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Optically driven deposition of nanostructures on optical fiber end faces
Author(s): Reinher Pimentel-Domínguez; Natanael Cuando-Espitia; Juan Hernández-Cordero
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Paper Abstract

We present a simple and inexpensive way to incorporate nanostructures in optical fibers based on optically driven transport of nanoparticles. The technique has been previously used to incorporate carbon nanotubes in fiber laser systems and relies on the deposition of nanostructures driven by the optical radiation propagating in the fiber. We demonstrate that this technique allows for incorporating graphite nanotubes and nanoparticles on the tip of the fibers and fiber connectors. Flow visualization techniques and thermal analysis of the deposition process show experimental evidence of the thermophoretic and pressure gradients involved in the incorporation of nanostructures onto optical fibers. Furthermore, we demonstrate the formation of micron sized bubbles on the tip of the fibers coated with nanostructures and show that this technique could render useful for developing micro bubble generators and mixers for micron sized structures.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 October 2010
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 7839, 2nd Workshop on Specialty Optical Fibers and Their Applications (WSOF-2), 78391X (14 October 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.868285
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Reinher Pimentel-Domínguez, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Natanael Cuando-Espitia, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
Juan Hernández-Cordero, Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7839:
2nd Workshop on Specialty Optical Fibers and Their Applications (WSOF-2)
Juan Hernández-Cordero; Ismael Torres-Gómez; Alexis Méndez, Editor(s)

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