The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

High precision 9.6 µm CO2 laser end-face processing of optical fibres

High precision 9.6 µm CO2 laser end-face processing of optical fibres
High precision 9.6 µm CO2 laser end-face processing of optical fibres
Reproducible, precise cleaving of optical fibres is of great importance to the fibre laser and telecommunications industries. We present a novel approach to the end-face processing of optical fibres using a 9.6 µm CO2 laser to produce flat, smooth and symmetric fibre end-face profiles with no rounding or melting at the edges of the fibre. As a demonstration, precision cleaving of a 400 µm diameter optical fibre is reported. For this fibre a topographical profile height of <400 nm (0.06°) and a reproducibility better than 200 nm (0.03°) was achieved. To the best of our knowledge this is the first demonstration of a CO2 process that has generated a fibre end-face topography substantially smaller than a typical mechanical cleave. Highlighting the flexibility of this system, we have also demonstrated the generation of near arbitrary fiber end-face profiles such as discrete phase steps and non-spherical surface profiles.
1094-4087
15065-15071
Boyd, Keiron
15f34952-e5f0-4a2a-a99c-6fff3a6e4844
Rees, Simon
ac380b3a-0ff2-406d-992b-30798f0e6563
Simakov, Nikita
984eef10-d13b-4cc6-852f-bcc58b432832
Daniel, Jae M.O.
6196e732-cd6c-43a7-bc9f-bc4f99e72c23
Swain, Robert
b4bbc6b6-12ad-4add-8c95-e9598464a729
Mies, Eric
469b4576-1541-4502-83af-8cd4294239a5
Hemming, Alexander
2f1ab4dc-cda5-4e5e-be44-c8365a0f2345
Clarkson, W.Andrew
3b060f63-a303-4fa5-ad50-95f166df1ba2
Haub, John
38366a29-41e6-4aae-893d-a56386bdfea3
Boyd, Keiron
15f34952-e5f0-4a2a-a99c-6fff3a6e4844
Rees, Simon
ac380b3a-0ff2-406d-992b-30798f0e6563
Simakov, Nikita
984eef10-d13b-4cc6-852f-bcc58b432832
Daniel, Jae M.O.
6196e732-cd6c-43a7-bc9f-bc4f99e72c23
Swain, Robert
b4bbc6b6-12ad-4add-8c95-e9598464a729
Mies, Eric
469b4576-1541-4502-83af-8cd4294239a5
Hemming, Alexander
2f1ab4dc-cda5-4e5e-be44-c8365a0f2345
Clarkson, W.Andrew
3b060f63-a303-4fa5-ad50-95f166df1ba2
Haub, John
38366a29-41e6-4aae-893d-a56386bdfea3

Boyd, Keiron, Rees, Simon, Simakov, Nikita, Daniel, Jae M.O., Swain, Robert, Mies, Eric, Hemming, Alexander, Clarkson, W.Andrew and Haub, John (2015) High precision 9.6 µm CO2 laser end-face processing of optical fibres. Optics Express, 23 (11), 15065-15071. (doi:10.1364/OE.23.015065).

Record type: Article

Abstract

Reproducible, precise cleaving of optical fibres is of great importance to the fibre laser and telecommunications industries. We present a novel approach to the end-face processing of optical fibres using a 9.6 µm CO2 laser to produce flat, smooth and symmetric fibre end-face profiles with no rounding or melting at the edges of the fibre. As a demonstration, precision cleaving of a 400 µm diameter optical fibre is reported. For this fibre a topographical profile height of <400 nm (0.06°) and a reproducibility better than 200 nm (0.03°) was achieved. To the best of our knowledge this is the first demonstration of a CO2 process that has generated a fibre end-face topography substantially smaller than a typical mechanical cleave. Highlighting the flexibility of this system, we have also demonstrated the generation of near arbitrary fiber end-face profiles such as discrete phase steps and non-spherical surface profiles.

Text
oe-23-11-15065.pdf - Version of Record
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.
Download (3MB)

More information

Accepted/In Press date: 25 May 2015
Published date: 1 June 2015
Organisations: Optoelectronics Research Centre

Identifiers

Local EPrints ID: 386333
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/386333
ISSN: 1094-4087
PURE UUID: 7a72a62a-c517-446c-bdab-80a190d1707c

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 22 Jan 2016 15:42
Last modified: 30 Jan 2019 17:31

Export record

Altmetrics

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton: eprints@soton.ac.uk

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/cgi/oai2

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.

×