Bragg gratings inscribed in solid-core microstructured single-mode polymer optical fiber drawn from a 3D-printed polycarbonate preform


This paper reports the first microstructured solid-core fiber drawn from a 3D-printed preform and the first fiber Bragg gratings inscribed in a fiber of this type. The presented fiber is made of polycarbonate and displays single-mode behavior. The fiber attenuation was the lowest reported so far for a POF drawn from a 3D-printed preform across a broad range of wavelengths. In addition, extensive fiber characterization results are presented and discussed including: fiber attenuation, mode simulations, dynamic thermomechanical analysis and thermo-optic coefficient. Fiber Bragg gratings are successfully inscribed in the produced fiber using three different lasers: a continuous wave helium-cadmium laser, a pulsed femtosecond frequency doubled ytterbium laser and ultra-violet nanosecond krypton fluoride laser. Mechanical testing of the fiber showed that the 3D printing approach did not introduce any unexpected or undesirable characteristics. Index Terms— Fiber optics sensors, fiber Bragg gratings, microstructured fibers, fiber characterization, additive layer manufacturing, 3D printing, fused deposition modeling.

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
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Uncontrolled Keywords: 3D printing,Fiber optics sensors,additive layer manufacturing,fiber Bragg gratings,fiber characterization,fused deposition modeling,microstructured fibers,Instrumentation,Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Publication ISSN: 1558-1748
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2024 07:25
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2020 10:15
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2020-11-01
Published Online Date: 2020-06-18
Accepted Date: 2020-06-18
Authors: Zubel, Michal
Fasano, A.
Woyessa, Getinet
Min, Rui
Leal-Junio, Arnaldo
Theodosiou, A.
Marques, C.A.F.
Bang, Ole
Ortega, Beatriz
Kalli, Kyriacos
Frizera-Neto, A.
Pontes, M.J.
Sugden, Kate (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-6323-1082)



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