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  1. Tapered fiber amplifier

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Russell, Stephen D.; Stamnitz, Timothy C.

    1990-07-01

    A tapered optical fiber amplifier is designed to provide for long-distance, un-repeatered fiber optic communications. Two single-mode fiber portions are tapered to efficiently intensify and couple an information signal from a laser diode and a pump signal at a shorter wavelength into a fused, tapered single-mode fiber optic coupler. The concentrated information signal and concentrated pump signal are combined via the coupler which is coupled to a several-kilometer length of a relatively small core diametered single-mode fiber to create nonlinear optical effect (stimulated Raman scattering) (SRS). The SRS causes Raman shift of the pump light into the small core diametered single-mode fiber length, thereby generating SRS to result in a signal amplification and an efficient extraction of the amplified signal via the tapered output fiber portion or pigtail.

  2. Tapered fibers embedded in silica aerogel.

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    Xiao, Limin; Grogan, Michael D W; Leon-Saval, Sergio G; Williams, Rhys; England, Richard; Wadsworth, Willam J; Birks, Tim A

    2009-09-15

    We have embedded thin tapered fibers (with diameters down to 1 microm) in silica aerogel with low loss. The aerogel is rigid but behaves refractively like air, protecting the taper without disturbing light propagation along it. This enables a new class of fiber devices exploiting volume evanescent interactions with the aerogel itself or with dopants or gases in the pores. PMID:19756084

  3. Workplace for manufacturing devices based on optical fiber tapers

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    Martan, Tomáš; Honzátko, Pavel; Kaňka, Jiři; Novotný, Karel

    2007-04-01

    Many important optical fiber components are based on tapered optical fibers. A taper made from a single-mode optical fiber can be used, e.g., as a chemical sensor, bio-chemical sensor, or beam expander. A fused pair of tapers can be used as a fiber directional coupler. Fiber tapers can be fabricated in several simple ways. However, a tapering apparatus is required for more sophisticated fabrication of fiber tapers. The paper deals with fabrication and characterization of fiber tapers made from a single-mode optical fiber. A tapering apparatus was built for producing devices based on fiber tapers. The apparatus is universal and enables one to taper optical fibers of different types by a method utilizing stretching a flame-heated section of a silica fiber. Fiber tapers with constant waist length and different waist diameters were fabricated. The transition region of each fiber taper monotonically decreased in diameter along its length from the untapered fiber to the taper waist. The fiber tapers were fabricated with a constant drawing velocity, while the central zone of the original single-mode fiber was heated along a constant length. The spectral transmissions of the manufactured fiber tapers with different parameters were measured by the cut-back method.

  4. Tapered fiber based high power random laser.

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    Zhang, Hanwei; Du, Xueyuan; Zhou, Pu; Wang, Xiaolin; Xu, Xiaojun

    2016-04-18

    We propose a novel high power random fiber laser (RFL) based on tapered fiber. It can overcome the power scaling limitation of RFL while maintaining good beam quality to a certain extent. An output power of 26.5 W has been achieved in a half-open cavity with one kilometer long tapered fiber whose core diameter gradually changes from 8 μm to 20 μm. The steady-state light propagation equations have been modified by taking into account the effective core area to demonstrate the tapered RFL through numerical calculations. The numerical model effectively describes the power characteristics of the tapered fiber based RFL, and both the calculating and experimental results show higher power exporting potential compared with the conventional single mode RFL. PMID:27137338

  5. Tapered polysilicon core fibers for nonlinear photonics.

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    Suhailin, Fariza H; Shen, Li; Healy, Noel; Xiao, Limin; Jones, Maxwell; Hawkins, Thomas; Ballato, John; Gibson, Ursula J; Peacock, Anna C

    2016-04-01

    We propose and demonstrate a novel approach to obtaining small-core polysilicon waveguides from the silicon fiber platform. The fibers were fabricated via a conventional drawing tower method and, subsequently, tapered down to achieve silicon core diameters of ∼1  μm, the smallest optical cores for this class of fiber to date. Characterization of the material properties have shown that the taper process helps to improve the local crystallinity of the silicon core, resulting in a significant reduction in the material loss. By exploiting the combination of small cores and low losses, these tapered fibers have enabled the first observation of nonlinear transmission within a polycrystalline silicon waveguide of any type. As the fiber drawing method is highly scalable, it opens a route for the development of low-cost and flexible nonlinear silicon photonic systems. PMID:27192236

  6. Nanostructured tapered optical fibers for paticle trapping

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    Daly, Mark; Truong, Viet Giang; Nic Chormaic, Síle

    2015-05-01

    Optical micro- and nanofibers have recently gained popularity as tools in quantum engineering using laser-cooled, neutral atoms. In particular, atoms can be trapped around such optical fibers, and photons coupled into the fibers from the surrounding atoms could be used to transfer quantum state information within the system. It has also been demonstrated that such fibers can be used to manipulate and trap silica and polystyrene particles in the 1-3 μm range. We recently proposed using a focused ion beam nanostructured tapered optical fiber for improved atom trapping geometries1. Here, we present details on the design and fabrication of these nanostructured optical fibers and their integration into particle trapping platforms for the demonstration of submicron particle trapping. The optical fibers are tapered to approximately 1-2 μm waist diameters, using a custom-built, heat-and-pull fiber rig, prior to processing using a focused ion beam. Slots of about 300 nm in width and 10-20 μm in length are milled right though the waist regions of the tapered optical fibers. Details on the fabrication steeps necessary to ensure high optical transmission though the fiber post processing are included. Fiber transmissions of over 80% over a broad range of wavelengths, in the 700-11100 nm range, are attainable. We also present simulation results on the impact of varying the slot parameters on the trap depths achievable and milling multiple traps within a single tapered fiber. This work demonstrates even further the functionality of optical micro- and nanofibers as trapping devices across a range of regimes.

  7. Tapered fiber bundle couplers for high-power fiber amplifiers

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    Sliwinska, Dorota; Kaczmarek, Pawel; Abramski, Krzysztof M.

    2014-12-01

    In this work, we would like to demonstrate our results on performing (6+1)x1 tapered fiber bundle combiners using a trielectrode fiber splicing system. In our combiners we have used 9/80 μm (core/clad) diameter fibers as single-mode signal input ports. Using this fiber, instead of a conventional 9/125 μm single-mode fiber allowed us to reduce the taper ratio and therefore significantly increase the signal transmission. We have also performed power combiner which is based on the LMA fibers: input signal fiber 20/125μm and passive double clad fiber 25/300 μm at the output.

  8. Monitoring techniques for the manufacture of tapered optical fibers.

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    Mullaney, Kevin; Correia, Ricardo; Staines, Stephen E; James, Stephen W; Tatam, Ralph P

    2015-10-01

    The use of a range of optical techniques to monitor the process of fabricating optical fiber tapers is investigated. Thermal imaging was used to optimize the alignment of the optical system; the transmission spectrum of the fiber was monitored to confirm that the tapers had the required optical properties and the strain induced in the fiber during tapering was monitored using in-line optical fiber Bragg gratings. Tapers were fabricated with diameters down to 5 μm and with waist lengths of 20 mm using single-mode SMF-28 fiber. PMID:26479631

  9. Adiabatically-tapered fiber mode multiplexers.

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    Yerolatsitis, S; Gris-Sánchez, I; Birks, T A

    2014-01-13

    Simple all-fiber three-mode multiplexers were made by adiabatically merging three dissimilar single-mode cores into one multimode core. This was achieved by collapsing air holes in a photonic crystal fiber and (in a separate device) by fusing and tapering separate telecom fibers in a fluorine-doped silica capillary. In each case the LP01 mode and both LP11 modes were individually excited from three separate input cores, with losses below 0.3 and 0.7 dB respectively and mode purities exceeding 10 dB. Scaling to more modes is challenging, but would be assisted by using single-mode fibers with a smaller ratio of cladding to core diameter. PMID:24515021

  10. An acoustic vibration sensor based on tapered triple cladding fiber

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    Xu, Hui; Pang, Fufei; Zhao, Shiqi; Chen, Zhenyi; Wang, Tingyun

    2014-05-01

    An acoustic vibration sensor is investigated and demonstrated by using a tapered triple cladding fiber (TCF). It is fabricated by tapering a length of 2 cm TCF which is spliced between two single mode fibers (SMF). The TCF consists of core, inner cladding, middle cladding and outer cladding. After the tapering process, this structure becomes a tapered coaxial fiber coupler which presents a periodic filtering transmission spectrum. The surrounding vibration perturbation can be directly demodulated by intensity detection of the transmission power at a particular wavelength. The experimental result shows that the maximum frequency response of 700 kHz is achieved.

  11. Group delay and dispersion tailoring in nonadiabatic tapered fibers

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    Mas, Sara; Palací, Jesús; Martí, Javier

    2016-09-01

    The dispersion profile of a nonadiabatic tapered singlemode fiber is characterized and dynamically tuned. Its group delay and dispersion parameters are measured and compared to those of a standard singlemode fiber. The dispersion profile can be tuned by introducing a phase shift through mechanical stretching. Coarse tuning is also obtained by varying the surrounding medium of the tapered fiber. Dispersion values up to 700 ps/nm·km in nonadiabatic tapered fibers are obtained for the first time. Dynamic tuning exposed here can be very useful in applications such as nonlinearities or soliton generation.

  12. Nonlinear transmission through a tapered fiber in rubidium vapor

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    Hendrickson, S. M.; Pittman, T. B.; Franson, J. D.

    2009-02-15

    Subwavelength-diameter tapered optical fibers surrounded by rubidium vapor can undergo a substantial decrease in transmission at high atomic densities due to the accumulation of rubidium atoms on the surface of the fiber. Here we demonstrate the ability to control these changes in transmission using light guided within the taper. We observe transmission through a tapered fiber that is a nonlinear function of the incident power. This effect can also allow a strong control beam to change the transmission of a weak probe beam.

  13. Compact fiber optic immunosensor using tapered fibers and acoustic enhancement

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    Zhou, Chonghua; Pivarnik, Philip E.; Auger, Steven; Rand, Arthur G.; Letcher, Stephen V.

    1997-06-01

    A compact fiber-optic sensing system that features all-fiber optical design and semiconductor-laser excitation has been developed and tested. A 2X2 fiber coupler directs the input light to the SMA connected sensing fiber tip and the fluorescent signal back to a CCD fiber spectrophotometer. In this system, the fluorescent signal is confined in the fiber system so the signal-to-noise ratio is greatly improved and the system can be operate in ambient light conditions. The utilization of a red laser diode has reduced the background signal of non-essential biomolecules. The fluorescent dye used is Cy5, which has an excitation wavelength of 650 nm and a fluorescent center wavelength of 680 nm. To illustrate the biosensor's diagnostic capabilities, a sandwich immunoassay to detect Salmonella is presented. Tapered fiber tips with different shapes and treatments were studied and optimized. An enhancement system employing ultrasonic concentration of target particles has also been developed and applied to the detection of Salmonella. The immunoassay was conducted in a test chamber that also serves as an ultrasonic standing-wave cell and allows microspheres to be concentrated in a column along the fiber probe. The system demonstrates broad promise in future biomedical application.

  14. Enhancing sensitivity of biconical tapered fiber sensors with multiple passes through the taper

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    Cohoon, Gregory; Boyter, Chris; Errico, Michael; Vandervoort, Kurt; Salik, Ertan

    2010-03-01

    A single biconical fiber taper is a simple and low-cost yet powerful sensor. With a distinct strength in refractive index (RI) sensing, biconical tapered fiber sensors can find their place in handheld sensor platforms, especially as biosensors that are greatly needed in health care, environmental protection, food safety, and biodefense. We report doubling of sensitivity for these sensors with two passes through the tapered region, which becomes possible through the use of sensitive and high-dynamic-range photodetectors. In a proof-of-principle experiment, we measured transmission through the taper when it was immersed in isopropyl alcohol-water mixtures of varying concentrations, in which a thin gold layer at the tip of the fiber acted as a mirror enabling two passes through the tapered region. This improved the sensitivity from 0.43 dB/vol % in the single-pass case to 0.78 dB/vol % with two passes through the taper. The refractive index detection limit was estimated to be ~1.2×10-5 RI units (RIU) and ~0.6×10-5 RIU in the single- and double-pass schemes, respectively. We predict that further enhancement of sensitivity may be achieved with a higher number of passes through the taper.

  15. Adiabatic tapered optical fiber fabrication in two step etching

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    Chenari, Z.; Latifi, H.; Ghamari, S.; Hashemi, R. S.; Doroodmand, F.

    2016-01-01

    A two-step etching method using HF acid and Buffered HF is proposed to fabricate adiabatic biconical optical fiber tapers. Due to the fact that the etching rate in second step is almost 3 times slower than the previous droplet etching method, terminating the fabrication process is controllable enough to achieve a desirable fiber diameter. By monitoring transmitted spectrum, final diameter and adiabaticity of tapers are deduced. Tapers with losses about 0.3 dB in air and 4.2 dB in water are produced. The biconical fiber taper fabricated using this method is used to excite whispering gallery modes (WGMs) on a microsphere surface in an aquatic environment. So that they are suitable to be used in applications like WGM biosensors.

  16. Compact optical fiber curvature sensor based on concatenating two tapers.

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    Monzon-Hernandez, D; Martinez-Rios, A; Torres-Gomez, I; Salceda-Delgado, G

    2011-11-15

    A low-loss, compact, and highly sensitive optical fiber curvature sensor is presented. The device consists of two identical low-loss fused fiber tapers in tandem separated by a distance L. When the optical fiber is kept straight and fixed, no interference pattern appears in the transmitted spectrum. However, when the device is bent, the symmetry of the straight taper is lost and the first taper couples light into the cladding modes. In the second taper, a fraction of the total light guided by the cladding modes will be coupled back to the fundamental mode, producing an interference pattern in the transmitted spectrum. As the fiber device is bent, visibility of the interference fringes grows, reaching values close to 1. The dynamic range of the device can be tailored by the proper selection of taper diameter and separation between tapers. The effects of temperature and refractive index of the external medium on the response of the curvature sensor is also discussed. PMID:22089570

  17. Tapered fiber optic sensor for potassium detection in distilled water

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    Yasin, M.; Pujiyanto, .; Apsari, R.; Tanjung, M.

    2015-01-01

    A simple sensor is proposed and demonstrated using a silica tapered fiber for sensing different concentration of potassium in de-ionized water. The tapered fiber is fabricated using a flame brushing technique to achieve a waist diameter and length of 10 μm and 80 mm, respectively. For a concentration change from 0 to 50 %, the ouput signal of the sensor decreases exponentially from -10.04 dBm to -11.11 dBm with linearity of more than 92%. The increment of potassium concentration increases the refractive index of the solution, which in turn reduces the index difference between core and cladding of the tapered fiber and thus allows more light to be leaked out from the fiber. This new potassium monitoring system provides numerous advantages such as simplicity of design and low cost of production.

  18. Tapered fluorotellurite microstructured fibers for broadband supercontinuum generation.

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    Wang, Fang; Wang, Kangkang; Yao, Chuanfei; Jia, Zhixu; Wang, Shunbin; Wu, Changfeng; Qin, Guanshi; Ohishi, Yasutake; Qin, Weiping

    2016-02-01

    Fluorotellurite microstructured fibers (MFs) based on TeO2-BaF2-Y2O3 glasses are fabricated by using a rod-in-tube method. Tapered fluorotellurite MFs with varied transition region lengths are prepared by employing an elongation machine. By using a tapered fluorotellurite MF with a transition region length of ∼3.3  cm as the nonlinear medium and a 1560 nm femtosecond fiber laser as the pump source, broadband supercontinuum generation covering from 470 to 2770 nm is obtained. The effects of the transition region length of the tapered fluorotellurite MF on supercontinuum generation are also investigated. Our results show that tapered fluorotellurite MFs are promising nonlinear media for generating broadband supercontinuum light expanding from visible to mid-infrared spectral region. PMID:26907442

  19. Acoustic vibration sensor based on nonadiabatic tapered fibers.

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    Xu, Ben; Li, Yi; Sun, Miao; Zhang, Zhen-Wei; Dong, Xin-Yong; Zhang, Zai-Xuan; Jin, Shang-Zhong

    2012-11-15

    A simple and low-cost vibration sensor based on single-mode nonadiabatic fiber tapers is proposed and demonstrated. The environmental vibrations can be detected by demodulating the transmission loss of the nonadiabatic fiber taper. Theoretical simulations show that the transmission loss is related to the microbending of the fiber taper induced by vibrations. Unlike interferometric sensors, this vibration sensor does not need any feedback loop to control the quadrature point to obtain a stable performance. In addition, it has no requirement for the coherence of the light source and is insensitive to temperature changes. Experimental results show that this sensing system has a wide frequency response range from a few hertz to tens of kilohertz with the maximal signal to noise ratio up to 73 dB. PMID:23164907

  20. Tapered rib fiber coupler for semiconductor optical devices

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    Vawter, Gregory A.; Smith, Robert Edward

    2001-01-01

    A monolithic tapered rib waveguide for transformation of the spot size of light between a semiconductor optical device and an optical fiber or from the fiber into the optical device. The tapered rib waveguide is integrated into the guiding rib atop a cutoff mesa type semiconductor device such as an expanded mode optical modulator or and expanded mode laser. The tapered rib acts to force the guided light down into the mesa structure of the semiconductor optical device instead of being bound to the interface between the bottom of the guiding rib and the top of the cutoff mesa. The single mode light leaving or entering the output face of the mesa structure then can couple to the optical fiber at coupling losses of 1.0 dB or less.

  1. Ultra-low-loss tapered optical fibers with minimal lengths.

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    Nagai, Ryutaro; Aoki, Takao

    2014-11-17

    We design and fabricate ultra-low-loss tapered optical fibers (TOFs) with minimal lengths. We first optimize variations of the torch scan length using the flame-brush method for fabricating TOFs with taper angles that satisfy the adiabaticity criteria. We accordingly fabricate TOFs with optimal shapes and compare their transmission to TOFs with a constant taper angle and TOFs with an exponential shape. The highest transmission measured for TOFs with an optimal shape is in excess of 99.7% with a total TOF length of only 23 mm, whereas TOFs with a constant taper angle of 2 mrad reach 99.6% transmission for a 63 mm TOF length. PMID:25402084

  2. Submicron particle manipulation using slotted tapered optical fibers

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    Daly, M.; Truong, V. G.; Nic Chormaic, S.

    2015-08-01

    The use of optical micro- and nanofibers has become commonplace in the areas of atom trapping using neutral atoms and, perhaps more relevantly, the optical trapping and propulsion of micro- and nanoscale particles. It has been shown that such fibers can be used to manipulate and trap silica and polystyrene particles in the 1-3 µm range using either the fundamental or higher order modes of the fibers, with the propulsion of smaller particle sizes also possible through the use of metallic and/or high index materials. We previously proposed using a focused ion beam nanostructured tapered optical fiber for improved atom trapping geometries; here, we present the details of how these nanostructured optical fibers can be used as a platform for submicron particle trapping. The optical fibers are tapered to approximately 1.2 µm waist diameters, using a custom-built, heat-and-pull fiber rig prior to processing using a focused ion beam. Slots of approximately 300 nm in width and 10-20 µm in length are milled clean though the waist regions of the tapered optical fibers. High fiber transmissions (> 80%) over a broad range of wavelengths (700-1100 nm) are observed. We present simulation results for the trapping of submicron particles and experimental results on the trapping of 200 nm particles. This work demonstrates even further the functionality of optical micro- and nanofibers as trapping devices across a range of regimes.

