated results with the experimental measurements will provide us with valuable information about the size and placement of the most influential inhomogeneities.

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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
(290.0290) Scattering : Scattering
(290.4020) Scattering : Mie theory
(290.5820) Scattering : Scattering measurements

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: August 2, 2010
Revised Manuscript: October 19, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: October 25, 2010
Published: November 10, 2010

Citation
Gotzon Aldabaldetreku, Iñaki Bikandi, María Asunción Illarramendi, Gaizka Durana, and Joseba Zubia, "A comprehensive analysis of scattering in polymer optical fibers," Opt. Express 18, 24536-24555 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-24-24536


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