CO2 laser writing of long-period fiber grating in photonic crystal fiber under tension

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4533-4539
Journal / PublicationOptics Express
Volume17
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 16 Mar 2009

Abstract

We demonstrate that the efficiency of CO2 laser writing of longperiod fiber gratings in a solid-core photonic crystal fiber (PCF) can be enhanced greatly by applying tension to the fiber during the writing process through the mechanism of frozen-in viscoelasticity. Using this mechanism, we are able to write strong gratings in PCFs with a dosage of CO2 laser radiation low enough not to cause any significant fiber structure deformation. © 2009 Optical Society of America.