  3. Fiber Volume Fraction Influence on Fiber Compaction in Tapered Resin Injection Pultrusion Manufacturing

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    Masuram, N. B.; Roux, J. A.; Jeswani, A. L.

    2015-10-01

    Liquid resin is injected into the tapered injection chamber through the injection slots to completely wetout the fiber reinforcements in a resin injection pultrusion process. As the resin penetrates through the fibers, the resin also pushes the fibers away from the wall towards the centerline causing compaction of the fiber reinforcements. The fibers are squeezed together due to compaction, making resin penetration more difficult; thus higher resin injection pressures are required to effectively penetrate through the fibers and achieve complete wetout. Fiber volume fraction in the final pultruded composite is a key to decide the mechanical and/or chemical properties of the composite. If the fiber volume fraction is too high, more fibers are squeezed together creating a fiber lean region near the wall and fiber rich region away from the wall. Also, the design of the injection chamber significantly affects the minimum injection pressure required to completely wet the fibers. A tapered injection chamber is considered such that wetout occurs at lower injection pressures due to the taper angle of the injection chamber. In this study, the effect of fiber volume fraction on the fiber reinforcement compaction and complete fiber wetout for a tapered injection chamber is investigated.

  4. Fiber Volume Fraction Influence on Fiber Compaction in Tapered Resin Injection Pultrusion Manufacturing

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Masuram, N. B.; Roux, J. A.; Jeswani, A. L.

    2016-06-01

    Liquid resin is injected into the tapered injection chamber through the injection slots to completely wetout the fiber reinforcements in a resin injection pultrusion process. As the resin penetrates through the fibers, the resin also pushes the fibers away from the wall towards the centerline causing compaction of the fiber reinforcements. The fibers are squeezed together due to compaction, making resin penetration more difficult; thus higher resin injection pressures are required to effectively penetrate through the fibers and achieve complete wetout. Fiber volume fraction in the final pultruded composite is a key to decide the mechanical and/or chemical properties of the composite. If the fiber volume fraction is too high, more fibers are squeezed together creating a fiber lean region near the wall and fiber rich region away from the wall. Also, the design of the injection chamber significantly affects the minimum injection pressure required to completely wet the fibers. A tapered injection chamber is considered such that wetout occurs at lower injection pressures due to the taper angle of the injection chamber. In this study, the effect of fiber volume fraction on the fiber reinforcement compaction and complete fiber wetout for a tapered injection chamber is investigated.

  5. Mechanically induced long period fiber gratings on single mode tapered optical fiber for structure sensing applications

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    Pulido-Navarro, María. G.; Marrujo-García, Sigifredo; Álvarez-Chávez, José A.; Velázquez-González, Jesús S.; Martínez-Piñón, Fernando; Escamilla-Ambrosio, Ponciano J.

    2015-08-01

    The modal characteristics of tapered single mode optical fibers and its strain sensing characteristics by using mechanically induced long period fiber gratings are presented in this work. Both Long Period Fiber Gratings (LPFG) and fiber tapers are fiber devices that couple light from the core fiber into the fiber cladding modes. The mechanical LPFG is made up of two plates, one flat and the other grooved. For this experiment the grooved plate was done on an acrylic slab with the help of a computer numerical control machine. The manufacturing of the tapered fiber is accomplished by applying heat using an oxygen-propane flame burner and stretching the fiber, which protective coating has been removed. Then, a polymer-tube-package is added in order to make the sensor sufficiently stiff for the tests. The mechanical induced LPFG is accomplished by putting the tapered fiber in between the two plates, so the taper acquires the form of the grooved plate slots. Using a laser beam the transmission spectrum showed a large peak transmission attenuation of around -20 dB. The resultant attenuation peak wavelength in the transmission spectrum shifts with changes in tension showing a strain sensitivity of 2pm/μɛ. This reveals an improvement on the sensitivity for structure monitoring applications compared with the use of a standard optical fiber. In addition to the experimental work, the supporting theory and numerical simulation analysis are also included.

  6. Diode-Pumped Dye Laser Using a Tapered Optical Fiber

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    Patterson, Brian; Stofel, James; Myers, Elliot; Knize, Randy

    2015-05-01

    We describe the construction of a simple dye laser based on a single-mode optical fiber. Light from a 120-mW laser diode (λ = 520 nm) is launched into the fiber. The fiber is tapered to a diameter of approximately 1 μm and placed in Rhodamine 6G laser dye. The pump light interacts with the gain medium through the evanescent field outside the fiber causing stimulated emission, which couples back into the fiber. Mirrors on each end of the fiber provide the necessary feedback for lasing, and a grating is used to narrow the spectral output. We characterize the lasing threshold and output spectrum of the laser. This has been a good project for undergraduate students to learn about lasers and optics.

  7. Expanded-mode semiconductor laser with tapered-rib adiabatic-following fiber coupler

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    Vawter, G.A.; Smith, R.E.; Hou, H.; Wendt, J.R.

    1997-02-01

    A new diode laser using a Tapered-Rib Adiabatic-Following Fiber Coupler to achieve 2D mode expansion and narrow, symmetric far-field emission without epitaxial regrowth or sharply-defined tips on tapered waveguides is presented.

  8. Integrated polarizers based on tapered highly birefringent photonic crystal fibers.

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    Romagnoli, Priscila; Biazoli, Claudecir R; Franco, Marcos A R; Cordeiro, Cristiano M B; de Matos, Christiano J S

    2014-07-28

    This paper proposes and demonstrates the creation of sections with a high polarization dependent loss (PDL) in a commercial highly birefringent (polarization maintaining) photonic crystal fiber (PCF), via tapering with pressure applied to the holes. The tapers had a 1-cm-long uniform section with a 66% scale reduction, in which the original microstructure aspect ratio was kept by the pressure application. The resulting waveguides show polarizing action across the entire tested wavelength range, 1510-1600 nm, with a peak PDL of 35.3 dB/cm (c.f. ~1 dB/cm for a typical commercial polarizing fiber). The resulting structure, as well as its production, is extremely simple, and enable a small section with a high PDL to be obtained in a polarization maintaining PCF, meaning that the polarization axes in the polarizing and polarization maintaining sections are automatically aligned. PMID:25089397

  9. Plasmonic Sensors Based on Doubly-Deposited Tapered Optical Fibers

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    González-Cano, Agustín; Navarrete, María-Cruz; Esteban, Óscar; Díaz-Herrera, Natalia

    2014-01-01

    A review of the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) transducers based on tapered fibers that have been developed in the last years is presented. The devices have proved their good performance (specifically, in terms of sensitivity) and their versatility and they are a very good option to be considered as basis for any kind of chemical and biological sensor. The technology has now reached its maturity and here we summarize some of the characteristics of the devices produced. PMID:24618726

  10. Temperature sensing on tapered single mode fiber using mechanically induced long period fiber gratings

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    Marrujo-García, Sigifredo; Velázquez-González, Jesús Salvador; Pulido-Navarro, María. Guadalupe; González-Ocaña, Ernesto; Mújica-Ascencio, Saúl; Martínez-Piñón, Fernando

    2015-09-01

    The modeling of a temperature optical fiber sensor is proposed and experimentally demonstrated in this work. The suggested structure to obtain the sensing temperature characteristics is by the use of a mechanically induced Long Period Fiber Grating (LPFG) on a tapered single mode optical fiber. A biconical fiber optic taper is made by applying heat using an oxygen-propane flame burner while stretching the single mode fiber (SMF) whose coating has been removed. The resulting geometry of the device is important to analyze the coupling between the core mode to the cladding modes, and this will determine whether the optical taper is adiabatic or non-adiabatic. On the other hand, the mechanical LPFG is made up of two plates, one grooved and other flat, the grooved plate was done on an acrylic slab with the help of a computerized numerical control machine (CNC). In addition to the experimental work, the supporting theory is also included.

  11. Multimode Brillouin spectrum in a long tapered birefringent photonic crystal fiber.

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    Tchahame, Joël Cabrel; Beugnot, Jean-Charles; Kudlinski, Alexandre; Sylvestre, Thibaut

    2015-09-15

    We investigate the stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) in a long tapered birefringent solid-core photonic crystal fiber (PCF) and compare our results with a similar but untapered PCF. It is shown that the taper generates a broadband and multipeaked Brillouin spectrum, while significantly increasing the threshold power. Furthermore, we observe that the strong fiber birefringence gives rise to a frequency shift of the Brillouin spectrum which increases along the fiber. Numerical simulations are also presented to account for the taper effect and the birefringence. Our findings open a new means to control or inhibit the SBS by tapering photonic crystal fibers. PMID:26371916

  12. Enhanced supercontinuum generation in tapered tellurite suspended core fiber

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    Picot-Clemente, J.; Strutynski, C.; Amrani, F.; Désévédavy, F.; Jules, J.-C.; Gadret, G.; Deng, D.; Cheng, T.; Nagasaka, K.; Ohishi, Y.; Kibler, B.; Smektala, F.

    2015-11-01

    We demonstrate 400-THz (0.6-3.3 μm) bandwidth infrared supercontinuum generation in a 10 cm-long tapered tellurite suspended core fiber pumped by nJ-level 200-fs pulses from an optical parametric oscillator. The increased nonlinearity and dispersion engineering extended by the moderate reduction of the fiber core size are exploited for supercontinuum optimization on both frequency edges (i.e., 155-THz overall gain), while keeping efficient power coupling into the untapered fiber input. The remaining limitation of supercontinuum bandwidth is related to the presence of the high absorption beyond 3 μm whereas spectral broadening is expected to fully cover the glass transmission window (0.5-4.5 μm).

  13. Cross two photon absorption in a silicon photonic crystal waveguide fiber taper coupler with a physical junction

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    Sarkissian, Raymond O'Brien, John

    2015-01-21

    Cross two photon absorption in silicon is characterized using a tapered fiber photonic crystal silicon waveguide coupler. There is a physical junction between the tapered fiber and the waveguide constituting a stand-alone device. This device is used to obtain the spectrum for cross two photon absorption coefficient per unit volume of interaction between photons of nondegenerate energy. The corresponding Kerr coefficient per unit volume of interaction is also experimentally extracted. The thermal resistance of the device is also experimentally determined and the response time of the device is estimated for on-chip all-optical signal processing and data transfer between optical signals of different photon energies.

  14. Refractive index sensors based on the fused tapered special multi-mode fiber

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    Fu, Xing-hu; Xiu, Yan-li; Liu, Qin; Xie, Hai-yang; Yang, Chuan-qing; Zhang, Shun-yang; Fu, Guang-wei; Bi, Wei-hong

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, a novel refractive index (RI) sensor is proposed based on the fused tapered special multi-mode fiber (SMMF). Firstly, a section of SMMF is spliced between two single-mode fibers (SMFs). Then, the SMMF is processed by a fused tapering machine, and a tapered fiber structure is fabricated. Finally, a fused tapered SMMF sensor is obtained for measuring external RI. The RI sensing mechanism of tapered SMMF sensor is analyzed in detail. For different fused tapering lengths, the experimental results show that the RI sensitivity can be up to 444.517 81 nm/RIU in the RI range of 1.334 9—1.347 0. The RI sensitivity is increased with the increase of fused tapering length. Moreover, it has many advantages, including high sensitivity, compact structure, fast response and wide application range. So it can be used to measure the solution concentration in the fields of biochemistry, health care and food processing.

  15. Three-dimensional modeling of CPA to the multimillijoule level in tapered Yb-doped fibers for coherent combining systems.

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    Andrianov, Alexey; Anashkina, Elena; Kim, Arkady; Meyerov, Iosif; Lebedev, Sergey; Sergeev, Alexander; Mourou, Gerard

    2014-11-17

    We developed a three-dimensional numerical model of Large-Mode-Area chirped pulse fiber amplifiers which includes nonlinear beam propagation in nonuniform multimode waveguides as well as gain spectrum dynamics in quasi-three-level active ions. We used our model in tapered Yb-doped fiber amplifiers and showed that single-mode propagation is maintained along the taper even in the presence of strong Kerr nonlinearity and saturated gain, allowing extraction of up to 3 mJ of output energy in 1 ns pulse. Energy scaling and its limitation as well as the influence of fiber taper bending and core irregularities on the amplifier performance were studied. We also investigated numerically the capabilities for compression and coherent combining of up to 36 perturbed amplifying channels and showed more than 70% combining efficiency, even with up to 11% of high-order modes in individual channels. PMID:25402067

  16. Tunable ring laser using a tapered single mode fiber tip.

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    Wang, Xiaozhen; Li, Yi; Bao, Xiaoyi

    2009-12-10

    A tunable ring laser using a tapered single mode fiber tip as a bandpass filter has been proposed and demonstrated for the first time to our knowledge. This is a simple and cost-effective tunable source. It is found that the tuning range and bandwidth of the laser are related to the relaxation time of the optical amplifier, the current of the amplifier, and the steepness of the tip shape. The calculations and experimental results show that the laser has a tuning range of 9 nm in the L-band and the spectral linewidth can be varied from 0.06 nm to 0.17 nm. PMID:20011024

  17. Fiber torsion sensor based on a twist taper in polarization-maintaining fiber.

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    Zhou, Quan; Zhang, Weigang; Chen, Lei; Yan, Tieyi; Zhang, Liyu; Wang, Li; Wang, Biao

    2015-09-01

    A novel optical fiber torsion sensor head is proposed. A section of polarization-maintaining fiber (PMF) is spliced between single mode fiber (SMF), and a twist taper is fabricated by a commercial electric-arc fusion splicer in the middle of the PMF. The asymmetric characteristics are obtained by the twist taper so that a fiber torsion sensor with directional discrimination is fabricated. Due to the characteristics of the asymmetric structure, the torsion sensitivity for the twist rate from 0 rad/m to -8 rad/m reaches 2.392 nm/rad·m-1, and for the twist rate from 0 rad/m to 8 rad/m reaches 1.071 nm/rad·m-1 respectively. PMID:26368481

  18. Tunable optofluidic microring laser based on a tapered hollow core microstructured optical fiber.

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    Li, Zhi-Li; Zhou, Wen-Yuan; Luo, Ming-Ming; Liu, Yan-Ge; Tian, Jian-Guo

    2015-04-20

    A tunable optofluidic microring dye laser within a tapered hollow core microstructured optical fiber was demonstrated. The fiber core was filled with a microfluidic gain medium plug and axially pumped by a nanosecond pulse laser at 532 nm. Strong radial emission and low-threshold lasing (16 nJ/pulse) were achieved. Lasing was achieved around the surface of the microfluidic plug. Laser emission was tuned by changing the liquid surface location along the tapered fiber. The possibility of developing a tunable laser within the tapered simplified hollow core microstructured optical fiber presents opportunities for developing liquid surface position sensors and biomedical analysis. PMID:25969082

  19. Modeling of coherent beam combining from multimillijoule chirped pulse tapered fiber amplifiers

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    Andrianov, A. V.; Kim, A. V.; Anashkina, E. A.; Meyerov, I. B.; Lebedev, S. A.; Sergeev, A. M.; Koenig, K.; Mourou, G.

    2015-10-01

    The amplification of high energy chirped pulses in Large Mode Area tapered fiber amplifiers and their coherent combining have been investigated numerically. We have developed a three-dimensional model of strongly chirped nanosecond pulse amplification and compression back to femtosecond duration fully taking into account transverse and longitudinal variations of refractive index profile and distribution of active ions in the fiber, wavelength dependence of emission and absorption cross sections, gain saturation and Kerr nonlinearity. Modeling of Yb-doped fiber amplifier shows that up to 3 mJ of output energy can be extracted in 1 ns pulse with single-mode beam quality. Finally, we have investigated numerically the capabilities of compression and coherent combining of up to 36 perturbed amplifying channels in which high-order modes were excited and have obtained more than 70% combining efficiency and 380 fs compressed pulse duration.

  20. Acousto-optic interaction in biconical tapered fibers: shaping of the stopbands

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    Ramírez-Meléndez, Gustavo; Bello-Jiménez, Miguel Ángel; Cuadrado-Laborde, Christian; Díez, Antonio; Cruz, José Luis; Rodríguez-Cobos, Amparo; Balderas-Navarro, Raúl; Andrés Bou, Miguel Vicente

    2016-03-01

    The effect of a gradual reduction of the fiber diameter on the acousto-optic (AO) interaction is reported. The experimental and theoretical study of the intermodal coupling induced by a flexural acoustic wave in a biconical tapered fiber shows that it is possible to shape the transmission spectrum, for example, substantially broadening the bandwidth of the resonant couplings. The geometry of the taper transitions can be regarded as an extra degree of freedom to design the AO devices. Optical bandwidths above 45 nm are reported in a tapered fiber with a gradual reduction of the fiber down to 70 μm diameter. The effect of including long taper transition is also reported in a double-tapered structure. A flat attenuation response is reported with 3-dB stopband bandwidth of 34 nm.

  1. Two-octave spectral broadening of subnanojoule Cr:forsterite femtosecond laser pulses in tapered fibers

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    Akimov, D. A.; Ivanov, A. A.; Alfimov, M. V.; Bagayev, S. N.; Birks, T. A.; Wadsworth, W. J.; Russell, P. St. J.; Fedotov, A. B.; Pivtsov, V. S.; Podshivalov, A. A.; Zheltikov, A. M.

    Spectral broadening of femtosecond Cr:forsterite laser pulses is enhanced due to the use of tapered fibers. Supercontinuum generation with unamplified subnanojoule femtosecond Cr:forsterite laser pulses is observed for the first time. With 40-fs 0.6-nJ pulses of 1.25-μm Cr:forsterite laser radiation coupled into a tapered fiber having a taper waist diameter of about 2 μm and a taper waist length of 90 mm, we observed the spectra spanning more than two octaves at the output of the fiber in the regime of anomalous group-velocity dispersion. This result opens the way for the creation of compact femtosecond Cr:forsterite laser plus tapered fiber systems for optical metrology and biomedical applications.

  2. Tapered Optical Fibers Designed for Surface Plasmon Resonance Phase Matching

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    Yu, Yinni; Blake, Phillip; Roper, D. Keith

    2009-01-01

    Combining a modified two-step chemical etch method with equations to predict etch parameters and photon-plasmon phase-matching resulted in single-mode tapered optical fibers (TOFs) to optimize electromagnetic field enhancement. The phase-matching equation was used to identify the angle of incidence near the TOF cutoff radius at which surface plasmon resonance (SPR) is maximized. The axisymmetric Young–Laplace equation was used to predict the angle of incidence from the fabrication of a TOF via chemical etching. An optimal cone angle of 20.0°, angles of incidence averaging (81.6 ± 1.9)°, and tip diameters of (80.0 ± 14.1) nm were achieved through a two-step etching process. These TOF characteristics maximize SPR excitation and field enhancement. The refractive index for optimized SPR excitation in the fabricated TOFs at a wavelength of 650 nm was found to be 1.343. PMID:19061312

  3. Temperature-independent gas refractometer based on an S-taper fiber tailored fiber Bragg grating

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    Shao, Zhihua; Qiao, Xueguang; Bao, Weijia; Rong, Qiangzhou

    2016-09-01

    A fiber Bragg grating (FBG)-based gas refractometer is proposed and demonstrated experimentally. The configuration consists of a short section of S-type taper incorporated in the upstream of a FBG. The S-taper is capable to couple the core mode to cladding modes into the downstream single mode fiber (SMF), and the low-order cladding modes can be reflected back to the fiber core via the FBG. Because of the recoupling efficiency depending on surrounding refractive index (SRI), the reflection power of the device presents high response to gas RI change with the sensitivity of 172.7 dB/RIU. This power-referenced RI measurement and wavelength-referenced temperature measurement have been achieved via selective cladding modes monitoring.

