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Designing high-power components for optical telecommunications
Author(s): Joseph Kulakofsky; Warren Lewis; Michael Robertson; Thomas Moore; Gokul Krishnan
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Paper Abstract

The need for higher bandwidth in telecommunication systems is driving the development of higher power amplifiers, both EDFAs and Raman systems. This means the optical components incorporated in these amplifiers and systems must be able to withstand high power operation. In the 1400-1600-nm wavelength region, greater than 1 W of optical power is required, and in the 980-nm pump region greater than 500 mW is required. After exploring the applications for high power components, this paper discusses short and long-term failure modes that have been discovered to date. These failure modes are mainly concerned with the quality of the fiber tip and subsequent anti-reflection (AR) coatings. Component designs to eliminate these failures will be presented along with proposed tests to assure they can withstand these, and ever increasing high optical power requirements for reliable, long-term operation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 April 2002
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 4679, Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 2001, (9 April 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.461709
Show Author Affiliations
Joseph Kulakofsky, JDS Uniphase Corp. (United States)
Warren Lewis, JDS Uniphase Corp. (United States)
Michael Robertson, JDS Uniphase Corp. (United States)
Thomas Moore, JDS Uniphase Corp. (United States)
Gokul Krishnan, JDS Uniphase Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4679:
Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 2001
Gregory J. Exarhos; Arthur H. Guenther; Keith L. Lewis; M. J. Soileau; Christopher J. Stolz, Editor(s)

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