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Loss and correlation measurements in squaraine-doped nonlinear polymer optical fibers
Author(s): Robert J. Kruhlak; Jeremy E. Young; Mark G. Kuzyk
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Paper Abstract

Loss measurements for dye-doped polymer optical fibers are reported. These losses can contribute to the degradation of information in communications systems and limit the effectiveness of optical modulators built from nonlinear polymer optical fibers. Therefore it is essential that loss mechanisms be studied to determine which dyes can be used successfully. rThansverse scattering and successive-cut-and-measure techniques are compared. The benefit of the transverse loss measurement is that it is non-destructive while the successive-cut-and-measure method is simple albeit time consuming. Along with a characterization of linear absorption, the transverse loss technique provides a way to quantitatively describe the inhomogeneities in these fibers by providing the means for calculating the correlation length (to be described in the text) of the fiber that is measured.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 October 1997
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3147, Nonlinear Optical Properties of Organic Materials X, (13 October 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.284243
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Robert J. Kruhlak, Washington State Univ. (United States)
Jeremy E. Young, Washington State Univ. (United States)
Mark G. Kuzyk, Washington State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3147:
Nonlinear Optical Properties of Organic Materials X
Mark G. Kuzyk, Editor(s)

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