  4. Gain characteristics of quantum dot fiber amplifier based on asymmetric tapered fiber coupler

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    Guo, Hairun; Pang, Fufei; Zeng, Xianglong; Wang, Tingyun

    2013-03-01

    We theoretically analyzed the gain characteristics of an integrated semiconductor quantum dot (QD) fiber amplifier (SQDFA) by using a 2 × 2 tapered fiber coupler with a PbS QD-coated layer. The asymmetric structure of the fiber coupler is designed to have a maximum working bandwidth around 1550-nm band and provide a desired optical power ratio of the output signals. By using 600 mW of 980-nm pump, 10 dB gain of a 1550-nm signal is estimated with the gain efficiency of 4.5 dB/cm.

  5. An efficient method for supercontinuum generation in dispersion-tailored Lead-silicate fiber taper

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    Chen, Z.; Ma, S.; Dutta, N. K.

    2010-08-01

    In this paper we theoretically study the broadband mid-IR supercontinuum generation (SCG) in a lead-silicate microstructured fiber (the glass for simulation is SF57). The total dispersion of the fiber can be tailored by changing the core diameter of the fiber so that dispersion profiles with two zero dispersion wavelengths (ZDWs) can be obtained. Numerical simulations of the SCG process in a 4 cm long SF57 fiber/fiber taper seeded by femto-second pulses at telecommunications wavelength of 1.55 µm are presented. The results show that a fiber taper features a continuous shift of the longer zero dispersion wavelength. This extends the generated continuum to a longer wavelength region compared to fibers with fixed ZDWs. The phase-matching condition (PMC) is continuously modified in the fiber taper and the bandwidth of the generated dispersive waves (DWs) is significantly broadened.

  6. Multiplex and simultaneous measurement of displacement and temperature using tapered fiber and fiber Bragg grating

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    Ji Chongke; Zhao Chunliu; Kang Juan; Dong Xinyong; Jin Shangzhong

    2012-05-15

    A simple method to work out the multiplexing of tapered fiber based sensors is proposed and demonstrated. By cascading a tapered fiber with a fiber Bragg grating (FBG), the sensor head is provided with a wavelength identification, different FBGs provide the sensor heads with different reflective peaks and they can be distinguished in optical spectrum. By compositing several such sensor heads with a multi-channel beam splitter, a star-style topological structure sensor for multipoint sensing is achieved. At the same time, the output intensity at the peak wavelength is sensitive to one external physical parameter applied on the related FBG-cascaded tapered fiber and the central wavelength of the peak is only sensitive to temperature, so that that parameter and temperature can be measured simultaneously. A sensor for dual-point measurement of the displacement and temperature simultaneously is experimentally demonstrated by using a 2 x 2 coupler in this paper. Experiment results show that the sensor works well and the largest sensitivities reach to 0.11 dB/{mu}m for displacement in the range of 0-400 {mu}m, and {approx}0.0097 nm/ deg. C for temperature between 20 deg. C and 70 deg. C.

  7. Gas refractometer based on an S-taper fiber tailored fiber Bragg grating

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    Shao, Zhihua; Bao, Weijia; Qiao, Xueguang; Rong, Qiangzhou

    2015-09-01

    A fiber Bragg grating (FBG)-based gas refractometer is proposed and demonstrated experimentally. The configuration consists of a short section of S-type taper followed with a FBG. The S-taper is capable to couple the core mode to cladding modes into the downstream SMF, and the low-order cladding modes can be reflected back to the fiber core via the FBG, in which the recoupling efficiency is highly dependent on surrounding refractive index (RI) of liquid and gas. Experimental results show that some recoupled cladding modes show high sensitivities to surround RI. This power-referenced RI measurement and wavelength-referenced temperature measurement have been achieved via selective cladding modes monitoring.

  8. Bragg grating fabrication on tapered fiber tips based on focused ion beam milling

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    André, Ricardo M.; Becker, Martin; Dellith, Jan; Rothhardt, Manfred; Zibaii, M. I.; Latifi, H.; Marques, Manuel B.; Bartelt, Hartmut; Frazão, Orlando

    2015-09-01

    Focused ion beam milling is used on chemically etched tapered fiber tips to create fiber Bragg gratings. These fiber Bragg gratings are based on a modulation of silica and external medium. This leads to a wide and structured spectrum obtained due to imperfections and the inherent structure of the tip. The fiber Bragg gratings presented are very short and have a length of 27 μm and 43 μm and are milled on the tapered fiber tip. They are characterized in the high temperature range 350-850ºC and a sensitivity of 14.4 pm/K is determined.

  9. Thymol blue immobilized on tapered fibers as optical transducer for pH sensing

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    Baldini, Francesco; Ciaccheri, Leonardo; Falai, Alida; Mignani, Anna G.; Rayss, Jan; Sudolski, Grzegorz

    1999-02-01

    The present work is concerned with the optical characterization of an evanescent wave sensor for pH detection. First, the interaction between the solution containing the acid-base indicator and the fiber core was investigated. Then, the acid-base indicator, thymol blue, was covalently immobilized on the core of a 200/380 micrometers fiber by means of a silylation process of the glass surface. The fiber core surface was modified along a section of 8 mm. A comparison was made using both bare and tapered fibers, with a tapering ratio (fiber diameter/waist diameter) of 2.3. An enhancement in sensitivity of a factor 6 was observed with tapered fibers in the 1/2.5 range, and a sensitivity of 0.05 pH units was attained.

  10. Experimental stress–strain analysis of tapered silica optical fibers with nanofiber waist

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    Holleis, S.; Hoinkes, T.; Wuttke, C.; Schneeweiss, P.; Rauschenbeutel, A.

    2014-04-21

    We experimentally determine tensile force–elongation diagrams of tapered optical fibers with a nanofiber waist. The tapered optical fibers are produced from standard silica optical fibers using a heat and pull process. Both, the force–elongation data and scanning electron microscope images of the rupture points indicate a brittle material. Despite the small waist radii of only a few hundred nanometers, our experimental data can be fully explained by a nonlinear stress–strain model that relies on material properties of macroscopic silica optical fibers. This is an important asset when it comes to designing miniaturized optical elements as one can rely on the well-founded material characteristics of standard optical fibers. Based on this understanding, we demonstrate a simple and non-destructive technique that allows us to determine the waist radius of the tapered optical fiber. We find excellent agreement with independent scanning electron microscope measurements of the waist radius.

  11. Optical similaritons in a tapered graded-index nonlinear-fiber amplifier with an external source

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    Raju, Thokala Soloman; Panigrahi, Prasanta K.

    2011-09-15

    We analytically explore a wide class of optical similariton solutions to the nonlinear Schroedinger equation appropriately modified to model beam propagation in a tapered, graded-index nonlinear-fiber amplifier with an external source. Under certain physical conditions, we reduce the coupled nonlinear Schroedinger equations to a single-wave equation that aptly describes similariton propagation through asymmetric twin-core fiber amplifiers. The asymmetric twin-core fiber is composed of two adjoining, closely spaced, single-mode fibers in which the active one is a tapered, graded-index nonlinear-fiber and the passive one is a step-index fiber. We obtain these self-similar waves for different choices of tapered index profile, using a Moebius transformation. Our procedure is applicable for both self-focusing and self-defocusing nonlinearities.

  12. Vector rectangular-shape laser based on reduced graphene oxide interacting with a long fiber taper.

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    Gao, Lei; Zhu, Tao; Huang, Wei; Zeng, Jing

    2014-10-01

    A vector dual-wavelength rectangular-shape laser (RSL) based on a long fiber taper deposited with reduced graphene oxide is proposed, where nonlinearity is enhanced due to a large evanescent-field-interacting length and strong field confinement of an 8 mm fiber taper with a waist diameter of 4 μm. Graphene flakes are deposited uniformly on the taper waist with light pressure effect, so this structure guarantees both excellent saturable absorption and high nonlinearity. The RSL with a repetition rate of 7.9 MHz shows fast polarization switching in two orthogonal polarization directions, and temporal and spectral characteristics are investigated. PMID:25322232

  13. Fabrication and characterization of multimaterial chalcogenide glass fiber tapers with high numerical apertures.

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    Sun, Ya'nan; Dai, Shixun; Zhang, Peiqing; Wang, Xunsi; Xu, Yinsheng; Liu, Zijun; Chen, Feifei; Wu, Yuehao; Zhang, Yuji; Wang, Rongping; Tao, Guangming

    2015-09-01

    This paper reports on the fabrication and characterization of multimaterial chalcogenide fiber tapers that have high numerical apertures (NAs). We first fabricated multimaterial As(2)Se(3)-As(2)S(3) chalcogenide fiber preforms via a modified one-step coextrusion process. The preforms were drawn into multi- and single-mode fibers with high NAs (≈1.45), whose core/cladding diameters were 103/207 and 11/246 μm, respectively. The outer diameter of the fiber was tapered from a few hundred microns to approximately two microns through a self-developed automatic tapering process. Simulation results showed that the zero-dispersion wavelengths (ZDWs) of the tapers were shorter than 2 μm, indicating that the tapers can be conveniently pumped by commercial short wavelength infrared lasers. We also experimentally demonstrated the supercontinuum generation (SCG) in a 15-cm-long multimaterial As(2)Se(3)-As(2)S(3) chalcogenide taper with 1.9 μm core diameter and the ZDW was shifted to 3.3 μm. When pumping the taper with 100 fs short pulses at 3.4 µm, a 20 dB spectral of the generated supercontinuum spans from 1.5 μm to longer than 4.8 μm. PMID:26368447

  14. Tapered inner-cladding fiber design for uniform heat deposition in Ytterbium-doped fiber amplifiers

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    Huang, Zhihua; Zhang, Yongliang; Deng, Ying; Lin, Honghuan; Li, Qi; Zhao, Lei; Wang, Jianjun

    2015-04-01

    A method for designing double-clad fiber with tapered inner cladding and uniform core is proposed for linear pump power profile, i.e. uniform heat deposition, in the ytterbium-doped fiber amplifier. The analytical formula for the inner-cladding diameter profile along the fiber is given. The inner-cladding diameter near the pump injection port is determined purely by the diameter of the doped region, the number density of the doped ions, the absorption cross section at the pump wavelength and the length of the fiber. The simplified linearly varying inner-cladding diameter is proven to have a smoother heat deposition profile with lower maximum thermal load in both the co-pumping scheme and the counter-pumping scheme.

  15. Mode-expanded semiconductor laser with tapered-rib adiabatic-following fiber coupler

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    Vawter, G.A.; Smith, R.E.; Hou, H.; Wendt, J.R.

    1996-12-01

    Expanded-mode semiconductor lasers are of great interest due to the benefits of reduced far-field divergence and improved coupling efficiency to optical fiber. The authors present a new diode laser using a Tapered-Rib Adiabatic-Following Fiber Coupler (TRAFFiC) to achieve 2D mode expansion without epitaxial regrowth or sharply-defined tips on tapered waveguides. The expanded mode size would allow 0.25 to 1 dB coupling loss to standard telecommunications fiber making smaller-core specialty fibers unnecessary, increasing misalignment tolerance, and eliminating the need for coupling optics.

  16. Top-hat beam Tm3+-doped fiber laser using an intracavity abrupt taper

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    Zhang, Y. J.; Zhong, F. F.; Wang, Y. Z.

    2011-01-01

    The top-hat beam clad-pumped Tm3+-doped fiber laser was realized simply using an intracavity multi-mode abrupt taper. The ratio of the flat-top diameter to the spot diameter reaches 53%, with a small intensity variation less than 6%, and the top-hat beam's half-divergence angle is only 5.3°. The fiber laser has a maximal output power of 5 W with slope efficiency of 39.7%, pumped by the 792 nm diode laser (LD). The abrupt taper is directly made on the multi-mode double-clad Tm3+-doped fiber near the fiber laser output end with the 0.45 ratio of taper waist diameter to fiber clad diameter, and this fiber end 4% Fresnel reflection is used to be the output coupler. The fiber laser's high reflective coupler is an intracore multi-mode FBG, which is directly written into the multi-mode Tm3+-doped fiber core using femtosecond laser and phase mask, at the other fiber end. The abrupt taper has no obviously influence on the fiber laser output power, and the output laser spectrum.

  17. Tapered large-core 976 nm Yb-doped fiber laser with 10 W output power

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    Leich, M.; Jäger, M.; Grimm, S.; Hoh, D.; Jetschke, S.; Becker, M.; Hartung, A.; Bartelt, H.

    2014-04-01

    We report on a tapered large-core Yb fiber laser operating at 976 nm emission wavelength. It was realized using a high-numerical aperture large-core fiber with 126 μm core diameter, which was fabricated by powder-sinter technology and shows a very homogeneous step-index profile. The end of the fiber is tapered down to match a single-mode fiber containing a fiber Bragg grating. Using the benefits of core-pumping and the feedback of the spliced fiber Bragg grating, we achieved efficient pump light absorption and wavelength stable 976 nm lasing with single-mode performance. We could demonstrate 10 W laser power out of a 10 μm fiber core with a slope efficiency of 31% with respect to the launched pump power. The presented device is well-suited for fiber-coupled pumping of amplifiers for high peak power.

  18. Tapered cladding diameter profile design for high-power tandem-pumped fiber lasers

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    Huang, Zhihua; Tang, Xuan; Lin, Honghuan; Wang, Jianjun

    2016-05-01

    The thermal effect has become the biggest limiting factor regarding the further power scaling of single mode fiber lasers, and it can lead to coating failure and transverse mode instability. A tapered cladding diameter profile design is proposed for the tandem-pumped fiber laser in this work, as it can smooth the temperature profile and reduce the maximum temperature rise within the fiber tremendously. The improvement in performance of the fiber design is verified by analytical and numerical results.

  19. All fiber magnetic field sensor with Ferrofluid-filled tapered microstructured optical fiber interferometer.

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    Deng, Ming; Huang, Can; Liu, Danhui; Jin, Wei; Zhu, Tao

    2015-08-10

    An ultra-compact optical fiber magnetic field sensor based on a microstructured optical fiber (MOF) modal interference and ferrofluid (FF) has been proposed and experimentally demonstrated. The magnetic field sensor was fabricated by splicing a tapered germanium-doped index guided MOF with six big holes injected with FF to two conventional single-mode fibers. The transmission spectra of the proposed sensor under different magnetic field intensities have been measured and theoretically analyzed. Due to an efficient interaction between the magnetic nanoparticles in FF and the excited cladding mode, the magnetic field sensitivity reaches up to117.9pm/mT with a linear range from 0mT to 30mT. Moreover, the fabrication process of the proposed sensor is simple, easy and cost-effective. Therefore, it will be a promising candidate for military, aviation industry, and biomedical applications, especially, for the applications where the space is limited. PMID:26367919

  20. Frequency-stabilized Yb:fiber comb with a tapered single-mode fiber

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    Yang, Xie; Hai-Nian, Han; Long, Zhang; Zi-Jiao, Yu; Zheng, Zhu; Lei, Hou; Li-Hui, Pang; Zhi-Yi, Wei

    2016-04-01

    We demonstrate a stable Yb:fiber frequency comb with supercontinuum generation by using a specially designed tapered single-mode fiber, in which a spectrum spanning from 500 nm to 1500 nm is produced. The carrier-envelope offset signal of the Yb:fiber comb is measured with a signal-to-noise ratio of more than 40 dB and a linewidth narrower than 120 kHz. The repetition rate and carrier-envelope offset signals are simultaneously phase locked to a microwave reference frequency. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program) (Grant No. 2012CB821304) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61378040).

  1. Tailored dispersion profile in controlling optical solitons in a tapered parabolic index fiber

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    Prakash, S. Arun; Malathi, V.; Mani Rajan, M. S.

    2016-03-01

    We investigate the soliton dynamics in tapered parabolic index fibers via symbolic computation for a variety of dispersion profiles to inspect how a specific dispersion profile controls the optical soliton. By means of AKNS procedure, Lax pair is constructed for nonlinear Schrödinger equation with variable coefficients. Using obtained Lax pair, multi-soliton solutions are generated via Darboux transformation technique. Using multi-soliton solutions, soliton dynamics in tapered parabolic index fiber with the hyperbolic, Gaussian, exponential, and linear profiles are discussed. Results obtained in this study will be of certain potential application on construction of the nonlinear optical devices by soliton control. Results obtained in this study will be of certain value to the studies on the propagation and application of the soliton in the tapered parabolic index fiber and dispersion-managed fiber system.

  2. High finesse microfiber knot resonators made from double-ended tapered fibers.

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    Xiao, Limin; Birks, T A

    2011-04-01

    We fabricated optical microfiber knot resonators from thin tapered fibers (diameter down to 1 μm) linked to untapered fiber at both ends. We demonstrated a finesse of about 100, over twice as high as previously reported for microfiber resonators. Low-loss encapsulation of microfiber knot resonators in hydrophobic silica aerogel was also investigated. PMID:21478995

  3. Label free detection of DNA hybridization by refractive index tapered fiber biosensor

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    Zibaii, M. I.; Latifi, H.; Ghanati, E.; Gholami, M.; Hosseini, S. M.

    2010-04-01

    We demonstrate a simple refractive index sensor (RI) sensing system based on a biconical tapered optical fiber (BTOF), which is fabricated by heat pulling method, utilizing a CO2 laser. In this work we explore the application of these sensors for the detection of label free single stranded DNA (ssDNA) in real time. During the experiment, the target ssDNA did not need to be labeled with a fluorescent tag, which is expensive and complicated. The change in output optical transmission of the tapered fiber was recorded for Poly-L-Lysine (PLL) coating, ssDNA probe immobilization and hybridization. The result indicated that due to the hybridization with the complementary target ssDNA on the tapered surface, the RI of surrounding medium changes which leads to changes in the characteristics of the tapered region and change in the output power of the sensor.

  4. High-sensitivity refractive index sensors based on fused tapered photonic crystal fiber

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    Fu, Xing-hu; Xie, Hai-yang; Yang, Chuan-qing; Qu, Yu-wei; Zhang, Shun-yang; Fu, Guang-wei; Guo, Xuan; Bi, Wei-hong

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, a novel liquid refractive index (RI) sensor based on fused tapered photonic crystal fiber (PCF) is proposed. It is fabricated by fusing and tapering a section of PCF which is spliced with two single-mode fibers (SMFs). Due to the fused biconical taper method, the sensor becomes longer and thinner, to make the change of the outside RI has more direct effects on the internal optical field of the PCF, which finally enhances the sensitivity of this sensor. Experimental results show that the transmission spectra of the sensor are red-shifted obviously with the increase of RI. The longer the tapered region of the sensor, the higher the sensitivity is. This sensor has the advantages of simple structure, easy fabrication, high performance and so on, so it has potential applications in RI measurement.

