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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 19 — Oct. 1, 2013
  • pp: 3769–3772

Highly photosensitive polymethyl methacrylate microstructured polymer optical fiber with doped core

D. Sáez-Rodríguez, K. Nielsen, H. K. Rasmussen, O. Bang, and D. J. Webb  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 19, pp. 3769-3772 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.38.003769


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Abstract

In this Letter, we report the fabrication of a highly photosensitive, microstructured polymer optical fiber using benzyl dimethyl ketal as a dopant, as well as the inscription of a fiber Bragg grating in the fiber. A refractive index change in the core of at least 3.2×104 has been achieved, providing a grating with a strong transmission rejection of 23dB with an inscription time of only 13 min. The fabrication method has a big advantage compared to doping step index fiber since it enables doping of the fiber without using extra dopants to compensate for the index reduction in the core introduced by the photosensitive agent.

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OCIS Codes
(050.2770) Diffraction and gratings : Gratings
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(060.3738) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber Bragg gratings, photosensitivity
(060.4005) Fiber optics and optical communications : Microstructured fibers
(060.5295) Fiber optics and optical communications : Photonic crystal fibers
(050.5298) Diffraction and gratings : Photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: June 10, 2013
Revised Manuscript: August 8, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: August 20, 2013
Published: September 19, 2013

Citation
D. Sáez-Rodríguez, K. Nielsen, H. K. Rasmussen, O. Bang, and D. J. Webb, "Highly photosensitive polymethyl methacrylate microstructured polymer optical fiber with doped core," Opt. Lett. 38, 3769-3772 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-38-19-3769


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