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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 8 — Apr. 12, 2010
  • pp: 7693–7704

Measurement of submicrometre diameters of tapered optical fibres using harmonic generation

Ulrich Wiedemann, Konstantin Karapetyan, Cristian Dan, Dimitri Pritzkau, Wolfgang Alt, Stephan Irsen, and Dieter Meschede  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 8, pp. 7693-7704 (2010)

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Applications of subwavelength-diameter optical fibres in nonlinear optics require precise knowledge of the submicrometre fibre waist diameter. We demonstrate a new technique for optical measurement of the diameter based on second- and third-harmonic generation with an accuracy of better than 2%. To generate the harmonic light, inter-modal phase matching must be achieved. We find that the phase-matching condition allows us to unambiguously deduce the fibre diameter from the wavelength of the harmonic light. High-resolution scanning electron microscope imaging is used to verify the results.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2270) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber characterization
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(190.4160) Nonlinear optics : Multiharmonic generation
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: February 23, 2010
Revised Manuscript: March 18, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: March 19, 2010
Published: March 30, 2010

Ulrich Wiedemann, Konstantin Karapetyan, Cristian Dan, Dimitri Pritzkau, Wolfgang Alt, Stephan Irsen, and Dieter Meschede, "Measurement of submicrometre diameters of tapered optical fibres using harmonic generation," Opt. Express 18, 7693-7704 (2010)

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