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Heating power feedback control for CO2 laser fusion splicers
Author(s): Wenxin Zheng; Hiroshi Sugawara; Toshirou Mizushima; William Klimowych
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Paper Abstract

A novel feedback control method has been developed for an automated splicer using a CO2 laser as the heating element. The feedback method employs a sensor for laser beam power and CMOS cameras as sensors for fiber luminescence which is directly related to glass temperature. The CO2 laser splicer with this type of feedback system provides a consistent platform for the fiber laser and bio-medical industry for fabrication of fused glass components such as tapers, couplers, combiners, mode-field adaptors, and fusion splices. With such a closed loop feedback system, both splice loss and peak-to-peak taper ripple are greatly reduced.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 February 2013
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8601, Fiber Lasers X: Technology, Systems, and Applications, 860129 (26 February 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2002648
Show Author Affiliations
Wenxin Zheng, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Hiroshi Sugawara, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Toshirou Mizushima, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
William Klimowych, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8601:
Fiber Lasers X: Technology, Systems, and Applications
Sami T. Hendow, Editor(s)

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