Bragg gratings inscription using PMMA polymer optical fibers drawn from preforms with specific thermal pre-treatment


In this work, fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) are inscribed in various undoped poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) polymer optical fibres (POFs) using different types of UV lasers and inscription time and their temperature and strain sensitivities are investigated. The polymer optical fiber Bragg gratings (POFBGs) were inscribed using two UV lasers: a continuous UV HeCd @325 nm laser and a pulsed UV KrF @248 nm laser. The PMMA POFs drawn from a preform without specific thermal pre-treatment need more inscription time than the fibers drawn from a preform that has been pre-annealed at 80ºC for 2 weeks. Using both UV lasers, for the latter fiber less than half the inscription time is needed compared with a commercial undoped PMMA POF and other homemade POFs, where the preforms have not had a well-defined thermal pre-treatment. The effect on a POF from a preform that has been annealed prior to drawing is different as previously shown in the literature, where these POFs are much less sensitive to thermal treatment. Also, a proper polymerization process plays a key role as will be discussed. These results indicate the impact of preform thermal pre-treatment as well as polymerization process before the PMMA POFs drawing, which can be an essential characteristic in view of developing POF sensors technology.

Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aston Institute of Photonics Technology (AIPT)
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Event Title: 25th International Conference on Plastic Optical Fibres, POF 2016
Event Type: Other
Event Dates: 2016-09-13 - 2016-09-15
Uncontrolled Keywords: Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials,Polymers and Plastics,Materials Chemistry
ISBN: 978-1-85449-408-5
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2024 08:31
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2017 11:05
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PURE Output Type: Conference contribution
Published Date: 2016-12-01
Accepted Date: 2016-09-01
Authors: Marques, Carlos A.F.
Pospori, Andreas (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-4866-1361)
Demirci, Gökhan
Cetinkaya, Onur
Gawdzik, Barbara
Antunes, Paulo
Mergo, Pawel
André, Paulo



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