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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 12 — Jun. 13, 2005
  • pp: 4414–4419

Novel tuneable on-fiber polymeric phase-mask for fiber and planar waveguide Bragg grating fabrication

Jerome Poulin and Raman Kashyap  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 12, pp. 4414-4419 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OPEX.13.004414


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Abstract

UV transparent, on-fiber elastomeric phase-masks by casting directly on holographic glass phase-mask plates are demonstrated for the first time. These translation insensitive masks have been used to fabricate fiber Bragg gratings by simple exposure to 262 nm UV radiation. The stretchable phase-masks allow the Bragg wavelength of the inscribed grating to be changed easily. Multiple Bragg gratings at widely different wavelengths have been inscribed in one fiber using the same phase-mask. Inexpensive and disposable, the phase-masks allow the inscription of gratings in planar waveguides and fibers without causing contact-damage to either, and show the possibility of creating widely tuneable 1-D band-gap structures. In-situ fine tuning of the desired Bragg wavelength or correcting for errors in the phase-mask during inscription are other possible uses of this technology.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(060.1810) Fiber optics and optical communications : Buffers, couplers, routers, switches, and multiplexers
(090.2880) Holography : Holographic interferometry
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(230.7390) Optical devices : Waveguides, planar
(260.7190) Physical optics : Ultraviolet

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History
Original Manuscript: April 29, 2005
Revised Manuscript: May 25, 2005
Published: June 13, 2005

Citation
Jerome Poulin and Raman Kashyap, "Novel tuneable on-fiber polymeric phase-mask for fiber and planar waveguide Bragg grating fabrication," Opt. Express 13, 4414-4419 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-13-12-4414


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