Multimaterial disc-to-fiber approach to efficiently produce robust infrared fibers
Abbreviated Journal Title
Opt. Mater. Express
EXTRUDED TELLURITE GLASS; SUPERCONTINUUM GENERATION; OPTICAL-FIBERS; CHALCOGENIDE NANOTAPERS; EXTRUSION; PREFORMS; WAVE; Materials Science, Multidisciplinary; Optics
A critical challenge in the fabrication of chalcogenide-glass infrared optical fibers is the need for first producing large volumes of high-purity glass-a formidable task, particularly in the case of multicomponent glasses. We describe here a procedure based on multimaterial coextrusion of a hybrid glass-polymer preform from which extended lengths of robust infrared fibers are readily drawn. Only similar to 2 g of glass is required to produce 46 m of step-index fiber with core diameters in the range 10-18 mu m. This process enables rapid prototyping of a variety of glasses for applications in the delivery of quantum cascade laser light, spectroscopy, sensing, and astronomy. (C) 2014 Optical Society of America
Optical Materials Express
"Multimaterial disc-to-fiber approach to efficiently produce robust infrared fibers" (2014). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 6162.