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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 19 — Sep. 14, 2009
  • pp: 17144–17149

Novel technique for the determination of hydroxyl distributions in fused silica

Lars Jensen, Istvan Balasa, Holger Blaschke, and Detlev Ristau  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 19, pp. 17144-17149 (2009)

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Bound OH- is one major unwanted absorbing impurity causing significant attenuation for certain wavelengths of laser radiation when propagating through fused silica. A wavelength tunable laser calorimeter (LCA) is used to detect dopants and other impurities in optical material. Also, a technique for photothermal absorption measurements is combined with the LCA set-up allowing for a lateral scan of the sample retaining an absolute calibration. Regarding inhomogeneities within the distribution of impurities the combination of both techniques provides a highly sensitive method to investigate in the lateral distribution of OH- content in fused silica.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3380) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials
(160.2290) Materials : Fiber materials
(160.4670) Materials : Optical materials

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Original Manuscript: June 22, 2009
Revised Manuscript: August 13, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: August 15, 2009
Published: September 11, 2009

Lars O. Jensen, Istvan Balasa, Holger Blaschke, and Detlev Ristau, "Novel technique for the determination of hydroxyl distributions in fused silica," Opt. Express 17, 17144-17149 (2009)

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