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Optical fiber transmission of a high-average-power excimer laser
Author(s): A. S. Gouillon; Alexandre Gatto; Philippe Ch. Delaporte; Bernard L. Fontaine; Marc L. Sentis; Olivier P. Uteza
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Paper Abstract

Transmission of XeCl excimer laser pulses through commercial silica optical fibers with high OH content have been investigated. The Ultraviolet irradiation of these optical fibers includes color center generation and two photon absorption in the fiber core. These absorbing centers disappear at room temperature. A spectroscopic study of fiber core fluorescence permitted to clearly identify the Non Bridging Oxygen Hole Centers as main type of defects created. The influence of laser parameters on transmission evolution of the optical fiber observed during irradiation are discussed. The use of a bundle of fibers to transmit high average power excimer laser is presented. The results obtained in these experiments are promising for the use of optical fibers in a wide range of excimer laser industrial applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 May 1998
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3404, ALT'97 International Conference on Laser Surface Processing, (26 May 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.308632
Show Author Affiliations
A. S. Gouillon, IRPHE/CNRS (France)
Alexandre Gatto, IRPHE/CNRS (Germany)
Philippe Ch. Delaporte, IRPHE/CNRS (France)
Bernard L. Fontaine, IRPHE/CNRS (France)
Marc L. Sentis, IRPHE/CNRS (France)
Olivier P. Uteza, IRPHE/CNRS (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3404:
ALT'97 International Conference on Laser Surface Processing
Vladimir I. Pustovoy, Editor(s)

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