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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 23 — Nov. 10, 2008
  • pp: 19169–19178

Fiber Bragg grating inscription combining DUV sub-picosecond laser pulses and two-beam interferometry

Martin Becker, Joachim Bergmann, Sven Brückner, Marco Franke, Eric Lindner, Manfred W. Rothhardt, and Hartmut Bartelt  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 23, pp. 19169-19178 (2008)

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The combination of fiber Bragg grating inscription with femtosecond laser sources and the usage of the Talbot interferometer setup not only gives access to the fabrication of Bragg gratings in new types of materials but also allows, at the same time, to keep the high flexibility of an interferometric setup in choosing the Bragg grating wavelength. Since the spatial and temporal coherence properties of the femtosecond laser source differ strongly from those of conventional laser sources, specific limits and tolerances in the interferometric setup have to be considered. Such limits are investigated on the basis of an analytical ray tracing model. The results are applied to tolerance measurements of fiber Bragg grating reflections recorded with a DUV sub-picosecond laser source at 262 nm. Additionally we demonstrate the wavelength versatility of the two-beam interferometer setup for femtosecond inscription over a 40 nm wavelength band. Inscription experiments in Al/Yb doped silica glasses are demonstrated as a prove for the access to non-photosensitive fibers.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(230.1480) Optical devices : Bragg reflectors
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers
(060.3735) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber Bragg gratings

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: July 9, 2008
Revised Manuscript: September 19, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: October 29, 2008
Published: November 5, 2008

Martin Becker, Joachim Bergmann, Sven Brückner, Marco Franke, Eric Lindner, Manfred W. Rothhardt, and Hartmut Bartelt, "Fiber Bragg grating inscription combining DUV sub-picosecond laser pulses and two-beam interferometry," Opt. Express 16, 19169-19178 (2008)

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