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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 20 — Oct. 1, 2007
  • pp: 13003–13022

Investigation of the suitability of silicate bonding for facet termination in active fiber devices

Supriyo Sinha, Karel E. Urbanek, Alan Krzywicki, and Robert L. Byer  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 20, pp. 13003-13022 (2007)

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We demonstrate that silicate bonding an optical flat to the output facet of an active fiber device can increase the reliability of high-peak power systems and subsantially reduce the effective feedback at the termination of a double-clad fiber. We determine the bonding parameters and conditions that maximize the optical damage threshold of the bond and minimize the Fresnel reflection from the bond. At 1-μm wavelength, damage thresholds greater than 70 J/cm2 are demonstrated for 25-ns pulses. We also measured Fresnel reflections less than -63 dB off the bond. Finally, we determined that the strength of the bond is sufficient for most operating environments.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(140.3330) Lasers and laser optics : Laser damage
(240.0240) Optics at surfaces : Optics at surfaces
(350.1820) Other areas of optics : Damage

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: August 10, 2007
Revised Manuscript: September 14, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: September 24, 2007
Published: September 25, 2007

Supriyo Sinha, Karel E. Urbanek, Alan Krzywicki, and Robert L. Byer, "Investigation of the suitability of silicate bonding for facet termination in active fiber devices," Opt. Express 15, 13003-13022 (2007)

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