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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 14 — Jul. 9, 2007
  • pp: 8844–8850

Thermal response of Bragg gratings in PMMA microstructured optical fibers

Karen E Carroll, Chi Zhang, David J. Webb, Kyriacos Kalli, Alexander Argyros, and Maryanne C. J. Large  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 14, pp. 8844-8850 (2007)

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We report on the thermal characteristics of Bragg gratings fabricated in polymer optical fibers. We have observed a permanent shift in the grating wavelength at room temperature which occurs when the grating has been heated above a threshold temperature. This threshold temperature is dependent on the thermal history of the grating, and we attribute the effect to a shrinking of the fiber. This effect can be avoided by annealing the fiber before grating inscription, resulting in a linear response with temperature and an increased linear operating temperature range of the grating.

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OCIS Codes
(050.2770) Diffraction and gratings : Gratings
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: May 4, 2007
Revised Manuscript: June 19, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: June 19, 2007
Published: June 29, 2007

Karen E. Carroll, Chi Zhang, David J. Webb, Kyriacos Kalli, Alexander Argyros, and Maryanne C. Large, "Thermal response of Bragg gratings in PMMA microstructured optical fibers," Opt. Express 15, 8844-8850 (2007)

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