Journal article

Investigation of erbium dopant distribution in silica optical fibers with fluorescence-based measurements using a near-field scanning microscope

Fotios Sidiroglou, Ann Roberts, Greg W Baxter

OPTICAL ENGINEERING | SPIE-SOC PHOTO-OPTICAL INSTRUMENTATION ENGINEERS | Published : 2014

Abstract

High spatial resolution information of the rare-earth dopant distribution in optical fibers enriches our understanding of the fiber manufacture processes and enables improvement in the design of active photonic devices including optical fiber lasers and amplifiers. Here, data from an investigation of the backscattered fluorescence signal off the end-face of an erbium (Er3+) doped silica optical fiber obtained with a near-field scanning optical microscope (NSOM) are presented. It has been recently confirmed via a theoretical model that information about the relative Er3+ ion distribution in fibers can be inferred by simply monitoring the fluorescence signal originating from the de-excitation ..

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