Effects induced by 4.7 eV UV laser irradiation on pure silica core multimode optical fibers investigated by in situ optical absorption measurements

Comandè, F

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Abstract

We investigated by in situ optical absorption measurements the effects induced by 4.7 eV UV laser irradiation on pure silica core optical fibers. Laser irradiation with 100 MWcm−2 laser intensity generates in the fiber E′ centers which partially decay after irradiation due to their reaction with diffusing H2. An absorption band peaked at 5.3 eV is observed to grow in the post-irradiation stage with a kinetics anti-correlated to the decay of the 5.8 eV band of the E′ centers. The defect absorbing at 5.3 eV is proposed to be formed by trapping on pre-existing precursors of hydrogen atoms made available by breaking of H2 on E′.We also show by repeated irradiation experiments that the 5.3 eV-absorbing center is photochemically destroyed by 4.7 eV laser light, and we estimate the cross section of this process. Possible structural models for this defect are discussed.
We investigated by in situ optical absorption measurements the effects induced by 4.7 eV UV laser irradiation on pure silica core optical fibers. Laser irradiation with 100 MWcm−2 laser intensity generates in the fiber E′ centers which partially decay after irradiation due to their reaction with diffusing H2. An absorption band peaked at 5.3 eV is observed to grow in the post-irradiation stage with a kinetics anti-correlated to the decay of the 5.8 eV band of the E′ centers. The defect absorbing at 5.3 eV is proposed to be formed by trapping on pre-existing precursors of hydrogen atoms made available by breaking of H2 on E′.We also show by repeated irradiation experiments that the 5.3 eV-absorbing center is photochemically destroyed by 4.7 eV laser light, and we estimate the cross section of this process. Possible structural models for this defect are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1985-1988
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Non-Crystalline Solids
Volume357
Publication statusPublished - 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites

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