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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 10 — May. 20, 2013
  • pp: 12849–12864

The three-electron bond =Si<O2:∙Yb absorption center of pre-darkened ytterbium-doped silica

Kent E. Mattsson  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 10, pp. 12849-12864 (2013)

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The formation and bleaching of color centers during annealing of pre-darkened ytterbium-doped silica fibers is modeled by three-electron bond (TEB) = Si<O2:∙Yb absorption centers. The nature of a center and underlying mechanism for its annealing in formation, shift and dissociation of chemical bonds is described in terms of a Markov statistical model with state change set by Bose-Einstein phonon statistics. The center hold one terminal and four active states with activation energies for transitions among these found to match bond energies of molecular oxygen in ionic character bonds of 1 and 1½ bond order. Experimentally observed in- and decrease in absorption during ramp and isothermal annealing of pre-darkened ytterbium co-doped silica fibers are hereby matched by a set of = Si<O2:∙Yb centers.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2290) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber materials
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: March 25, 2013
Revised Manuscript: May 7, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: May 10, 2013
Published: May 17, 2013

Kent E. Mattsson, "The three-electron bond =Si<O2:∙Yb absorption center of pre-darkened ytterbium-doped silica," Opt. Express 21, 12849-12864 (2013)

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