doi: 10.17586/2226-1494-2016-16-6-1018-1022


S. V. Varzhel, M. Rothhardt, A. V. Kulikov, B. Hartmut

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For citation: Varzhel S.V., Rothhardt M., Kulikov A.V., Bartelt H. Effect of optical fiber hydrogen loading on the inscription efficiency of chirped Bragg gratings by means of KrF excimer laser radiation. Scientific and Technical Journal of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics, 2016, vol. 16, no. 6, pp. 1018–1022.. doi: 10.17586/2226-1494-2016-16-6-1018-1022


Subject of Research.We present comparative results of the chirped Bragg gratings inscription efficiency in optical fiber of domestic production with and without low-temperature hydrogen loading. Method. Chirped fiber Bragg gratings inscription was made by the Talbot interferometer with chirped phase mask having a chirp rate of 2.3 nm/cm used for the laser beam amplitude separation. The excimer laser system Coherent COMPexPro 150T, working with the gas mixture KrF (248 nm), was used as the radiation source. In order to increase the UV photosensitivity, the optical fiber was placed in a chamber with hydrogen under a pressure of 10 MPa and kept there for 14 days at 40 °C. Main Results. The usage of the chirped phase mask in a Talbot interferometer scheme has made it possible to get a full width at half-maximum of the fiber Bragg grating reflection spectrum of 3.5 nm with induced diffraction structure length of 5 mm. By preliminary hydrogen loading of optical fiber the broad reflection spectrum fiber Bragg gratings with a reflectivity close to 100% has been inscribed. Practical Relevance. The resulting chirped fiber Bragg gratings can be used as dispersion compensators in optical fiber communications, as well as the reflective elements of distributed fiber-optic phase interferometric sensors.

Keywords: fiber Bragg grating, chirping, phase mask, hydrogen loading, Talbot interferometer, excimer laser

Acknowledgements. This work has been executed at ITMO University and supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation (Unique identifier of the project: RFMEFI57815X0109, Contract No.14.578.21.0109).


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