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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 9 — Apr. 25, 2011
  • pp: 8596–8601

Optical transmittance degradation in tapered fibers

Masazumi Fujiwara, Kiyota Toubaru, and Shigeki Takeuchi  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 9, pp. 8596-8601 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.008596


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Abstract

We investigated the cause of optical transmittance degradation in tapered fibers. Degradation commences immediately after fabrication and it eventually reduces the transmittance to almost zero. It is a major problem that limits applications of tapered fibers. We systematically investigated the effect of the dust-particle density and the humidity on the degradation dynamics. The results clearly show that the degradation is mostly due to dust particles and that it is not related to the humidity. In a dust free environment it is possible to preserve the transmittance with a degradation of less than the noise (±0.02) over 1 week.

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OCIS Codes
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices
(280.4788) Remote sensing and sensors : Optical sensing and sensors
(240.6648) Optics at surfaces : Surface dynamics

ToC Category:
Sensors

History
Original Manuscript: March 2, 2011
Revised Manuscript: March 28, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: March 31, 2011
Published: April 18, 2011

Citation
Masazumi Fujiwara, Kiyota Toubaru, and Shigeki Takeuchi, "Optical transmittance degradation in tapered fibers," Opt. Express 19, 8596-8601 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-9-8596


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