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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2012
  • pp: 2751–2753

Multimaterial preform coextrusion for robust chalcogenide optical fibers and tapers

Guangming Tao, Soroush Shabahang, Esmaeil-Hooman Banaei, Joshua J. Kaufman, and Ayman F. Abouraddy  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 13, pp. 2751-2753 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.37.002751


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Abstract

The development of robust infrared fibers is crucial for harnessing the capabilities of new mid-infrared lasers. We present a novel approach to the fabrication of chalcogenide glass fiber preforms: one-step multimaterial extrusion. The preform consists of a glass core and cladding surrounded by a built-in, thermally compatible, polymer jacket for mechanical support. Using this approach we extrude several preform structures and draw them into robust composite fibers. Furthermore, the polymer cladding allows us to produce robust tapers with submicrometer core diameter.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(060.2290) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber materials
(060.2390) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics, infrared

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: March 27, 2012
Revised Manuscript: May 8, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: May 8, 2012
Published: June 28, 2012

Citation
Guangming Tao, Soroush Shabahang, Esmaeil-Hooman Banaei, Joshua J. Kaufman, and Ayman F. Abouraddy, "Multimaterial preform coextrusion for robust chalcogenide optical fibers and tapers," Opt. Lett. 37, 2751-2753 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-37-13-2751

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