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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 19 — Sep. 17, 2007
  • pp: 12529–12538

Infrared single mode chalcogenide glass fiber for space

P. Houizot, C. Boussard-Plédel, A. J. Faber, L. K. Cheng, B. Bureau, P. A. Van Nijnatten, W. L. M. Gielesen, J. Pereira do Carmo, and J. Lucas  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 19, pp. 12529-12538 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.15.012529


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Abstract

An important measuring technique under study for the DARWIN planet finding mission, is nulling interferometry, enabling the detection of the weak infrared emission lines of an orbiting planet. This technique requires a perfect wavefront of the light beams to be combined in the interferometer. By using a single mode waveguide before detection, wavefront errors are filtered and a virtually perfect plane wavefront is obtained. In this paper the results on the development and the optical characterisation of suitable infrared transmitting chalcogenide glasses and mid-IR guiding optical fibers are reported. Two different preform techniques for manufacturing core-cladding chalcogenide fibers are described. Two types of step index fibers, prepared with Te2As3Se5 chalcogenide glasses, offer single mode guidance at 10.6 µm.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2390) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics, infrared
(060.2430) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, single-mode
(220.4830) Optical design and fabrication : Systems design
(350.1260) Other areas of optics : Astronomical optics

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: July 19, 2007
Revised Manuscript: September 5, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: September 6, 2007
Published: September 14, 2007

Citation
P. Houizot, C. Boussard-Plédel, A. J. Faber, L. K. Cheng, B. Bureau, P. A. Van Nijnatten, W. L. M. Gielesen, J. Pereira do Carmo, and J. Lucas, "Infrared single mode chalcogenide glass fiber for space," Opt. Express 15, 12529-12538 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-19-12529


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