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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 18 — Aug. 27, 2012
  • pp: 19893–19904

Stepwise fabrication of arbitrary fiber optic tapers

Alexandre Felipe, Guilherme Espíndola, Hypolito J. Kalinowski, José A. S. Lima, and Aleksander S. Paterno  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 18, pp. 19893-19904 (2012)

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This work reports a modified flame-brush technique to fabricate fiber tapers with arbitrary waist profiles. The flame-brush approach is used to produce small step reductions in the fiber diameter, or step-tapers, with a constant speed flame brush sweep, while the fiber is uniformly stretched. Arbitrary waist profiles in tapers are fabricated by approximating the taper diameter function to any monotonic function of the fiber length while combining a superposition of step-tapers. This method to produce the arbitrary profiles is described and a set of tapers with dissimilar transition regions are fabricated for its validation.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2280) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber design and fabrication
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: April 26, 2012
Revised Manuscript: July 2, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: July 6, 2012
Published: August 15, 2012

Alexandre Felipe, Guilherme Espíndola, Hypolito J. Kalinowski, José A. S. Lima, and Aleksander S. Paterno, "Stepwise fabrication of arbitrary fiber optic tapers," Opt. Express 20, 19893-19904 (2012)

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