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Low loss, wide transparency, robust tellurite glass fibers for mid-IR (2 - 5 μm) applications
Author(s): Dan L. Rhonehouse; Jie Zong; Dan Nguyen; Rajesh Thapa; Kort Wiersma; Chris Smith; Arturo Chavez-Pirson
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Paper Abstract

Mid Infrared (MIR) fiber optics has gained a great deal of interest over the past several decades. Applications range from passive transport to fiber lasers and nonlinear applications. These fibers have found use in a wide array of fields such as sensing, military countermeasures, scientific instrumentation, medical instrumentation, and in research laboratories. As with all fiber development there is a continual urge to seek better performance characteristics including transparency over a wide wavelength range, corrosion resistance, high power handling and low loss. We report on development of tellurite glass fibers displaying exceptionally high performance for various applications including wide band, low loss passive transport for mid IR, high efficiency, wide wavelength range and high power supercontinuum generation from visible to MIR wavelengths >4.5um, and active doping in fibers for use in laser cooling. High performance in each of these areas of interest has been brought about by development of a stable glass formulation and advanced processing techniques to remove impurities ions, entrapped hydroxyl, and scatter centers which allow fibers to be made with exceptionally low losses ~0.2dB/m.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 October 2013
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8898, Technologies for Optical Countermeasures X; and High-Power Lasers 2013: Technology and Systems, 88980D (15 October 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2033925
Show Author Affiliations
Dan L. Rhonehouse, NP Photonics, Inc. (United States)
Jie Zong, NP Photonics, Inc. (United States)
Dan Nguyen, NP Photonics, Inc. (United States)
Rajesh Thapa, NP Photonics, Inc. (United States)
Kort Wiersma, NP Photonics, Inc. (United States)
Chris Smith, NP Photonics, Inc. (United States)
Arturo Chavez-Pirson, NP Photonics, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8898:
Technologies for Optical Countermeasures X; and High-Power Lasers 2013: Technology and Systems
David H. Titterton; Harro Ackermann; Willy L. Bohn; Mark A. Richardson; Robert J. Grasso, Editor(s)

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