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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 2010
  • pp: 3426–3437

Tapering fibers with complex shape

S. Pricking and H. Giessen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 4, pp. 3426-3437 (2010)

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We present a model which allows us to accurately simulate the fabrication process of complex-shaped tapered fibers. The range of possible profiles is only limited by the properties of the heat source used to shape the fiber. The model takes into account the motion of the heat source relative to the fiber as well as its temperature distribution. Our measurements and corresponding finite element method (FEM) simulations have shown a strong dependency of the temperature distribution along the fiber axis on the actual diameter of the fiber. The inclusion of this relation in the model proved to be crucial for the accuracy of the results. Our model has been verified experimentally by fabricating tapered fibers with a sinusoidally modulated waist. A comparison to the profile predicted by our model reveals an excellent agreement.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2270) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber characterization
(060.2280) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber design and fabrication

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: December 1, 2009
Revised Manuscript: January 19, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: January 19, 2010
Published: February 2, 2010

S. Pricking and H. Giessen, "Tapering fibers with complex shape," Opt. Express 18, 3426-3437 (2010)

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