  5. Large-aperture, tapered fiber-coupled, 10-kHz particle-image velocimetry.

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    Hsu, Paul S; Roy, Sukesh; Jiang, Naibo; Gord, James R

    2013-02-11

    We demonstrate the design and implementation of a fiber-optic beam-delivery system using a large-aperture, tapered step-index fiber for high-speed particle-image velocimetry (PIV) in turbulent combustion flows. The tapered fiber in conjunction with a diffractive-optical-element (DOE) fiber-optic coupler significantly increases the damage threshold of the fiber, enabling fiber-optic beam delivery of sufficient nanosecond, 532-nm, laser pulse energy for high-speed PIV measurements. The fiber successfully transmits 1-kHz and 10-kHz laser pulses with energies of 5.3 mJ and 2 mJ, respectively, for more than 25 min without any indication of damage. It is experimentally demonstrated that the tapered fiber possesses the high coupling efficiency (~80%) and moderate beam quality for PIV. Additionally, the nearly uniform output-beam profile exiting the fiber is ideal for PIV applications. Comparative PIV measurements are made using a conventionally (bulk-optic) delivered light sheet, and a similar order of measurement accuracy is obtained with and without fiber coupling. Effective use of fiber-coupled, 10-kHz PIV is demonstrated for instantaneous 2D velocity-field measurements in turbulent reacting flows. Proof-of-concept measurements show significant promise for the performance of fiber-coupled, high-speed PIV using a tapered optical fiber in harsh laser-diagnostic environments such as those encountered in gas-turbine test beds and the cylinder of a combustion engine. PMID:23481818

  6. A high-energy cladding-pumped 80 nanosecond Q-switched fiber laser using a tapered fiber saturable absorber

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    Moore, Sean W.; Soh, Daniel B. S.; Bisson, Scott E.; Patterson, Brian D.; Hsu, Wen L.

    2013-02-01

    We report a passively Q-switched all-fiber laser using a large mode area (LMA) Yb3+-doped fiber cladding-pumped at 915 nm and an unpumped single-mode Yb3+-doped fiber as the saturable absorber (SA). The saturable absorber and gain fibers were first coupled with a free-space telescope to better study the composite system, and then fusion spliced with fiber tapers to match the mode field diameters. ASE generated in the LMA gain fiber preferentially bleaches the SA fiber before depleting the gain, thereby causing the SA fiber to act as a passive saturable absorber. Using this scheme we first demonstrate a Q-switched oscillator with 40 μJ 79 ns pulses at 1026 nm using a free-space taper, and show that pulses can be generated from 1020 nm to 1040 nm. We scale the pulse energy to 0.40 mJ using an Yb3+-doped cladding pumped fiber amplifier. Experimental studies in which the saturable absorber length, pump times, and wavelengths are independently varied reveal the impact of these parameters on laser performance. Finally, we demonstrate 60 μJ 81 ns pulses at 1030 nm in an all fiber architecture using tapered mode field adaptors to match the mode filed diameters of the gain and SA fibers.

  7. About the role of phase matching between a coated microsphere and a tapered fiber: experimental study.

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    Ristić, Davor; Rasoloniaina, Alphonse; Chiappini, Andrea; Féron, Patrice; Pelli, Stefano; Conti, Gualtiero Nunzi; Ivanda, Mile; Righini, Giancarlo C; Cibiel, Gilles; Ferrari, Maurizio

    2013-09-01

    Coatings of spherical optical microresonators are widely employed for different applications. Here the effect of the thickness of a homogeneous coating layer on the coupling of light from a tapered fiber to a coated microsphere has been studied. Spherical silica microresonators were coated using a 70SiO(2)- 30HfO(2) glass doped with 0.3 mol% Er(3+) ions. The coupling of a 1480 nm pump laser inside the sphere has been assessed using a tapered optical fiber and observing the 1530-1580 nm Er(3+) emission outcoupled to the same tapered fiber. The measurements were done for different coating thicknesses and compared with theoretical calculations to understand the relationship of the detected signal with the whispering gallery mode electric field profiles. PMID:24103968

  8. Ultrathin fiber-taper coupling with nitrogen vacancy centers in nanodiamonds at cryogenic temperatures.

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    Fujiwara, Masazumi; Zhao, Hong-Quan; Noda, Tetsuya; Ikeda, Kazuhiro; Sumiya, Hitoshi; Takeuchi, Shigeki

    2015-12-15

    We demonstrate cooling of ultrathin fiber tapers coupled with nitrogen vacancy (NV) centers in nanodiamonds to cryogenic temperatures. Nanodiamonds containing multiple NV centers are deposited on the subwavelength 480-nm-diameter nanofiber region of fiber tapers. The fiber tapers are successfully cooled to 9 K using our home-built mounting holder and an optimized cooling speed. The fluorescence from the nanodiamond NV centers is efficiently channeled into a single guided mode and shows characteristic sharp zero-phonon lines (ZPLs) of both neutral and negatively charged NV centers. The present nanofiber/nanodiamond hybrid systems at cryogenic temperatures can be used as NV-based quantum information devices and for highly sensitive nanoscale magnetometry in a cryogenic environment. PMID:26670490

  9. Investigation on single taper-based all-solid photonic bandgap fiber modal interferometers.

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    Li, Jie; Geng, Mengmei; Sun, Li-Peng; Fan, Pengcheng; Liu, Bo; Guan, Bai-Ou

    2016-04-18

    We demonstrate a single taper-based all-solid photonic bandgap (AS-PBG) fiber modal interferometer that consists of a central tapered fiber region connected to the untapered via two abrupt transitions. Modal interference is given by superimposing the bandgap-guided fundamental core mode with a lower effective index and a specific index-guided cladding supermode with a higher effective index. A series of interferometers with taper diameter of 50μm ~60μm and device length of ~3mm are fabricated and studied in contrast to the conventional counterparts. The temperature coefficient of the interferometer is closely determined by the fraction of the cladding supermode energy localized within the index-raised regions of the fiber. The refractive index (RI) responsivities associated to fiber taper sizes are investigated. The measured maximal RI sensitivity is ~3512.36nm/RIU at the taper diameter of 50μm around RI = 1.423. This research gives a deep understanding to the modal-interferometric AS-PBG structure, which we believe to be valuable for the future application of the related device. PMID:27137292

  10. Bent optical fiber tapers for refractometery and biosensing

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    Penchev, Emil; Eftimov, Tinko; Bock, Wojtek

    2015-01-01

    We report the results of our study of the spectral shifts caused by surrounding refractive index changes (SRI) in bent fibre tapers. Fused and etched fibre tapers were fabricated using a gas burner and HF acid. Spectral shifts as high as 200 nm have been observed for SRI variations from 1.33 to 1.44 and sensitivity as high as 830 nm/r.i.u. around water RI values. We present results for refractometric measurements of cow milk of varying fat content and compare results with those obtained with conventional Abbe refractometers and high sensitivity double resonance LPGs.

  11. Low-loss deposition of solgel-derived silica films on tapered fibers.

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    Kakarantzas, G; Leon-Saval, S G; Birks, T A; Russell, P St J

    2004-04-01

    Films of porous silica are deposited on the uniform waists of tapered fibers in minutes by a modified solgel dip coating method, inducing less than 0.2 dB of loss. The coated tapers are an ideal platform for realizing all-fiber devices that exploit evanescent-field interactions with the deposited porous film. As an example we demonstrate structural long-period gratings in which a periodic index variation in the film arises from the porosity variation produced by spatially varying exposure of the waist to a scanned CO2 laser beam. The long period grating is insensitive to temperature up to 800 degrees C. PMID:15072361

  12. Tapered-fiber-based refractive index sensor at an air/solution interface.

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    Lu, Ping; Harris, Jeremie; Wang, Xiaozhen; Lin, Ganbin; Chen, Liang; Bao, Xiaoyi

    2012-10-20

    An approach to achieve refractive index sensing at an air and aqueous glycerol solution interface is proposed using a tapered-fiber-based microfiber Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MFMZI). Compared to a surrounding uniform medium of air or solutions, the spectral interference visibility of the MFMZI at the air/solution interface is significantly reduced due to a weak coupling between the fundamental cladding mode and high-order asymmetric cladding modes, which are extremely sensitive to the external refractive index. The MFMZI is experimentally demonstrated as an evanescent wave refractive index sensor to measure concentrations of glycerol solutions by monitoring average power attenuation of the tapered fiber. PMID:23089794

  13. Theoretical study of mode evolution in active long tapered multimode fiber.

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    Shi, Chen; Wang, Xiaolin; Zhou, Pu; Xu, Xiaojun; Lu, Qisheng

    2016-08-22

    A concise and effective model based on coupled mode theory to describe mode evolution in long tapered active fiber is presented in this manuscript. The mode coupling due to variation of core radius and slight perturbation have been analyzed and local gain with transverse spatial hole burning (TSHB) effect, loss and curvature have been taken into consideration in our model. On the base of this model, the mode evolution behaviors under different factors have been numerically investigated. Our model and results can provide instructive suggestions when designing long tapered fiber based laser and amplifiers. PMID:27557225

  14. Magnetic field sensor based on fiber taper coupler coated with magnetic fluid

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    Lin, Wei; Zhang, Hao; Song, Binbin; Liu, Bo; Lin, Yandong; Liu, Haifeng; Miao, Yinping; Liu, Yange

    2015-09-01

    In this paper, we have demonstrated a magnetic field sensor based on the fiber taper coupler coated with Magnetic fluid. The proposed sensor is fabricated by immersing a fiber taper coupler into the Magnetic fluid and then sealing it with the paraffin. The sensor exhibits high response as a function of the magnetic field with sensitivities of 0.154 nm/Oe with measurement range from 50 Oe to 200 Oe and -0.06301 dB/ Oe from 75 Oe to 200 Oe. Owing to the advantages of high sensitivity, small footprint, and ease of fabrication, the proposed sensor would find potential applications in magnetic field sensing field.

  15. Nonlinear Optics with Tapered Fibers and Magneto-Optically Trapped Rubidium

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    Little, Bethany; Mullarkey, Chris; Howell, John; Vamivakas, Nick; Lin, Qiang

    2016-05-01

    Tapered optical fibers of sub-wavelength diameter present a promising means of integrating the light-atom interaction into larger scale devices. We present work on a tapered fiber system loaded by a magneto optical trap of Rubidium atoms, in which a combination of red and blue detuned beams create a one-dimensional lattice trap along the fiber. The same fiber is used for interacting with the atoms in the trap via the evanescent fields of light propagating along the fiber. Light storage has been demonstrated in a similar system with Cesium, and we believe that much nonlinear optics remains to be explored in this regime. We also plan to see how these nonlinear effects can be enhanced with the addition of a micro-resonator such as the ones in.

  16. Evaluation of the tapered PMMA fiber sensor response due to the ionic interaction within electrolytic solutions

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    Batumalay, M.; Rahman, H. A.; Kam, W.; Ong, Y. S.; Ahmad, F.; Zakaria, R.; Harun, S. W.; Ahmad, H.

    2014-01-01

    A tapered plastic multimode fiber (PMMA) optical sensor is proposed and demonstrated for continuous monitoring of solutions based on different concentration of sodium chloride and glucose in deionized water The tapered PMMA fiber was fabricated using an etching method involving deionized water and acetone to achieve a waist diameter and length of 0.45 mm and 10 mm, respectively, and was used to investigate the effect of straight, U-shape, and knot shape against concentration for both sodium chloride and glucose. The results show that there is a strong dependence of the electrolytic and non-electrolytic nature of the chemical solutions on the sensor output. It is found that the sensitivity of the sodium chloride concentration sensor with the straight tapered fiber probe was 0.0023 mV/%, which was better than the other probe arrangements of U-shape and knot. Meanwhile, the glucose sensor performs with the highest sensitivity of 0.0026 mV/wt % with the knot-shaped tapered fiber probe. In addition, a tapered PMMA probe which was coated by silver film was fabricated and demonstrated using calcium hypochlorite (G70) solution. The working mechanism of such a device is based on the observed increment in the transmission of the sensor that is immersed in solutions of higher concentration. As the concentration varies from 0 ppm to 6 ppm, the output voltage of the sensor increases linearly from 3.61 mV to 4.28 mV with a sensitivity of 0.1154 mV/ppm and a linearity of more than 99.47%. The silver film coating increases the sensitivity of the proposed sensor due to the effective cladding refractive index, which increases with the coating and thus allows more light to be transmitted from the tapered fiber.

  17. All-fiber-integrated single frequency tapered fiber amplifier with near diffraction limited output

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    Zhou, Zichao; Zhang, Hanwei; Wang, Xiaolin; Pan, Zhiyong; Su, Rongtao; Yang, Baolai; Zhou, Pu; Xu, Xiaojun

    2016-06-01

    We present an all-fiber single frequency high-power amplifier using tapered ytterbium-doped fiber (T-YDF) based on a master oscillator power amplification (MOPA) scheme. Different from previous laser amplifiers, the monolithic system is all-fiber-integrated, employing a large mode area (LMA) T-YDF and co-pump scheme. The LMA T-YDF is 7 m long and its core/inner cladding diameters are 20.4/237.1 μm and 46.9/579.9 μm in the input port and output port, respectively. In experiment, the laser amplifier is shown to generate up to 53 W of single frequency laser with slope efficiency of 57.7%, which indicates more than a two times increase of the stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) threshold than common LMA fibers with core/inner cladding diameters of 20/400 μm. At the highest output power, the M 2 factor is measured to be 1.25 and 1.20 in the X and Y directions. Results show that this T-YDF can be scaled up to even higher power when other SBS suppression methods are employed simultaneously.

  18. Dynamic Response of Tapered Optical Multimode Fiber Coated with Carbon Nanotubes for Ethanol Sensing Application

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    Shabaneh, Arafat; Girei, Saad; Arasu, Punitha; Mahdi, Mohd; Rashid, Suraya; Paiman, Suriati; Yaacob, Mohd

    2015-01-01

    Ethanol is a highly combustible chemical universally designed for biomedical applications. In this paper, optical sensing performance of tapered multimode fiber tip coated with carbon nanotube (CNT) thin film towards aqueous ethanol with different concentrations is investigated. The tapered optical multimode fiber tip is coated with CNT using drop-casting technique and is annealed at 70 °C to enhance the binding of the nanomaterial to the silica fiber tip. The optical fiber tip and the CNT sensing layer are micro-characterized using FESEM and Raman spectroscopy techniques. When the developed sensor was exposed to different concentrations of ethanol (5% to 80%), the sensor reflectance reduced proportionally. The developed sensors showed high sensitivity, repeatability and fast responses (<55 s) towards ethanol. PMID:25946634

  19. Diaphragm-free fiber-optic Fabry-Perot interferometer based on tapered hollow silica tube

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    Fang, Guocheng; Jia, Pinggang; Liang, Ting; Tan, Qiulin; Hong, Yingping; Liu, Wenyi; Xiong, Jijun

    2016-07-01

    A miniature fiber-optic Fabry-Perot interferometer fabricated by splicing a diaphragm-free hollow silica tube to a single-mode fiber and fusing the inner core to a taper is presented. The tapered zone forces lights to propagate from the fiber core into the silica tube, and the lights is reflected from the end faces of the optical fiber and the hollow silica tube. The contrast ratio of the interference fringe is determined by the minimum inner diameter of hollow silica tube. The responses of the proposed interferometer to high-temperature, gas refractive index, liquid refractive index and pressure were measured and were found to be linear with sensitivities of 16.26 pm/°C, 610.47 nm/RIU, -122.36 dB/RIU and 1.56 pm/kPa, respectively.

  20. High Sensitivity Refractometer Based on TiO₂-Coated Adiabatic Tapered Optical Fiber via ALD Technology.

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    Zhu, Shan; Pang, Fufei; Huang, Sujuan; Zou, Fang; Guo, Qiang; Wen, Jianxiang; Wang, Tingyun

    2016-01-01

    Atomic layer deposition (ALD) technology is introduced to fabricate a high sensitivity refractometer based on an adiabatic tapered optical fiber. Different thicknesses of titanium dioxide (TiO₂) nanofilm were coated around the tapered fiber precisely and uniformly under different deposition cycles. Attributed to the higher refractive index of the TiO₂ nanofilm compared to that of silica, an asymmetric Fabry-Perot (F-P) resonator could be constructed along the fiber taper. The central wavelength of the F-P resonator could be controlled by adjusting the thickness of the TiO₂ nanofilm. Such a F-P resonator is sensitive to changes in the surrounding refractive index (SRI), which is utilized to realize a high sensitivity refractometer. The refractometer developed by depositing 50.9-nm-thickness TiO₂ on the tapered fiber shows SRI sensitivity as high as 7096 nm/RIU in the SRI range of 1.3373-1.3500. Due to TiO₂'s advantages of high refractive index, lack of toxicity, and good biocompatibility, this refractometer is expected to have wide applications in the biochemical sensing field. PMID:27537885

  1. Trapping and Propelling Microparticles at Long Range by Using an Entirely Stripped and Slightly Tapered No-Core Optical Fiber

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    Sheu, Fang-Wen; Huang, Yen-Si

    2013-01-01

    A stripped no-core optical fiber with a 125 μm diameter was transformed into a symmetric and unbroken optical fiber that tapers slightly to a 45-μm-diameter waist. The laser light can be easily launched into the no-core optical fiber. The enhanced evanescent wave of the slightly tapered no-core optical fiber can attract nearby 5-μm-diameter polystyrene microparticles onto the surface of the tapered multimode optical fiber within fast flowing fluid and propel the trapped particles in the direction of the light propagation to longer delivery range than is possible using a slightly tapered telecom single-mode optical fiber. PMID:23449118

  2. Tunable and switchable dual-wavelength erbium-doped fiber laser based on in-line tapered fiber filters

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    Tong, Zheng-rong; Yang, He; Cao, Ye

    2016-07-01

    A tunable and switchable dual-wavelength erbium-doped fiber laser (EDFL) based on all-fiber single-mode tapered fiber structure has been demonstrated. By adjusting the variable optical attenuator (VOA), the laser can be switched between the single-wavelength mode and the dual-wavelength mode. When the temperature applied on the tapered fiber structure varies, the pass-band varies and the wavelength of the output laser shifts correspondingly. When the temperature changes from 30 °C to 180 °C, the central wavelength of the EDFL generated by branch A shifts from 1 550.7 nm to 1 560.3 nm, while that of branch B shifts from 1 530.8 nm to 1 540.4 nm, indicating the wavelength interval is tunable. These advantages enable this laser to be a potential candidate for high-capacity wavelength division multiplexing systems and mechanical sensors.

  3. Nanocoating effects on tapered long period fiber gratings

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    Pilla, P.; Cusano, A.; Cutolo, A.; Giordano, M.; Korwin-Pawlowski, M. L.; Bock, W. J.

    2007-07-01

    In this work, the experimental analysis of the response of nanocoated Tapered Long Period Gratings (TLPGs) to Surrounding Refractive Index (SRI) changes is presented. The modal transition is demonstrated to take place in this kind of devices and to be an effective method to improve their SRI sensitivity. The dip-coating method was carried out by an automated system and showed to be a reliable technique for the deposition of conformal coatings. A comparison with traditional UV-written LPGs revealed that a thicker overlay is necessary for the TLPG to tune the transition region in the same SRI range.

