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Suppression of solarization effects in optical fibers for 266-nm laser radiation
Author(s): Peter Karlitschek; Karl-Friedrich Klein; Georg Hillrichs
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Paper Abstract

The creation of color centers in the Si-O network of a fused silica fiber by UV laser photons leads to solarization and hence to decreasing optical UV-transmission of the fiber. So fibers are only of little use for UV laser applications. We now found a way to improve the fiber properties by reduction of solarization. The transmission behavior of these modified fibers for 266 nm pulsed laser radiation has been studied. Spectroscopic experiments give some insight into the creation processes and the repair dynamics of the color centers. The influence of the OH-content in the fiber was also investigated. Based on this work, it is possible to realize fiber optic beam delivery systems for frequency quadrupled Nd:YAG lasers and for other high power UV laser sources. These results may also be useful for the improvement of bulk fused silica for UV applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 May 1997
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2966, Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 1996, (13 May 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.274251
Show Author Affiliations
Peter Karlitschek, Laser-Lab. Goettingen e.V. (Germany)
Karl-Friedrich Klein, Fachhochschule Giessen-Friedberg (Germany)
Georg Hillrichs, Fachhochschule Merseburg (Germany)

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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