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Advances in gallium lanthanum sulphide glass for optical fiber and devices
Author(s): Arshad K. Mairaj; Marco N. Petrovich; Yvonne D. West; A. Fu; D. W. J. Harwood; L.N. Ng; Tanya M. Monro; N. G. Broderick; Daniel W. Hewak
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Paper Abstract

The advantages of gallium lanthanum sulphide (GLS) based glass over other competing glasses for active and infrared applications are evident through its low-phonon energy, high rare-earth solubility, high transition temperature and non-toxicity. However this glass often devitrifies during fibre drawing due to a small separation between the crystallisation and fibre thawing temperatures. Improving GLS fabrication technology may hold the key to achieving practical optical waveguide devices. In this paper, we describe the cunent GLS research status, methods ofimproving glass purity and our directions toward alternatives to traditional fibre technology, in particular planar channel waveguides and holey or microstructured fibres.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 2001
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4204, Fiber Optic Sensor Technology II, (1 March 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.417421
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Arshad K. Mairaj, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)
Marco N. Petrovich, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)
Yvonne D. West, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)
A. Fu, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)
D. W. J. Harwood, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)
L.N. Ng, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)
Tanya M. Monro, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)
N. G. Broderick, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)
Daniel W. Hewak, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4204:
Fiber Optic Sensor Technology II
Brian Culshaw; Michael A. Marcus; Brian Culshaw; James A. Harrington; Michael A. Marcus; Mohammed Saad, Editor(s)

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