  4. Evanescent wave absorption sensor based on tapered multimode fiber coated with monolayer graphene film

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    Qiu, Hengwei; Gao, Saisai; Chen, Peixi; Li, Zhen; Liu, Xiaoyun; Zhang, Chao; Xu, Yuanyuan; Jiang, Shouzhen; Yang, Cheng; Huo, Yanyan; Yue, Weiwei

    2016-05-01

    An evanescent wave absorption (EWA) sensor based on tapered multimode fiber (TMMF) coated with monolayer graphene film for the detection of double-stranded DNA (DS-DNA) is investigated in this work. The TMMF is a silica multimode fiber (nominally at 62.5 μm), which was tapered to symmetric taper with waist diameters of ~30 μm and total length of ~3 mm. Monolayer graphene film was grown on a copper foil via chemical vapor deposition (CVD) technology and transferred onto skinless tapered fiber core via dry transfer technology. All the components of the sensor are coupled together by fusion splicer in order to eliminate the external disturbance. DS-DNA is created by the assembly of two relatively complemented oligonucleotides. The measurements are obtained by using a spectrometer in the optical wavelength range of 400-900 nm. With the increase of DS-DNA concentration, the output light intensity (OPLI) arisen an obvious attenuation. Importantly, the absorbance (A) and the DS-DNA concentrations shown a reasonable linear variation in a wide range of 5-400 μM. Through a series of comparison, the accuracy of TMMF sensor with graphene (G-TMMF) is much better than that without graphene (TMMF), which can be attributed to the molecular enrichment of graphene by π-π stacking.

  5. Tapered TeX glass optical fibers for remote IR spectroscopic analysis

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    Le Foulgoc, Karine; Le Neindre, Lydia; Zhang, Xhang H.; Lucas, Jacques

    1996-12-01

    Infrared TeX fibers operating in a wide wavelength region have various potential uses in the short distance area such as laser power delivery, remote temperature monitoring and chemical analysis. TeX glass fibers with a minimum attenuation of 0.5 dB/m in the 7 - 10 micrometer range have been obtained. A plastic coating protects these fibers from external environment and improves their mechanical properties. Remote spectroscopy using mono-index fiber is one of the most promising applications. This new technology allows the identification and in situ analysis of many substances such as oils and fertilizers, which have their fingerprint in the 2 - 13 micrometer domain. The detection efficiency using evanescent wave absorption has been studied as a function of the fiber's diameter. It is found that the sensitivity increases very rapidly when the fibers' diameter decreases. The possibility of detecting very low concentrations has been tested by using TeX tapered fibers.

  6. Investigation on spectral response of micro-cavity structure by symmetrical tapered fiber tips

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    Liu, Yan; Li, Yang; Yan, Xiaojun; Li, Weidong

    2016-06-01

    We proposed and experimentally demonstrated a micro-cavity structure made of symmetrical tapered fiber tips. The waist of a conventional fiber taper fabricated from heating and stretching technique is symmetrically cleaved, and the aligned fiber tips with air gap constitute a Fabry-Perot micro-cavity due to the reflection at the tip facet. The spectral responses of such micro-cavity structure have been investigated both in beam propagation models and experiments. The multibeam interference in the micro-cavity and the impact of the waist diameter and cavity length on the spectral response has been successfully demonstrated. And a micro-cavity structure with 45 μm waist diameter was experimentally achieved, the measured spectra agree well with the simulation ones, indicating that the spectral response of the micro-cavity structure is contributed by both the multibeam interference and the Fabry-Perot micro-cavity.

  7. Theoretical study of power amplification in tapered fiber with multi-seed parallel injection

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    Xiao, Qi-Rong; Ren, Hai-Cui; Li, Dan; Gong, Ma-Li; Yan, Ping

    2013-11-01

    We proposed the concept of parallel injection power amplification. A tapered fiber amplifier with multi-seed sources by the way of parallel injection was studied. The lower-order modes are excited and more than 90% of the input signal power remains in the fiber core if optimal injection and taper design are set. The power in the doped-core is amplified with high optical-optical efficiency. When light is propagating along the fiber, the higher-order modes are filtered which results in the high output beam quality. Incoherent combination of multi-seed lights launched through the wide end gives rise to the output power of several kW.

  8. Double-clad fiber with a tapered end for confocal endomicroscopy

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    Lemire-Renaud, Simon; Strupler, Mathias; Benboujja, Fouzi; Godbout, Nicolas; Boudoux, Caroline

    2011-01-01

    We present a double-clad fiber coupler (DCFC) for use in confocal endomicroscopy to reduce speckle contrast, increase signal collection while preserving optical sectioning. The DCFC is made by incorporating a double-clad tapered fiber (DCTF) to a fused-tapered DCFC for achromatic transmission (from 1265 nm to 1325 nm) of > 95% illumination light trough the single mode (SM) core and collection of > 40% diffuse light through inner cladding modes. Its potential for confocal endomicroscopy is demonstrated in a spectrally-encoded imaging setup which shows a 3 times reduction in speckle contrast as well as 5.5 × increase in signal collection compared to imaging with a SM fiber. PMID:22076259

  9. Performance evaluation of four-wave mixing in a graphene-covered tapered fiber

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    Jin, Qiang; Lu, Jiamei; Li, Xibin; Yan, Qiang; Gao, Qianyu; Gao, Shiming

    2016-07-01

    Four-wave mixing in a monolayer graphene-covered tapered fiber is theoretically analyzed by taking into account the influence of the graphene layer on the light-field distribution. A figure-of-merit (FOM) coefficient, considering both the high nonlinearity and the heavy absorption, is redefined to evaluate nonlinear performance. The fiber diameter and length are optimized to acquire a higher FOM. Using such a graphene-covered tapered fiber with an optimal diameter of 0.736 μm, a maximum conversion efficiency of ‑38.07 dB is numerically obtained for the 1.55 μm pump when the graphene length is 34.4 μm and the peak pump power is 10 W. Moreover, a 3 dB bandwidth as broad as 430 nm can be realized in the 1.55 μm telecommunication band.

  10. Tapered and linearly chirped fiber Bragg gratings with co-directional and counter-directional resultant chirps

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    Osuch, Tomasz

    2016-05-01

    A method of spectral width tailoring of tapered fiber Bragg gratings is theoretically analyzed and experimentally verified. This concept is based on inscription grating structures in which synthesis of chirps comes from both taper profile and a linearly chirped phase mask used for grating inscription. It is shown that under UV exposure and depending on the orientation of the optical fiber taper relative to the variable-pitch phase mask, tapered and linearly chirped fiber Bragg gratings (TCFBG) with resultant co-directional or counter-directional chirps are achieved. Thus, both effects, those of reduction and enhancement of the grating chirp, as well as their influence on the grating spectral response, are presented. In particular, using the above approach TCFBG with significantly narrowed spectral width are shown. Moreover, fused tapered chirped FBG with relatively large waist diameter are shown having broad spectrum, something that prior to now was not attainable using previously developed techniques.

  11. LP01 to LP0m mode converters using all-fiber two-stage tapers

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    Mellah, Hakim; Zhang, Xiupu; Shen, Dongya

    2015-11-01

    A mode converter between LP01 and LP0m modes is proposed using two stages of tapers. The first stage is formed by an adiabatically tapering a circular fiber to excite the desirable LP0m mode. The second stage is formed by inserting an inner core (tapered from both sides) with a refractive index smaller than the original core. This second stage is used to obtain low insertion loss and high extinction ratio of the desired LP0m mode. Three converters between LP01 and LP0m, m=2, 3, and 4, are designed for C-band, and simulation results show that less than 0.24, 0.54 and 0.7 dB insertion loss and higher than 15, 16, and 17.5 dB extinction ratio over the entire band were obtained for the three converters, respectively.

  12. Tapered Optical Fiber Probe Assembled with Plasmonic Nanostructures for Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering Application.

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    Huang, Zhulin; Lei, Xing; Liu, Ye; Wang, Zhiwei; Wang, Xiujuan; Wang, Zhaoming; Mao, Qinghe; Meng, Guowen

    2015-08-12

    Optical fiber-Raman devices integrated with plasmonic nanostructures have promising potentials for in situ probing remote liquid samples and biological samples. In this system, the fiber probe is required to simultaneously demonstrate stable surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) signals and high sensitivity toward the target species. Here we demonstrate a generic approach to integrate presynthesized plasmonic nanostructures with tapered fiber probes that are prepared by a dipping-etching method, through reversed electrostatic attraction between the silane couple agent modified silica fiber probe and the nanostructures. Using this approach, both negatively and positively charged plasmonic nanostructures with various morphologies (such as Au nanosphere, Ag nanocube, Au nanorod, Au@Ag core-shell nanorod) can be stably assembled on the tapered silica fiber probes. Attributed to the electrostatic force between the plasmonic units and the fiber surface, the nanostructures do not disperse in liquid samples easily, making the relative standard deviation of SERS signals as low as 2% in analyte solution. Importantly, the detection sensitivity of the system can be optimized by adjusting the cone angle (from 3.6° to 22°) and the morphology of nanostructures assembled on the fiber. Thus, the nanostructures-sensitized optical fiber-Raman probes show great potentials in the applications of SERS-based environmental detection of liquid samples. PMID:26186260

  13. Tapered Optical Fiber Sensor for Label-Free Detection of Biomolecules

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    Tian, Ye; Wang, Wenhui; Wu, Nan; Zou, Xiaotian; Wang, Xingwei

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents a fast, highly sensitive and low-cost tapered optical fiber biosensor that enables the label-free detection of biomolecules. The sensor takes advantage of the interference effect between the fiber’s first two propagation modes along the taper waist region. The biomolecules bonded on the taper surface were determined by demodulating the transmission spectrum phase shift. Because of the sharp spectrum fringe signals, as well as a relatively long biomolecule testing region, the sensor displayed a fast response and was highly sensitive. To better understand the influence of various biomolecules on the sensor, a numerical simulation that varied biolayer parameters such as thickness and refractive index was performed. The results showed that the spectrum fringe shift was obvious to be measured even when the biolayer was only nanometers thick. A microchannel chip was designed and fabricated for the protection of the sensor and biotesting. Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) fabrication techniques were used to precisely control the profile and depth of the microchannel on the silicon chip with an accuracy of 2 μm. A tapered optical fiber biosensor was fabricated and evaluated with an Immune globulin G (IgG) antibody-antigen pair. PMID:22163821

  14. Compact bending sensor based on a fiber Bragg grating in an abrupt biconical taper.

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    Cui, Wei; Si, Jinhai; Chen, Tao; Hou, Xun

    2015-05-01

    We propose and experimentally demonstrate a compact bending sensor. The head of the sensor is only 0.8 mm in length, and consists of an abrupt biconical fiber taper formed using a conventional fusion splicer, in which a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) is inscribed using a femtosecond laser. The biconical taper incorporating the FBG can couple light from the cladding to the backward-propagating core mode, which realizes an interferometer in reflection-mode. Bending of the structure can be detected from the contrast change of interference fringes. A configuration to measure curvature is investigated to demonstrate the sensing characteristics. The temperature cross-sensitivity of the sensor is studied, and the results demonstrate that it is insensitive to temperature. PMID:25969198

  15. Coherence Properties of Supercontinuum Generated in Dispersion-Tailored Lead-Silicate Microstructured Fiber Taper

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    Hu, Hongyu; Li, Wenbo; Ma, Shaozhen; Dutta, Niloy K.

    2013-05-01

    This article details the numerically studied coherence properties of the supercontinuum generated in a lead-silicate microstructured fiber taper, with an increasing core radius along the propagation distance that tailors the dispersion property. Simulations are conducted by adding quantum noise into the input pulse at 1.55 μm, and the complex degree of first-order coherence function and the overall spectral coherence degree are both calculated. Although the spectral broadening is comparable, the coherence degree is shown to vary with different pumping conditions. It decreases with higher peak power and longer duration due to the significant competition between the soliton-fission process and the noise-seeded modulation instability. By controlling the input pulse parameters, it is possible to generate a perfectly coherent supercontinuum with a flat broadened spectrum extending from ~1 μm to ~5μm in this fiber taper.

  16. Supercontinuum generation in dispersion-tailored lead-silicate fiber taper

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    Hu, Hongyu; Li, Wenbo; Ma, Shaozhen; Dutta, Niloy K.

    2013-01-01

    In this paper we numerically study the coherence properties of the supercontinuum generated in a lead-silicate microstructured fiber taper, with an increasing core radius along the propagation distance which tailors the dispersion property. Simulations are conducted by adding quantum noise into the input pulse at 1.55 μm, and the complex degree of first-order coherence function and the overall spectral coherence degree are both calculated. Although the spectral broadening is comparable, the coherence degree is shown to vary with different pumping conditions. It decreases with higher peak power and longer duration due to the significant competition between the soliton-fission process and the noise-seeded modulation instability. By controlling the input pulse parameters, it is possible to generate perfectly coherent supercontinuum with a flat broadened spectrum extending to ~5μm in this fiber taper.

  17. Tunable modulational instability sidebands via parametric resonance in periodically tapered optical fibers.

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    Armaroli, Andrea; Biancalana, Fabio

    2012-10-22

    We analyze the modulation instability induced by periodic variations of group velocity dispersion and nonlinearity in optical fibers, which may be interpreted as an analogue of the well-known parametric resonance in mechanics. We derive accurate analytical estimates of resonant detuning, maximum gain and instability margins, significantly improving on previous literature on the subject. We also design a periodically tapered photonic crystal fiber, in order to achieve narrow instability sidebands at a detuning of 35 THz, above the Raman maximum gain peak of fused silica. The wide tunability of the resonant peaks by variations of the tapering period and depth will allow to implement sources of correlated photon pairs which are far-detuned from the input pump wavelength, with important applications in quantum optics. PMID:23187276

  18. Single-mode tapered optical fiber loop immunosensor II: assay of anti-cholera toxin immunoglobulins

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    Marks, Robert S.; Hale, Zoe M.; Levine, Myron M.; Lowe, C. R.; Payne, Frank P.

    1994-07-01

    An evanescent wave immunoassay for cholera antitoxin immunoglobulins was performed using a single mode tapered optical fiber loop sensor. The transducer was silanized with 3- glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane and chemically modified to link covalently either cholera toxin B subunit or a synthetic peptide derived from it, CTP3. The sensor was exposed to seral fluids, obtained from human volunteers having been exposed to live virulent Vibrio cholerae 01 and shown to produce rice-water stools. Other toxins of interest, such as Clostridium botulinum toxin A, have been tested on similar systems. The bound unlabelled immunoglobulins were then exposed to a mixture of FITC-anti-IgG and TRITC-anti-IgA, without requirement for a separation step. The emanating fluorescent emissions of fluorescein and rhodamine, excited by the input laser light, were coupled back into the guided mode of the tapered fiber, and used to determine the concentrations of the complementary antigens.

  19. Analysis of an upside-down taper lens end from a single-mode step-index fiber.

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    Mondal, S K; Gangopadhyay, S; Sarkar, S

    1998-02-20

    We introduce and analyze the upside-down taper lens end drawn from step-index fibers. Also, we model the refractive-index distribution and present the ABCD transformation matrix of this fiber end under paraxial approximation. The analysis can be useful for designing micro-optic image systems and laser diodes to single-mode fiber coupling optics. PMID:18268676

  20. High energy supercontinuum sources using tapered photonic crystal fibers for multispectral photoacoustic microscopy

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    Bondu, Magalie; Brooks, Christopher; Jakobsen, Christian; Oakes, Keith; Moselund, Peter Morten; Leick, Lasse; Bang, Ole; Podoleanu, Adrian

    2016-06-01

    We demonstrate a record bandwidth high energy supercontinuum source suitable for multispectral photoacoustic microscopy. The source has more than 150 nJ/10 nm bandwidth over a spectral range of 500 to 1600 nm. This performance is achieved using a carefully designed fiber taper with large-core input for improved power handling and small-core output that provides the desired spectral range of the supercontinuum source.

  1. High energy supercontinuum sources using tapered photonic crystal fibers for multispectral photoacoustic microscopy.

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    Bondu, Magalie; Brooks, Christopher; Jakobsen, Christian; Oakes, Keith; Moselund, Peter Morten; Leick, Lasse; Bang, Ole; Podoleanu, Adrian

    2016-06-01

    We demonstrate a record bandwidth high energy supercontinuum source suitable for multispectral photoacoustic microscopy. The source has more than 150  nJ/10  nm bandwidth over a spectral range of 500 to 1600 nm. This performance is achieved using a carefully designed fiber taper with large-core input for improved power handling and small-core output that provides the desired spectral range of the supercontinuum source. PMID:26836298

  2. Silver iodide phosphate glass microsphere resonator integrated on an optical fiber taper.

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    Milenko, Karolina; Konidakis, Ioannis; Pissadakis, Stavros

    2016-05-15

    In this Letter, we demonstrate the fabrication and characterization of a robust and functional whispering gallery mode (WGM) resonating system based on a silver iodide phosphate glass microsphere melted on an optical fiber taper. The fabrication process is presented, together with spectral characterization of the device. The effect of the thermal annealing of the soft glass resonator on the whispering gallery modes' excitation and Q-factor is shown and discussed. PMID:27176958

  3. Mode-field adapter for tapered-fiber-bundle signal and pump combiners.

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    Koška, Pavel; Baravets, Yauhen; Peterka, Pavel; Bohata, Jan; Písařík, Michael

    2015-02-01

    We report on a novel mode-field adapter that is proposed to be incorporated inside tapered fused-fiber-bundle pump and signal combiners for high-power double-clad fiber lasers. Such an adapter allows optimization of signal-mode-field matching on the input and output fibers. Correspondingly, losses of the combiner signal branch are significantly reduced. The mode-field adapter optimization procedure is demonstrated on a combiner based on commercially available fibers. Signal wavelengths of 1.55 and 2 μm are considered. The losses can be further improved by using specially designed intermediate fiber and by dopant diffusion during splicing as confirmed by preliminary experimental results. PMID:25967784

  4. Simultaneous measurement of strain, temperature and refractive index based on multimode interference, fiber tapering and fiber Bragg gratings

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    Oliveira, Ricardo; Osório, Jonas H.; Aristilde, Stenio; Bilro, Lúcia; Nogueira, Rogerio N.; Cordeiro, Cristiano M. B.

    2016-07-01

    We report the development of an optical fiber sensor capable of simultaneously measuring strain, temperature and refractive index. The sensor is based on the combination of two fiber Bragg gratings written in a standard single-mode fiber, one in an untapered region and another in a tapered region, spliced to a no-core fiber. The possibility of simultaneously measuring three parameters relies on the different sensitivity responses of each part of the sensor. The results have shown the possibility of measuring three parameters simultaneously with a resolution of 3.77 με, 1.36 °C and 5  ×  10‑4, respectively for strain, temperature and refractive index. On top of the multiparameter ability, the simple production and combination of all the parts involved on this optical-fiber-based sensor is an attractive feature for several sensing applications.

  5. Enlarged-taper tailored Fiber Bragg grating with polyvinyl alcohol coating for humidity sensing

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    Liang, Yanhong; Yan, Guofeng; He, Sailing

    2015-08-01

    In this paper, a novel optical fiber sensor based on an enlarged-taper tailored fiber Bragg grating (FBG) is proposed and experimentally demonstrated for the measurement of relative humidity. The enlarged-taper works as a multifunctional joint that not only excites cladding modes but also recouples the cladding modes reflected by the FBG back into the leading single mode fiber. Due to the fact that cladding modes have a strong evanescent field penetrating into the ambient medium, the intensity of the reflected cladding modes is greatly influenced by the refractive index (RI) of the ambient medium. Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) film is plated on the fiber surface by dip-coating technique, as a humidity-to-refractive index transducer, whose RI variance from 1.49 to 1.34 when the ambient humidity increases from 20%RH to 95%RH. The relative humidity response of the sensing structure is investigated in our home-made humidity chamber with a commercial hygrometer. By monitoring the intensity of the reflected cladding modes, the RH variance can be demodulated. Experimental results show that RH sensitivity depends on the RH value, and a sensitivity up to 1.2 dB/%RH can be achieved within the RH range of 30-90%. A fast and reversible time response has also been investigated. Such a probe-type and reusable fiber-optic RH sensor is a very promising technology for biochemical sensing applications, e.g., breath analysis, chemical reaction monitoring.

