Solitary thermal shock-waves and optical damage in optical fibres: the fiber fuse


Hand, D.P. and Russell, P.St.J. (1988) Solitary thermal shock-waves and optical damage in optical fibres: the fiber fuse. Optics Letters, 13, 767-769. (doi:10.1364/OL.13.000767).

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Original Publication URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.13.000767

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Fresh experimental and theoretical results on thermally induced catastrophic breakdown (the fiber fuse) in optical fibers are presented, including the observation that the damage is not always irreversible and an analysis of the complex unsteady absorption-heat-conduction process that controls the effect. Good agreement with experiment in obtained with just two independent parameters. The analysis shows that the fiber fuse is a new kind of solitary thermal shock wave in whose leading edge the temperature gradients can reach several thousand Kelvins per micrometer.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0146-9592 (print)
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Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Optoelectronics Research Centre
ePrint ID: 78487
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:59
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/78487

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