Thermal effects on the photoelastic coefficient of polymer optical fibers

Acheroy, Sophie, Merken, Patrick, Ottevaere, Heidi, Geernaert, Thomas, Thienpont, Hugo, Marques, Carlos A.F., Webb, David J., Peng, Gang-Ding, Mergo, Pawel and Berghmans, Francis (2016). Thermal effects on the photoelastic coefficient of polymer optical fibers. Optics Letters, 41 (11), pp. 2517-2520.

Abstract

We measure the radial profile of the photoelastic coefficient C(r) in single-mode polymer optical fibers (POFs), and we determine the evolution of C(r) after annealing the fibers at temperatures from 40°C to 80°C. We demonstrate that C(r) in the fibers drawn from a preform without specific thermal pre-treatment changes and converges to values between 1.2 and 1.6×10-12 Pa-1 following annealing at 80°C. The annealed fibers display a smoothened radial profile of C(r) and a lowered residual birefringence. In contrast, the mean value of C(r) of the fiber drawn from a preform that has been pre-annealed remains constant after our annealing process and is significantly higher, i.e., 4×10-12 Pa-1. The annealing process decreases the residual birefringence to a lower extent as well. These measurements indicate the impact of annealing on the thermal stability of the photoelastic coefficient of POFs, which is an essential characteristic in view of developing POF-based thermomechanical sensors.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1364/OL.41.002517
Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > Aston Institute of Photonics Technology
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Electrical, Electronic & Power Engineering
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
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Published Date: 2016-06-01
Authors: Acheroy, Sophie
Merken, Patrick
Ottevaere, Heidi
Geernaert, Thomas
Thienpont, Hugo
Marques, Carlos A.F.
Webb, David J. ( 0000-0002-5495-1296)
Peng, Gang-Ding
Mergo, Pawel
Berghmans, Francis

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