  6. Single mode tapered fiber-optic interferometer based refractive index sensor and its application to protein sensing.

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    Yadav, T K; Narayanaswamy, R; Abu Bakar, M H; Kamil, Y Mustapha; Mahdi, M A

    2014-09-22

    We demonstrate refractive index sensors based on single mode tapered fiber and its application as a biosensor. We utilize this tapered fiber optic biosensor, operating at 1550 nm, for the detection of protein (gelatin) concentration in water. The sensor is based on the spectroscopy of mode coupling based on core modes-fiber cladding modes excited by the fundamental core mode of an optical fiber when it transitions into tapered regions from untapered regions. The changes are determined from the wavelength shift of the transmission spectrum. The proposed fiber sensor has sensitivity of refractive index around 1500 nm/RIU and for protein concentration detection, its highest sensitivity is 2.42141 nm/%W/V. PMID:25321749

  7. Numerical analysis of double chirp effect in tapered and linearly chirped fiber Bragg gratings.

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    Markowski, Konrad; Jedrzejewski, Kazimierz; Osuch, Tomasz

    2016-06-10

    In this paper, a theoretical analysis of recently developed tapered chirped fiber Bragg gratings (TCFBG) written in co-directional and counter-directional configurations is presented. In particular, the effects of the synthesis of chirps resulting from both a fused taper profile and a linearly chirped fringe pattern of the induced refractive index changes within the fiber core are extensively examined. For this purpose, a numerical model based on the transfer matrix method (TMM) and the coupled mode theory (CMT) was developed for such a grating. The impact of TCFBG parameters, such as grating length and steepness of the taper transition, as well as the effect of the fringe pattern chirp rate on the spectral properties of the resulting gratings, are presented. Results show that, by using the appropriate design process, TCFBGs with reduced or enhanced resulting chirp, and thus with widely tailored spectral responses, can be easily achieved. In turn, it reveals a great potential application of such structures. The presented numerical approach provides an excellent tool for TCFBG design. PMID:27409005

  8. Wide-field lensless fluorescent microscopy using a tapered fiber-optic faceplate on a chip†

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    Coskun, Ahmet F.; Sencan, Ikbal; Su, Ting-Wei; Ozcan, Aydogan

    2011-01-01

    We demonstrate lensless fluorescent microscopy over a large field-of-view of ~60 mm2 with a spatial resolution of <4 μm. In this on-chip fluorescent imaging modality, the samples are placed on a fiber-optic faceplate that is tapered such that the density of the fiber-optic waveguides on the top facet is >5 fold larger than the bottom one. Placed on this tapered faceplate, the fluorescent samples are pumped from the side through a glass hemisphere interface. After excitation of the samples, the pump light is rejected through total internal reflection that occurs at the bottom facet of the sample substrate. The fluorescent emission from the sample is then collected by the smaller end of the tapered faceplate and is delivered to an opto-electronic sensor-array to be digitally sampled. Using a compressive sampling algorithm, we decode these raw lensfree images to validate the resolution (<4 μm) of this on-chip fluorescent imaging platform using microparticles as well as labeled Giardia muris cysts. This wide-field lensfree fluorescent microscopy platform, being compact and high-throughput, might provide a valuable tool especially for cytometry, rare cell analysis (involving large area microfluidic systems) as well as for microarray imaging applications. PMID:21283900

  9. Package of a dual-tapered-fiber coupled microsphere resonator with high Q factor

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    Dong, Yongchao; Wang, Keyi; Jin, Xueying

    2015-09-01

    We package a high-quality (Q) factor optical whispering gallery mode (WGM) microsphere resonator side coupled to two tapered fibers without changing the initial coupling conditions, achieving a final Q as high as 2.7×106. The mechanical stability of the coupling system is improved by placing the tapers in contact with the microsphere. The packaged device can be easily sealed in a targeted hermetic box according to different practical applications, which provides long term maintenance of the coupling efficiency and high-Q factor. Moreover, we test the temperature dependence of the packaged device and demonstrate its capability for thermal tuning of the drop wavelength. This device has a variety of advantages, such as portability, low-cost, and ease of fabrication.

  10. Coupling Single-Mode Fiber to Uniform and Symmetrically Tapered Thin-Film Waveguide Structures Using Gadolinium Gallium Garnet

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    Gadi, Jagannath; Yalamanchili, Raj; Shahid, Mohammad

    1995-01-01

    The need for high efficiency components has grown significantly due to the expanding role of fiber optic communications for various applications. Integrated optics is in a state of metamorphosis and there are many problems awaiting solutions. One of the main problems being the lack of a simple and efficient method of coupling single-mode fibers to thin-film devices for integrated optics. In this paper, optical coupling between a single-mode fiber and a uniform and tapered thin-film waveguide is theoretically modeled and analyzed. A novel tapered structure presented in this paper is shown to produce perfect match for power transfer.

  11. Fast detection of hydrogen with nano fiber tapers coated with ultra thin palladium layers

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    Villatoro, Joel; Monzón-Hernández, David

    2005-06-01

    We report a miniature hydrogen sensor that consists of a subwavelength diameter tapered optical fiber coated with an ultra thin palladium film. The optical properties of the palladium layer changes when the device is exposed to hydrogen. Consequently, the absorption of the evanescent waves also changes. The sensor was tested in a simple light transmission measurement setup that consisted of a 1550 nm laser diode and a photodetector. Our sensor is much smaller and faster than other optical hydrogen sensors reported so far. The sensor proposed here is suitable for detecting low concentrations of hydrogen at normal conditions.

  12. Coherence properties of supercontinuum spectra generated in photonic crystal and tapered optical fibers.

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    Dudley, John M; Coen, Stéphane

    2002-07-01

    Numerical simulations have been used in studies of the temporal and spectral features of supercontinuum generation in photonic crystal and tapered optical fibers. In particular, an ensemble average over multiple simulations performed with random quantum noise on the input pulse allows the coherence of the supercontinuum to be quantified in terms of the dependence of the degree of first-order coherence on the wavelength. The coherence is shown to depend strongly on the input pulse's duration and wavelength, and optimal conditions for the generation of coherent supercontinua are discussed. PMID:18026400

  13. Theoretical study of mode evolution properties in a 3×1 adiabatic tapered single-mode fiber combiner

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    Zhou, Xuanfeng; Chen, Zilun; Zhou, Hang; Hou, Jing

    2015-02-01

    We study the mode evolution properties in a 3 x 1 adiabatic tapered single-mode fiber combiner (ATSMFC) in theory. The fabrication of the combiner for single mode fibers based on adiabatic tapered fused bundle (TFB) technique with the assistant of low index glass capillary is introduced. The whole taper region can be seen as three phase: single-mode fibers, multi-core fiber and multi-mode fiber. Supermodes of three-core fiber with scalar mode results are derived based on coupling mode theory. The analysis is verified with numerical examples by fully vectorial finite element mode solver (Cosmol Multiphysics). Simulation results show that the three input core modes in single-mode fibers gradually evolve into three supermodes in three-core fiber and then evolve into three low-order modes in the multi-core fiber. Effective indices for different modes are calculated which can depict the evolution process vividly. The results may be useful for practical high power fiber laser systems.

  14. A fiber-optic interferometer based on non-adiabatic fiber taper and long-period fiber grating for simultaneous measurement of magnetic field and temperature

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    Kang, Shouxin; Zhang, Hao; Liu, Bo; Lin, Wei; Zhang, Ning; Miao, Yinping

    2016-01-01

    A dual-parameter sensor based on a fiber-optic interferometer consisting of a non-adiabatic fiber taper and a long-period fiber grating (LPFG) integrated with magnetic nanoparticle fluids has been proposed and experimentally demonstrated. Due to the Mach-Zehnder interference induced by the concatenation of the fiber taper and long-period grating, an interferometric spectrum could be acquired within the transmission resonance spectral envelope of the LPFG. Thanks to different magnetic field and temperature sensitivities of difference interference dips, simultaneous measurement of the magnetic field intensity and environmental temperature could be achieved. Moreover, due to the variation in coupling coefficients of the fiber taper and the LPFG in response to the change of the applied magnetic field intensity, some of the interference dips would exhibit opposite magnetic-field-intensity-dependent transmission loss variation behavior. Magnetic field intensity and temperature sensitivities of 0.017 31 dB Oe-1 and 0.0315 dB K-1, and -0.024 55 dB Oe-1 and -0.056 28 dB K-1 were experimentally acquired for the experimentally monitored interference dips.

  15. Modal demultiplexing properties of tapered and nanostructured optical fibers for in vivo optogenetic control of neural activity

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    Pisanello, Marco; Della Patria, Andrea; Sileo, Leonardo; Sabatini, Bernardo L.; De Vittorio, Massimo; Pisanello, Ferruccio

    2015-01-01

    Optogenetic approaches to manipulate neural activity have revolutionized the ability of neuroscientists to uncover the functional connectivity underlying brain function. At the same time, the increasing complexity of in vivo optogenetic experiments has increased the demand for new techniques to precisely deliver light into the brain, in particular to illuminate selected portions of the neural tissue. Tapered and nanopatterned gold-coated optical fibers were recently proposed as minimally invasive multipoint light delivery devices, allowing for site-selective optogenetic stimulation in the mammalian brain [Pisanello, Neuron 82, 1245 (2014)24881834]. Here we demonstrate that the working principle behind these devices is based on the mode-selective photonic properties of the fiber taper. Using analytical and ray tracing models we model the finite conductance of the metal coating, and show that single or multiple optical windows located at specific taper sections can outcouple only specific subsets of guided modes injected into the fiber. PMID:26504650

  16. Near-field fluorescence thermometry using highly efficient triple-tapered near-field optical fiber probe

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    Fujii, T.; Taguchi, Y.; Saiki, T.; Nagasaka, Y.

    2012-12-01

    A novel local temperature measurement method using fluorescence near-field optics thermal nanoscopy (Fluor-NOTN) has been developed. Fluor-NOTN enables nanoscale temperature measurement in situ by detecting the temperature-dependent fluorescence lifetime of CdSe quantum dots (QDs). In this paper, we report a novel triple-tapered near-field optical fiber probe that can increase the temperature measurement sensitivity of Fluor-NOTN. The performance of the proposed probe was numerically evaluated by the finite difference time domain method. Due to improvements in both the throughput and collection efficiency of near-field light, the sensitivity of the proposed probe was 1.9 times greater than that of typical double-tapered probe. The proposed shape of the triple-tapered core was successfully fabricated utilizing a geometrical model. The detected signal intensity of dried layers of QDs was greater by more than two orders than that of auto-fluorescence from the fiber core. In addition, the near-field fluorescence lifetime of the QDs and its temperature dependence were successfully measured by the fabricated triple-tapered near-field optical fiber probe. These measurement results verified the capability of the proposed triple-tapered near-field optical fiber probe to improve the collection efficiency of near-field fluorescence.

  17. A Sensitivity-Enhanced Refractive Index Sensor Using a Single-Mode Thin-Core Fiber Incorporating an Abrupt Taper

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    Shi, Jie; Xiao, Shilin; Yi, Lilin; Bi, Meihua

    2012-01-01

    A sensitivity-enhanced fiber-optic refractive index (RI) sensor based on a tapered single-mode thin-core diameter fiber is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. The sensor head is formed by splicing a section of tapered thin-core diameter fiber (TCF) between two sections of single-mode fibers (SMFs). The cladding modes are excited at the first SMF-TCF interface, and then interfere with the core mode at the second interface, thus forming an inter-modal interferometer (IMI). An abrupt taper (tens of micrometers long) made by the electric-arc-heating method is utilized, and plays an important role in improving sensing sensitivity. The whole manufacture process only involves fiber splicing and tapering, and all the fabrication process can be achieved by a commercial fiber fusion splicer. Using glycerol and water mixture solution as an example, the experimental results show that the refractive index sensitivity is measured to be 0.591 nm for 1% change of surrounding RI. The proposed sensor structure features simple structure, low cost, easy fabrication, and high sensitivity. PMID:22666052

  18. Coupling of DBR tapered diode laser radiation into a single-mode-fiber at high powers

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    Jedrzejczyk, D.; Asbahr, P.; Pulka, M.; Eppich, B.; Paschke, K.

    2014-03-01

    In this work, we investigate experimentally coupling of diode laser radiation into a single-mode-fiber (SMF) at high optical power. In particular, nearly diffraction-limited, single-frequency continuous wave (CW) radiation around 1064 nm generated by a distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) tapered diode laser is coupled in a bench-top experiment into an SMF with a core diameter of approx. 6 μm. Misalignment tolerances for efficient SMF coupling are determined through two-dimensional coupling efficiency scans, conducted for an attenuated diode laser beam. The coupling efficiency and the laser beam properties behind the SMF are investigated in dependence on the optical power in front of the SMF. A maximum power ex fiber of 3.5 W at a coupling efficiency of 65 % is reached.

  19. Tapered fiber coupling of single photons emitted by a deterministically positioned single nitrogen vacancy center

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    Liebermeister, Lars Petersen, Fabian; Münchow, Asmus v.; Burchardt, Daniel; Hermelbracht, Juliane; Tashima, Toshiyuki; Schell, Andreas W.; Benson, Oliver; Meinhardt, Thomas; Krueger, Anke; Stiebeiner, Ariane; Rauschenbeutel, Arno; Weinfurter, Harald; Weber, Markus

    2014-01-20

    A diamond nano-crystal hosting a single nitrogen vacancy (NV) center is optically selected with a confocal scanning microscope and positioned deterministically onto the subwavelength-diameter waist of a tapered optical fiber (TOF) with the help of an atomic force microscope. Based on this nano-manipulation technique, we experimentally demonstrate the evanescent coupling of single fluorescence photons emitted by a single NV-center to the guided mode of the TOF. By comparing photon count rates of the fiber-guided and the free-space modes and with the help of numerical finite-difference time domain simulations, we determine a lower and upper bound for the coupling efficiency of (9.5 ± 0.6)% and (10.4 ± 0.7)%, respectively. Our results are a promising starting point for future integration of single photon sources into photonic quantum networks and applications in quantum information science.

  20. Single tapered fiber tip for simultaneous measurements of thickness, refractive index and distance to a sample.

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    Moreno-Hernández, Carlos; Monzón-Hernández, David; Hernández-Romano, Iván; Villatoro, Joel

    2015-08-24

    We demonstrate the capability of an air cavity Fabry-Perot interferometer (FPI), built with a tapered lead-in fiber tip, to measure three parameters simultaneously, distance, group refractive index and thickness of transparent samples introduced in the cavity. Tapering the lead-in fiber enhances the light coupling back efficiency, therefore is possible to enlarge the air cavity without a significant deterioration of the fringe visibility. Fourier transformation, used to analyze the reflected optical spectrum of our FPI, simplify the calculus to determine the position, thickness and refractive index. Samples made of 7 different glasses; fused silica, BK7, BalF5, SF2, BaF51, SF15, and glass slides were used to test our FPI. Each sample was measured nine times and the results for position, thickness and refractive index showed differences of ± 0.7%, ± 0.1%, and ± 0.16% respectively. The evolution of thickness and refractive index of a block of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) elastomer due to temperature changes in the range of 25°C to 90°C were also measured. The coefficients of the thermal expansion and thermo-optic estimated were α = 4.71x10(-4)/°C and dn/dT = -4.66 x10(-4) RIU/°C, respectively. PMID:26368188

  1. Lensless fluorescent on-chip microscopy using a fiber-optic taper.

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    Coskun, Ahmet F; Sencan, Ikbal; Su, Ting-Wei; Ozcan, Aydogan

    2011-01-01

    We demonstrate a lensfree on-chip fluorescent microscopy platform that can image fluorescently labeled cells over ~60 mm(2) field-of-view with <4 urn spatial resolution. In this lensfree imaging system, micro-objects of interest are directly located on a tapered fiber-optic faceplate which has > 5-fold higher density of fiber-optic waveguides in its top facet compared to the bottom facet. For excitation, an incoherent light source (e.g., a simple light emitting diode--LED) is used to pump fluorescent objects through a glass hemi-sphere interface. Upon interacting with the entire sample volume, the excitation light is rejected by total internal reflection process occurring at the bottom of the sample substrate. Fluorescent emission from the objects is then collected by the smaller facet of the tapered faceplate and is delivered to a detector-array with an image magnification of ~2.4X. A compressive sampling based decoding algorithm is used for sparse signal recovery, which further increases the space-bandwidth-product of our lensfree on-chip fluorescent imager. We validated the performance of this lensfree imaging platform using fluorescent micro-particles as well as labeled water-borne parasites (e.g., Giardia Muris cysts). Such a compact and wide-field fluorescent microscopy platform could be valuable for cytometry and rare cell imaging applications as well as for micro array research. PMID:22255702

  2. Simultaneous measurement of strain and temperature by two peanut tapers with embedded fiber Bragg grating.

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    Lv, Lingya; Wang, Sumei; Jiang, Lan; Zhang, Fei; Cao, Zhitao; Wang, Peng; Jiang, Yi; Lu, Yongfeng

    2015-12-20

    A compact optical fiber sensor for simultaneous measurement of strain and temperature is designed and experimentally investigated. The proposed sensor consists of a two-peanut-taper Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) and in-line embedded fiber Bragg grating (FBG). The sensor at a length of 35 mm presents strain sensitivities 1.07  pm/με and 0.891  pm/με, the temperature sensitivities are 55.35  pm/°C and 10.85  pm/°C, for MZI and FBG, respectively. Through tapering the center of the sensor by a fusion splicer, the strain sensitivity of the MZI is improved to 1.93  pm/με. The resolutions for strain and temperature measurement are ±3.104  με and ±0.194°C with the wavelength resolution of 5 pm. The experimental results show that the sensor is able to simultaneously measure strain and temperature by sensitivity matrix with advantages such as simple structure, compact size, ease of fabrication, low cost, etc. PMID:26837035

  3. All-fiber tunable laser based on an acousto-optic tunable filter and a tapered fiber.

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    Huang, Ligang; Song, Xiaobo; Chang, Pengfa; Peng, Weihua; Zhang, Wending; Gao, Feng; Bo, Fang; Zhang, Guoquan; Xu, Jingjun

    2016-04-01

    An all-fiber tunable laser was fabricated based on an acousto-optic tunable filter and a tapered fiber. The structure was of a high signal-to-noise ratio, therefore, no extra gain flattening was needed in the laser. In the experiment, the wavelength of the laser could be tuned from 1532.1 nm to 1570.4 nm with a 3-dB bandwidth of about 0.2 nm. Given enough nonlinearity in the laser cavity, it could also generate a sliding-frequency pulse train. The laser gains advantages of fast tuning and agility in pulse generation, and its simple structure is low cost for practical applications. PMID:27137035

  4. Tunable and switchable dual-wavelength mode-locked Tm3+-doped fiber laser based on a fiber taper.

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    Wang, Yazhou; Li, Jianfeng; Zhai, Bo; Hu, Yunxiao; Mo, Kundong; Lu, Rongguo; Liu, Yong

