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Optical Engineering

Investigation of erbium dopant distribution in silica optical fibers with fluorescence-based measurements using a near-field scanning microscope
Author(s): Fotios Sidiroglou; Ann Roberts; Greg W. Baxter
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Paper Abstract

High spatial resolution information of the rare-earth dopant distribution in optical fibers enriches our understanding of the fiber manufacture processes and enables improvement in the design of active photonic devices including optical fiber lasers and amplifiers. Here, data from an investigation of the backscattered fluorescence signal off the end-face of an erbium (Er3+) doped silica optical fiber obtained with a near-field scanning optical microscope (NSOM) are presented. It has been recently confirmed via a theoretical model that information about the relative Er3+ ion distribution in fibers can be inferred by simply monitoring the fluorescence signal originating from the de-excitation of specific energy levels in the investigated samples. A comparison of the Er3+ ion distribution profiles extracted from the fluorescence measurements acquired through the NSOM system with those obtained from the application of a powerful analytical ion probe is also presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 December 2014
PDF: 6 pages
Opt. Eng. 53(12) 126104 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.53.12.126104
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 53, Issue 12
Show Author Affiliations
Fotios Sidiroglou, Victoria Univ. (Australia)
Ann Roberts, The Univ. of Melbourne (Australia)
Greg W. Baxter, Victoria Univ. (Australia)

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