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Comparative evaluation of fiber fuse models
Author(s): Donald D. Davis; Stephen C. Mettler; David J. DiGiovanni
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Paper Abstract

A phenomenon which results in the catastrophic destruction of the guiding properties of an optical fiber has been observed at laser power densities on the order of 3 X 106 watts/cm2 in the core. This phenomenon is characterized by the propagation of a bright visible light from the point of initiation toward the laser source. The term 'fiber fuse' has been used because of the similarity in appearance to a burning fuse. The fiber fuse has been shown to start when the end of the fiber is contacted. It has also been initiated spontaneously from mechanical splices. This paper reports experimental data gathered on the fiber fuse, and discusses their relationship to proposed physical mechanisms.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 May 1997
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 2966, Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 1996, (13 May 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.274220
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Donald D. Davis, Bell Labs. (United States)
Stephen C. Mettler, Bell Labs. (United States)
David J. DiGiovanni, Bell Labs. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2966:
Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 1996
Harold E. Bennett; Arthur H. Guenther; Mark R. Kozlowski; Brian Emerson Newnam; M. J. Soileau, Editor(s)

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