    2016-07-11

    We demonstrate a self-starting dual-wavelength mode-locked fiber laser at a 2 μm spectral region by using a fiber taper in a Tm3+-doped ring fiber cavity. The fiber taper fabricated with a flame brushing technique was used as a periodic filter with a modulation depth of ~3.61 dB and a modulation period of ~7.3 nm, respectively. Diverse dual-wavelength regimes including continuous wave (CW)/multi-soliton, soliton/multi-soliton, and soliton/soliton regimes were obtained by adjusting pump power. Wavelength tuning for the dual-wavelength was also precisely controllable through stretching the fiber taper carefully. The tuning range was ~7 nm which was limited by the modulation period of the taper. By inserting a 10.0 m dispersion compensation fiber (DCF) into the fiber cavity, a stable dual-wavelength dissipative-soliton operation was obtained at 2 μm spectral region for the first time. PMID:27410806

  5. Biconically Tapered Fiber Optic Probes for Rapid Label-Free Immunoassays ǂ

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    Miller, John; Castaneda, Angelica; Lee, Kun Ho; Sanchez, Martin; Ortiz, Adrian; Almaz, Ekrem; Turkoglu Almaz, Zuleyha; Murinda, Shelton; Lin, Wei-Jen; Salik, Ertan

    2015-01-01

    We report use of U-shaped biconically tapered optical fibers (BTOF) as probes for label-free immunoassays. The tapered regions of the sensors were functionalized by immobilization of immunoglobulin-G (Ig-G) and tested for detection of anti-IgG at concentrations of 50 ng/mL to 50 µg/mL. Antibody-antigen reaction creates a biological nanolayer modifying the waveguide structure leading to a change in the sensor signal, which allows real-time monitoring. The kinetics of the antibody (mouse Ig-G)-antigen (rabbit anti-mouse IgG) reactions was studied. Hydrofluoric acid treatment makes the sensitive region thinner to enhance sensitivity, which we confirmed by experiments and simulations. The limit of detection for the sensor was estimated to be less than 50 ng/mL. Utilization of the rate of the sensor peak shift within the first few minutes of the antibody-antigen reaction is proposed as a rapid protein detection method. PMID:25836359

  6. U-shaped, double-tapered, fiber-optic sensor for effective biofilm growth monitoring.

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    Zhong, Nianbing; Zhao, Mingfu; Li, Yishan

    2016-02-01

    To monitor biofilm growth on polydimethylsiloxane in a photobioreactor effectively, the biofilm cells and liquids were separated and measured using a sensor with two U-shaped, double-tapered, fiber-optic probes (Sen. and Ref. probes). The probes' Au-coated hemispherical tips enabled double-pass evanescent field absorption. The Sen. probe sensed the cells and liquids inside the biofilm. The polyimide-silica hybrid-film-coated Ref. probe separated the liquids from the biofilm cells and analyzed the liquid concentration. The biofilm structure and active biomass were also examined to confirm the effectiveness of the measurement using a simulation model. The sensor was found to effectively respond to the biofilm growth in the adsorption through exponential phases at thicknesses of 0-536 μm. PMID:26977344

  7. Simultaneous strain and temperature sensing using a slightly tapered optical fiber with an inner cavity.

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    Chen, H F; Wang, D N; Wang, Y

    2015-03-21

    An ultracompact optical fiber mode interferometer capable of performing simultaneous strain and temperature sensing is demonstrated. The device is fabricated by using femtosecond laser micromachining together with fusion splicing techniques and followed by a tapering process. The transmission spectrum of the device exhibits a number of resonance wavelength dips, corresponding to different orders of cladding mode, which allow simultaneous strain and temperature sensing by monitoring the variation of selected two wavelength dips. The sensitivity achieved is -16.12 pm με(-1) and 85.95 pm °C(-1) for strain and temperature, respectively. The device has a spatially precise sensing capability owing to the small size of the inner air-cavity. PMID:25631366

  8. Size stabilization of surface-supported liquid aerosols using tapered optical fiber coupling.

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    Karadag, Yasin; Jonáš, Alexandr; Kucukkara, Ibrahim; Kiraz, Alper

    2013-03-01

    We demonstrate long-term size stabilization of surface-supported liquid aerosols of salt-water. Single tapered optical fibers were used to couple the light from independent heating and probe lasers into individual microdroplets that were kept on a superhydrophobic surface in a high-humidity chamber. Size stabilization of microdroplets resulted from competition between resonant absorption of the infrared heating laser by a microdroplet whispering gallery mode and water condensation in the sample chamber. Microdroplet size was continuously monitored using the tunable red probe laser. Thanks to the narrow linewidth of the heating laser, stabilization of the 110 μm radius of a microdroplet with a precision down to 0.54 nm was achieved for a period of 410 s. PMID:23455301

  9. U-shaped, double-tapered, fiber-optic sensor for effective biofilm growth monitoring

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    Zhong, Nianbing; Zhao, Mingfu; Li, Yishan

    2016-01-01

    To monitor biofilm growth on polydimethylsiloxane in a photobioreactor effectively, the biofilm cells and liquids were separated and measured using a sensor with two U-shaped, double-tapered, fiber-optic probes (Sen. and Ref. probes). The probes’ Au-coated hemispherical tips enabled double-pass evanescent field absorption. The Sen. probe sensed the cells and liquids inside the biofilm. The polyimide–silica hybrid-film-coated Ref. probe separated the liquids from the biofilm cells and analyzed the liquid concentration. The biofilm structure and active biomass were also examined to confirm the effectiveness of the measurement using a simulation model. The sensor was found to effectively respond to the biofilm growth in the adsorption through exponential phases at thicknesses of 0–536 μm. PMID:26977344

  10. SPR based cone tapered fiber optic chemical sensor for the detection of low water in ethanol

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    Pathak, A. K.; Bhardwaj, V.; Gangwar, R. K.; Singh, V. K.

    2016-05-01

    In this paper a cone tapered surface plasmon resonance (SPR) based chemical fiber sensor is fabricated and demonstrated for the detection of low water content in ethanol. Here the 11nm thickness of Aluminum (Al) is used to coat tip of probe to generate Plasmon wave. The output power has been found to increase linearly with water content in the range 1-10% due to the increase in refractive index (RI) of ethanolabove which, as the percentage of water increases in step of 20% it shows abrupt decrease in RI hence decrease in the output power. The compact size of sensor and its low cost fabrication makes it useful for many applications in the field of chemical and biochemical sensing.

  11. Nonadiabatic tapered optical fiber sensor for measuring interaction nicotine with DNA

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    Zibaii, M. I.; Latifi, H.; Pourbeyram, H.; Gholami, M.; Taghipour, Z.; Saeedian, Z.; Hosseini, S. M.

    2011-05-01

    A nonadiabatic tapered optical fiber sensor was utilized for studying of bimolecular interactions including DNA-DNA and DNA-Drug interaction. This work presents a simple evanescent wave sensing system based on an interferometric approach, suitable to meet the requirements of lable-free sensor systems for detecting biomolecular interactions. We have demonstrated the measuring refractive index and the real time detection of interactions between biomolecules. Furthermore basic experiments were carried out, for detecting the hybridization of 25-mer DNA with an immobilized counterpart on the surface. The overall shift after the successful DNA hybridization was 9.5 nm. In this work, a new approach for studying DNA-drug interactions was successfully tested. Nicotine as a carcinogenic compound in cigarette smoke plays an important role in interaction with DNA. Different concentrations of nicotine were applied to observe the Longmuir interaction with DNA.

  12. Self referenced Yb-fiber-laser frequency comb using a dispersion micromanaged tapered holey fiber.

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    Pal, Parama; Knox, Wayne H; Hartl, Ingmar; Fermann, Martin E

    2007-09-17

    We demonstrate a fully stabilized frequency comb in the 1mum spectral region based on an Yb-fiber oscillator and a cladding pumped chirped pulse Yb-fiber amplifier whose output is spectrally broadened in a dispersion micromanaged holey fiber. The dispersion micromanaged fiber is used to generate efficient, low noise spectral components at 523nm which are heterodyned with the second harmonic of the amplifier output for standard f-to-2f self-referenced carrier envelope offset frequency detection. For comb stabilization we phase-lock this offset frequency and the oscillator repetition frequency simultaneously to an RF reference by feedback controlling the oscillator pump diode current and the driving voltage of an intracavity piezo-electric fiber stretcher respectively. PMID:19547582

  13. Exact optical self-similar solutions in a tapered graded-index nonlinear-fiber amplifier with an external source

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    He, Jun-Rong; Yi, Lin

    2014-06-01

    We study the propagations of optical self-similar solutions in a tapered graded-index nonlinear-fiber amplifier with an external source through asymmetric twin-core fiber amplifiers. Various types of exact self-similar solutions, including the W-shaped and U-shaped solutions, trigonometric function solutions, and periodic wave solutions are found. The results show that these different types of self-similar optical structures can be generated and effectively controlled by modulating the amplitude of the source. The influences of nonlinear tunneling effects on the propagation of optical pulses are investigated as well. The obtained results may have potential applications in a tapered graded-index nonlinear-fiber amplifier with an external source.

  14. A 160 W single-frequency laser based on an active tapered double-clad fiber amplifier

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    Trikshev, A. I.; Kurkov, A. S.; Tsvetkov, V. B.; Filatova, S. A.; Kertulla, J.; Filippov, V.; Chamorovskiy, Yu K.; Okhotnikov, O. G.

    2013-06-01

    We present a CW single-frequency laser at 1062 nm (linewidth <3 MHz) with 160 W of total output power based on a two stage fiber amplifier. A GTWave fiber is used for the first stage of the amplifier. A tapered double-clad fiber (T-DCF) is used for the second stage of the amplifier. The high output power is achieved due to the amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) filtering and increased stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) threshold inherent to the axially non-uniform geometry.

  15. Ethanol extraction of phytosterols from corn fiber

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    Abbas, Charles; Beery, Kyle E.; Binder, Thomas P.; Rammelsberg, Anne M.

    2010-11-16

    The present invention provides a process for extracting sterols from a high solids, thermochemically hydrolyzed corn fiber using ethanol as the extractant. The process includes obtaining a corn fiber slurry having a moisture content from about 20 weight percent to about 50 weight percent solids (high solids content), thermochemically processing the corn fiber slurry having high solids content of 20 to 50% to produce a hydrolyzed corn fiber slurry, dewatering the hydrolyzed corn fiber slurry to achieve a residual corn fiber having a moisture content from about 30 to 80 weight percent solids, washing the residual corn fiber, dewatering the washed, hydrolyzed corn fiber slurry to achieve a residual corn fiber having a moisture content from about 30 to 80 weight percent solids, and extracting the residual corn fiber with ethanol and separating at least one sterol.

  16. Simultaneous measurement of temperature and strain using a long-period fiber grating with a micro-taper

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    Geng, Tao; Li, Jian; Yang, Wenlei; An, Maowei; Zeng, Hongyi; Yang, Fan; Cui, Zhengji; Yuan, Libo

    2016-08-01

    An all-fiber Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) consisting of a long-period fiber grating with a micro-taper is proposed for simultaneous measurement of temperature and strain. The experimental results demonstrate that the temperature and strain sensitivities of the proposed MZI are 83 pm/°C and -2.6 pm/μɛ, respectively. The strain sensitivity is 20 times as high as that of a long-period fiber written by CO2 laser pulses combined with a fiber bitaper. In addition, the interferometer requires only a common single-mode fiber, and it is easy to fabricate and is inexpensive for temperature and strain sensing applications.

  17. Simultaneous measurement of temperature and strain using a long-period fiber grating with a micro-taper

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    Geng, Tao; Li, Jian; Yang, Wenlei; An, Maowei; Zeng, Hongyi; Yang, Fan; Cui, Zhengji; Yuan, Libo

    2016-06-01

    An all-fiber Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) consisting of a long-period fiber grating with a micro-taper is proposed for simultaneous measurement of temperature and strain. The experimental results demonstrate that the temperature and strain sensitivities of the proposed MZI are 83 pm/°C and -2.6 pm/μɛ, respectively. The strain sensitivity is 20 times as high as that of a long-period fiber written by CO2 laser pulses combined with a fiber bitaper. In addition, the interferometer requires only a common single-mode fiber, and it is easy to fabricate and is inexpensive for temperature and strain sensing applications.

  18. The measurement of sucrose concentration by two-tapered all-fiber Mach-Zehnder interferometer employing different coupling structures and manufacture processes

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    Zhu, Yu-Sheng; Wang, Hsin-Wen; Hsu, Yi-Cheng

    2016-08-01

    The sucrose concentration measurement and characteristics of light coupling taper structure on sensitivity with various fabrication processes of taper structure for all-fiber Mach-Zehnder interferometer (AFMZI) are presented. Using fusion splicer with electrical discharge, the standard single-mode fiber is employed to be fabricated as conical coupling/decoupling taper structure. The basic two fabrication processes are designed as single fusion-stretching (SFS), multiple fusions without stretching (MF). The third advanced process is composed of SFS and multiple fusions without stretching processes, and called multiple fusions with single stretching (MFSS). Various types of coupling/decoupling taper structures were fabricated based on the three kinds of fabrication processes. The effects of geometry shape including taper waist, taper angle, and sensing length on sensing sensitivity of AFMZIs are estimated. The modifications of fiber core and cladding induced by thermal effect affect the refractive index distributions and shapes of taper structure. The effects of refractive index changes of fiber core and cladding on sensing sensitivity are also discussed. The AFMZI was tested by measuring aqueous sucrose solution of refractive index unit (RIU) from 1.333 to 1.420 RIU. The optical spectrums are measured by a spectrometer. The spectrum dip shifts and sensing sensitivity was measured and calculated, respectively. As shown in results, sensing sensitivities of AFMZIs of taper structure fabricated by MFSS and multiple fusions without stretching processing are generally higher than SFS. The reasons could be aimed on materials modification through thermal effect on blurring fiber core-cladding interface and proper taper angle of taper structure. The more homogeneous refractive index distribution on fiber core-cladding interface, the more detecting light power decoupled through core-cladding interface to interact with exterior environment and enhance the sensing sensitivity

  19. The measurement of sucrose concentration by two-tapered all-fiber Mach-Zehnder interferometer employing different coupling structures and manufacture processes

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    Zhu, Yu-Sheng; Wang, Hsin-Wen; Hsu, Yi-Cheng

    2016-07-01

    The sucrose concentration measurement and characteristics of light coupling taper structure on sensitivity with various fabrication processes of taper structure for all-fiber Mach-Zehnder interferometer (AFMZI) are presented. Using fusion splicer with electrical discharge, the standard single-mode fiber is employed to be fabricated as conical coupling/decoupling taper structure. The basic two fabrication processes are designed as single fusion-stretching (SFS), multiple fusions without stretching (MF). The third advanced process is composed of SFS and multiple fusions without stretching processes, and called multiple fusions with single stretching (MFSS). Various types of coupling/decoupling taper structures were fabricated based on the three kinds of fabrication processes. The effects of geometry shape including taper waist, taper angle, and sensing length on sensing sensitivity of AFMZIs are estimated. The modifications of fiber core and cladding induced by thermal effect affect the refractive index distributions and shapes of taper structure. The effects of refractive index changes of fiber core and cladding on sensing sensitivity are also discussed. The AFMZI was tested by measuring aqueous sucrose solution of refractive index unit (RIU) from 1.333 to 1.420 RIU. The optical spectrums are measured by a spectrometer. The spectrum dip shifts and sensing sensitivity was measured and calculated, respectively. As shown in results, sensing sensitivities of AFMZIs of taper structure fabricated by MFSS and multiple fusions without stretching processing are generally higher than SFS. The reasons could be aimed on materials modification through thermal effect on blurring fiber core-cladding interface and proper taper angle of taper structure. The more homogeneous refractive index distribution on fiber core-cladding interface, the more detecting light power decoupled through core-cladding interface to interact with exterior environment and enhance the sensing sensitivity

  20. Coupling of a laser diode to single-mode fiber with an upside-down tapered lens end.

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    Mondal, S K; Sarkar, S

    1999-10-20

    We present in detail a simple analysis of the coupling efficiency and possible transverse and angular misalignment losses of a laser diode to single-mode, step-index fiber excitation with an upside-down tapered lens (UDTL) end, drawn by molding the end of a step-index fiber. The analysis employs our recently formulated ABCD matrix for an UDTL and has the advantage of simplicity compared with complicated methods involving cumbersome numerical integrations. Both the analysis and the results should be useful in designing coupling optics that use such lenses in the context of probable misalignments. PMID:18324151

  1. Acrylic and metal based Y-branch plastic optical fiber splitter with optical NOA63 polymer waveguide taper region

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    Ehsan, Abang Annuar; Shaari, Sahbudin; Rahman, Mohd Kamil Abd.

    2011-01-01

    We proposed a simple low-cost acrylic and metal-based Y-branch plastic optical fiber (POF) splitter which utilizes a low cost optical polymer glue NOA63 as the main waveguiding medium at the waveguide taper region. The device is composed of three sections: an input POF waveguide, a middle waveguide taper region and output POF waveguides. A desktop high speed CNC engraver is utilized to produce the mold inserts used for the optical devices. Short POF fibers are inserted into the engraved slots at the input and output ports. UV curable optical polymer glue NOA63 is injected into the waveguide taper region and cured. The assembling is completed when the top plate is positioned to enclose the device structure and connecting screws are secured. Both POF splitters have an average insertion loss of 7.8 dB, coupling ratio of 55: 45 and 57: 43 for the acrylic and metal-based splitters respectively. The devices have excess loss of 4.82 and 4.73 dB for the acrylic and metal-based splitters respectively.

  2. Coupling of a high-power tapered diode laser beam into a single-mode-fiber within a compact module

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    Jedrzejczyk, D.; Sahm, A.; Carstens, C.; Urban, G.; Pulka, M.; Eppich, B.; Scholz, F.; Paschke, K.

    2015-03-01

    In this work, coupling of radiation generated by a distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) tapered diode laser around 1064 nm into a single-mode-fiber (SMF) within a butterfly module with a footprint < 10 cm2 is demonstrated. The module comprises temperature stabilizing components, a brightness maintaining micro optical assembly mounted with submicrometer precision and a standard FC/APC output connector. The aim of the introduced concept is to improve the beam quality and to eliminate the current dependent beam astigmatism, characteristic for tapered diode lasers and amplifiers, and, thus, provide an efficient, multi-Watt laser light source characterized by a narrow-band spectrum and a stigmatic, nearly Gaussian laser beam independent of the operating point. A maximum power ex SMF of 2.5 W at a coupling efficiency of 57 % is reached in the presented butterfly module.

  3. Design of mid-infrared amplifiers based on fiber taper coupling to erbium-doped microspherical resonator.

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    Mescia, Luciano; Bia, Pietro; De Sario, Marco; Di Tommaso, Annalisa; Prudenzano, Francesco

    2012-03-26

    A dedicated 3D numerical model based on coupled mode theory and solving the rate equations has been developed to analyse, design and optimize an optical amplifier obtained by using a tapered fiber and a Er³⁺-doped chalcogenide microsphere. The simulation model takes into account the main transitions among the erbium energy levels, the amplified spontaneous emission and the most important secondary transitions pertaining to the ion-ion interactions. The taper angle of the optical fiber and the fiber-microsphere gap have been designed to efficiently inject into the microsphere both the pump and the signal beams and to improve their spatial overlapping with the rare earth doped region. In order to reduce the computational time, a detailed investigation of the amplifier performance has been carried out by changing the number of sectors in which the doped area is partitioned. The simulation results highlight that this scheme could be useful to develop high efficiency and compact mid-infrared amplifiers. PMID:22453441

  4. Suppression and splitting of modulational instability sidebands in periodically tapered optical fibers because of fourth-order dispersion.

