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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)

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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

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

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)

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