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    Armaroli, Andrea; Biancalana, Fabio

    2014-08-15

    We study the modulational instability induced by periodic variations of group-velocity dispersion in the proximity of the zero dispersion point. Multiple instability peaks originating from parametric resonance coexist with the conventional modulation instability because of fourth-order dispersion, which in turn is suppressed by the oscillations of dispersion. Moreover, isolated unstable regions appear in the space of parameters because of imperfect phase matching. This confirms the dramatic effect of periodic tapering in the control and shaping of MI sidebands in optical fibers. PMID:25121879

  5. The influence of temperature to a refractive index sensor based on a macro-bending tapered plastic optical fiber

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    Teng, Chuan-xin; Yu, Fang-da; Jing, Ning; Zheng, Jie

    2016-09-01

    The temperature influence to a refractive index (RI) sensor based on a macro-bending tapered plastic optical fiber (POF) was investigated experimentally. The total temperature dependence loss (TDLtotal) and total temperature dependence RI deviation (TDRtotal) were measured at different temperature (10-60 °C) over an RI range of 1.33-1.41. The temperature dependence RI deviation of the sensor itself was obtained by subtracting the temperature dependence RI of measured liquid from TDRtotal. Therefore, the influence of temperature variation to the sensor was characterized and corrected.

  6. Polypyrrole hollow fiber for solid phase extraction.

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    Tian, Tian; Deng, Jianjun; Xie, Zhuoying; Zhao, Yuanjin; Feng, Zhangqi; Kang, Xuejun; Gu, Zhongze

    2012-04-21

    We have developed a solid-phase extraction method based on conductive polypyrrole (PPy) hollow fibers which were fabricated by electrospinning and in situ polymerization. The electrospun poly (e-caprolactone) (PCL) fibers were employed as templates for the in situ surface polymerization of PPy under mechanical stirring or ultrasonication to obtain burr-shaped or smooth fiber shells, respectively. Hollow PPy fibers, achieved by removing the PCL templates, were the ideal sorbents for solid phase extraction of polar compounds due to their inherent multi-functionalities. By using the hollow PPy fibers, two important neuroendocrine markers of behavioural disorders, 5-hydroxyindole-3-acetic acid and homovanillic acid, were successfully extracted. Under the optimized conditions, the absolute recoveries of the above two neuroendocrine markers were 90.7% and 92.4%, respectively, in human plasma. Due to its simplicity, selectivity and sensitivity, the method may be applied to quantitatively analyse the concentrations of polar species in complex matrix samples. PMID:22398754

  7. A switchable and stable single-longitudinal-mode, dual-wavelength erbium-doped fiber laser assisted by Rayleigh backscattering in tapered fiber

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    Gu, Jian; Yang, Yanfu Zhang, Jianyu; Wang, Xiaorui; Yuan, Yijun; Yao, Yong; Liu, Meng

    2015-09-14

    We have proposed and demonstrated a novel switchable single-longitudinal-mode (SLM), dual-wavelength erbium-doped fiber laser (DWEDFL) assisted by Rayleigh backscattering (RBS) in a tapered fiber in a ring laser configuration. The RBS feedback in a tapered fiber is a key mechanism as linewidth narrowing for laser output. A compound laser cavity ensured that the EDFL operated in the SLM state and a saturable absorber (SA) is employed to form a gain grating for both filtering and improving wavelength stability. The fiber laser can output dual wavelengths simultaneously or operate at single wavelength in a switchable manner. Experiment results show that with the proper SA, the peak power drift was improved from 1–2 dB to 0.31 dB and the optical signal to noise ratio was higher than 60 dB. Under the assistance of RBS feedback, the laser linewidths are compressed by around three times and the Lorentzian 3 dB linewidths of 445 Hz and 425 Hz are obtained at 1550 nm and 1554 nm, respectively.

  8. High-sensitivity DNA biosensor based on optical fiber taper interferometer coated with conjugated polymer tentacle.

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    Huang, Yunyun; Tian, Zhuang; Sun, Li-Peng; Sun, Dandan; Li, Jie; Ran, Yang; Guan, Bai-Ou

    2015-10-19

    A sensitive bio-probe to in situ detect unlabeled single-stranded DNA targets based on optical microfiber taper interferometer coated by a high ordered pore arrays conjugated polymer has been presented. The polymer coating serves as tentacles to catch single-stranded DNA molecules by π-π conjugated interaction and varies the surface refractive index of the optical microfiber. The microfiber taper interferometer translates the refractive index information into wavelength shift of the interference fringe. The sensor exhibits DNA concentration sensitivity of 2.393 nm/log M and the lowest detection ability of 10(-10) M or even lower. PMID:26480357

  9. Method for improving the spectral flatness of the supercontinuum at 1.55 μm in tapered microstructured optical fibers

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    Vukovic, N.; Broderick, N. G. R.

    2010-10-01

    We propose a method for enhancing the flatness of a supercontinuum centered at 1.55 μm by the use of specially designed tapered microstructured optical fibers (MOFs). Based on the procedure presented one can determine the linear taper profile parameters and the optimum launching conditions needed to achieve the broadest supercontinuum spectra (SC) and the best spectra flatness. We quantify the maximally broad and flat SC using the calculated standard deviation of the spectra at the required wavelength range and show that it is possible to obtain significantly better results than those obtained by using an untapered fiber.

  10. Pulse-preserving broadband visible supercontinuum generation in all-normal dispersion tapered suspended-core optical fibers.

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    Hartung, Alexander; Heidt, Alexander M; Bartelt, Hartmut

    2011-06-20

    Recently, coherent pulse-preserving and octave-spanning supercontinuum (SC) generation was theoretically predicted and experimentally shown in photonic crystal fibers (PCFs) with all-normal dispersion behavior. Since this behavior is due only to the all-normal dispersion profile and not to the photonic crystal cladding, other all-normal optical waveguides exhibit these properties as well. We extend this concept to suspended-core fibers and optical nanofibers and show experimental demonstrations of this way of SC generation. We show that optical suspended-core fibers and optical nanofibers of appropriate dimensions exhibit all-normal dispersion and address octave-spanning single pulse SC generation in the visible (VIS) and ultra violet (UV) wavelength range. In addition, we discuss the feasibility of fiber taper transitions for suitable input coupling schemes in sub-micron diameter fibers and show the importance of short adiabatic transition profiles for utilizing high-energy pulses to obtain maximum spectral broadening. They are essential for coherent broadband UV SC generation in optical nanofibers. PMID:21716464

  11. Performance of large aperture tapered fiber phase conjugate mirror with high pulse energy and 1-kHz repetition rate.

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    Zhao, Zhigang; Dong, Yantao; Pan, Sunqiang; Liu, Chong; Chen, Jun; Tong, Lixin; Gao, Qingsong; Tang, Chun

    2012-01-16

    A large aperture fused silica tapered fiber phase conjugate mirror is presented with a maximum 70% stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) reflectivity, which is obtained with 1 kHz repetition rate, 15 ns pulse width and 38 mJ input pulse energy. To the best of our knowledge, this is the highest SBS reflectivity ever reported by using optical fiber as a phase conjugate mirror for such high pulse repetition rate (1 kHz) and several tens of millijoule (mJ) input pulse energy. The influences of fiber end surface quality and pump pulse widths on SBS reflectivity are investigated experimentally. The results show that finer fiber end surface quality and longer input pulse widths are preferred for obtaining higher SBS reflectivity with higher input pulse energy. Double passing amplification experiments are also performed. 52 mJ pulse energy is achieved at 1 kHz repetition rate, with a reflected SBS pulse width of 1.5 ns and a M(2) factor of 2.3. The corresponding peak power reaches 34.6 MW. Obvious beam quality improvement is observed. PMID:22274534

  12. Experimental observation of mid-infrared higher-order soliton fission in a tapered tellurite microstructured optical fiber

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    Cheng, Tonglei; Xue, Xiaojie; Liu, Lai; Suzuki, Takenobu; Ohishi, Yasutake

    2016-06-01

    The evolution of mid-infrared (MIR) higher-order soliton fission in a tapered tellurite microstructured optical fiber (TMOF) is experimentally investigated. From ∼30 to 80 mW, the redshift of the first fundamental soliton is obvious. From ∼80 to 120 mW, two fundamental solitons are obtained by the fission of higher-order solitons. The redshift of the first fundamental soliton almost stops because the increased pump power is preferentially distributed to the second fundamental soliton. From ∼120 to 180 mW, an obvious redshift of the first fundamental soliton is observed again, and a third fundamental soliton is obtained at ∼180 mW. The evolution of each soliton is determined by the power distribution, which is, to the best of our knowledge, reported for the first time.

  13. Examination of tapered plastic multimode fiber-based sensor performance with silver coating for different concentrations of calcium hypochlorite by soft computing methodologies--a comparative study.

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    Zakaria, Rozalina; Sheng, Ong Yong; Wern, Kam; Shamshirband, Shahaboddin; Wahab, Ainuddin Wahid Abdul; Petković, Dalibor; Saboohi, Hadi

    2014-05-01

    A soft methodology study has been applied on tapered plastic multimode sensors. This study basically used tapered plastic multimode fiber [polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA)] optics as a sensor. The tapered PMMA fiber was fabricated using an etching method involving deionized water and acetone to achieve a waist diameter and length of 0.45 and 10 mm, respectively. In addition, a tapered PMMA probe, which was coated by silver film, was fabricated and demonstrated using a calcium hypochlorite (G70) solution. The working mechanism of such a device is based on the observation increment in the transmission of the sensor that is immersed in solutions at high concentrations. As the concentration was varied from 0 to 6 ppm, the output voltage of the sensor increased linearly. The silver film coating increased the sensitivity of the proposed sensor because of the effective cladding refractive index, which increases with the coating and thus allows more light to be transmitted from the tapered fiber. In this study, the polynomial and radial basis function (RBF) were applied as the kernel function of the support vector regression (SVR) to estimate and predict the output voltage response of the sensors with and without silver film according to experimental tests. Instead of minimizing the observed training error, SVR_poly and SVR_rbf were used in an attempt to minimize the generalization error bound so as to achieve generalized performance. An adaptive neuro-fuzzy interference system (ANFIS) approach was also investigated for comparison. The experimental results showed that improvements in the predictive accuracy and capacity for generalization can be achieved by the SVR_poly approach in comparison to the SVR_rbf methodology. The same testing errors were found for the SVR_poly approach and the ANFIS approach. PMID:24979634

  14. Low-temperature cross-talk magnetic-field sensor based on tapered all-solid waveguide-array fiber and magnetic fluids.

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    Miao, Yinping; Ma, Xixi; Wu, Jixuan; Song, Binbin; Zhang, Hao; Zhang, Kailiang; Liu, Bo; Yao, Jianquan

    2015-08-15

    A compact fiber-optic magnetic-field sensor based on tapered all-solid waveguide-array fiber (WAF) and magnetic fluid (MF) has been proposed and experimentally demonstrated. The tapered all-solid WAF is fabricated by using a fusion splicer, and the sensor is formed by immersing the tapered all-solid WAF into the MF. The transmission spectra have been measured and analyzed under different magnetic-field intensities. Experimental results show that the acquired magnetic-field sensitivity is 44.57 pm/Oe for a linear magnetic-field intensity range from 50 to 200 Oe. All-solid WAF has very similar thermal expansion coefficient for high- and low-refractive-index glasses, so mode profile is not affected by thermal drifts. Also, magnetically induced refractive-index changes into the ferrofluid are of the order of ∼5×10(-2), while the corresponding thermally induced refractive-index changes into the ferrofluid are expected to be lower. The temperature response has also been detected, and the temperature-induced wavelength shift perturbation is less than 0.3 nm from temperature of 26.9°C-44°C. The proposed magnetic-field sensor has such advantages as low temperature sensitivity, simple structure, and ease of fabrication. It also indicates that the magnetic-field sensor based on tapered all-solid WAF and MF is helpful to reduce temperature cross-sensitivity for the measurement of magnetic field. PMID:26274690

  15. {open_quotes}Optical Guiding{close_quotes} limits on extraction efficiencies of single-pass, tapered wiggler amplifiers

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    Fawley, W.M.

    1995-08-01

    Single-pass, tapered wiggler amplifiers have an attractive feature of being able, in theory at least, of extracting a large portion of the electron beam energy into light. In circumstances where an optical FEL wiggler length is significantly longer than the Rayleigh length Z{sub R} corresponding to the electron beam radius, diffraction losses must be controlled via the phenomenon of optical guiding. Since the strength of the guiding depends upon the effective refractive index n exceeding one, and since (n-1) is inversely proportional to the optical electric field, there is a natural limiting mechanism to the on-axis field strength and thus the rate at which energy may be extracted from the electron beam. In particular, the extraction efficiency for a prebunched beam asymptotically grows linearly with z rather than quadratically. We present analytical and numerical simulation results concerning this behavior and discuss its applicability to various FEL designs including oscillator/amplifier-radiator configurations.

  16. Development of combination tapered fiber-optic biosensor dip probe for quantitative estimation of interleukin-6 in serum samples

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    Wang, Chun Wei; Manne, Upender; Reddy, Vishnu B.; Oelschlager, Denise K.; Katkoori, Venkat R.; Grizzle, William E.; Kapoor, Rakesh

    2010-11-01

    A combination tapered fiber-optic biosensor (CTFOB) dip probe for rapid and cost-effective quantification of proteins in serum samples has been developed. This device relies on diode laser excitation and a charged-coupled device spectrometer and functions on a technique of sandwich immunoassay. As a proof of principle, this technique was applied in a quantitative estimation of interleukin IL-6. The probes detected IL-6 at picomolar levels in serum samples obtained from a patient with lupus, an autoimmune disease, and a patient with lymphoma. The estimated concentration of IL-6 in the lupus sample was 5.9 +/- 0.6 pM, and in the lymphoma sample, it was below the detection limit. These concentrations were verified by a procedure involving bead-based xMAP technology. A similar trend in the concentrations was observed. The specificity of the CTFOB dip probes was assessed by analysis with receiver operating characteristics. This analysis suggests that the dip probes can detect 5-pM or higher concentration of IL-6 in these samples with specificities of 100%. The results provide information for guiding further studies in the utilization of these probes to quantify other analytes in body fluids with high specificity and sensitivity.

  17. Ultrathin niobium nanofilms on fiber optical tapers--a new route towards low-loss hybrid plasmonic modes.

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    Wieduwilt, Torsten; Tuniz, Alessandro; Linzen, Sven; Goerke, Sebastian; Dellith, Jan; Hübner, Uwe; Schmidt, Markus A

    2015-01-01

    Due to the ongoing improvement in nanostructuring technology, ultrathin metallic nanofilms have recently gained substantial attention in plasmonics, e.g. as building blocks of metasurfaces. Typically, noble metals such as silver or gold are the materials of choice, due to their excellent optical properties, however they also possess some intrinsic disadvantages. Here, we introduce niobium nanofilms (~10 nm thickness) as an alternate plasmonic platform. We demonstrate functionality by depositing a niobium nanofilm on a plasmonic fiber taper, and observe a dielectric-loaded niobium surface-plasmon excitation for the first time, with a modal attenuation of only 3-4 dB/mm in aqueous environment and a refractive index sensitivity up to 15 μm/RIU if the analyte index exceeds 1.42. We show that the niobium nanofilm possesses bulk optical properties, is continuous, homogenous, and inert against any environmental influence, thus possessing several superior properties compared to noble metal nanofilms. These results demonstrate that ultrathin niobium nanofilms can serve as a new platform for biomedical diagnostics, superconducting photonics, ultrathin metasurfaces or new types of optoelectronic devices. PMID:26593209

  18. Ultrathin niobium nanofilms on fiber optical tapers – a new route towards low-loss hybrid plasmonic modes

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    Wieduwilt, Torsten; Tuniz, Alessandro; Linzen, Sven; Goerke, Sebastian; Dellith, Jan; Hübner, Uwe; Schmidt, Markus A.

    2015-01-01

    Due to the ongoing improvement in nanostructuring technology, ultrathin metallic nanofilms have recently gained substantial attention in plasmonics, e.g. as building blocks of metasurfaces. Typically, noble metals such as silver or gold are the materials of choice, due to their excellent optical properties, however they also possess some intrinsic disadvantages. Here, we introduce niobium nanofilms (~10 nm thickness) as an alternate plasmonic platform. We demonstrate functionality by depositing a niobium nanofilm on a plasmonic fiber taper, and observe a dielectric-loaded niobium surface-plasmon excitation for the first time, with a modal attenuation of only 3–4 dB/mm in aqueous environment and a refractive index sensitivity up to 15 μm/RIU if the analyte index exceeds 1.42. We show that the niobium nanofilm possesses bulk optical properties, is continuous, homogenous, and inert against any environmental influence, thus possessing several superior properties compared to noble metal nanofilms. These results demonstrate that ultrathin niobium nanofilms can serve as a new platform for biomedical diagnostics, superconducting photonics, ultrathin metasurfaces or new types of optoelectronic devices. PMID:26593209

  19. Ultrathin niobium nanofilms on fiber optical tapers - a new route towards low-loss hybrid plasmonic modes

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    Wieduwilt, Torsten; Tuniz, Alessandro; Linzen, Sven; Goerke, Sebastian; Dellith, Jan; Hübner, Uwe; Schmidt, Markus A.

    2015-11-01

    Due to the ongoing improvement in nanostructuring technology, ultrathin metallic nanofilms have recently gained substantial attention in plasmonics, e.g. as building blocks of metasurfaces. Typically, noble metals such as silver or gold are the materials of choice, due to their excellent optical properties, however they also possess some intrinsic disadvantages. Here, we introduce niobium nanofilms (~10 nm thickness) as an alternate plasmonic platform. We demonstrate functionality by depositing a niobium nanofilm on a plasmonic fiber taper, and observe a dielectric-loaded niobium surface-plasmon excitation for the first time, with a modal attenuation of only 3-4 dB/mm in aqueous environment and a refractive index sensitivity up to 15 μm/RIU if the analyte index exceeds 1.42. We show that the niobium nanofilm possesses bulk optical properties, is continuous, homogenous, and inert against any environmental influence, thus possessing several superior properties compared to noble metal nanofilms. These results demonstrate that ultrathin niobium nanofilms can serve as a new platform for biomedical diagnostics, superconducting photonics, ultrathin metasurfaces or new types of optoelectronic devices.

  20. Dual-Tapered 10-µm-Spot-Size Converter with Double Core for Coupling Polarization-Independent Silicon Rib Waveguides to Single-Mode Optical Fibers

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    Tokushima, Masatoshi; Kamei, Akio; Horikawa, Tsuyoshi

    2012-02-01

    A new spot-size converter (SSC) for coupling Si rib waveguides to 10-µm-mode-diameter single mode optical fibers was theoretically and experimentally evaluated. The core of the SSC consisted of a lateral and vertical Si inverse-taper having a rib-to-wire shape and a lateral silica normal-taper with a rib shape. The calculated coupling losses for an optimized structure were 0.65 and 0.66 dB for transverse-electric (TE) and transverse-magnetic (TM) polarizations, respectively. The losses of the fabricated SSCs were 2.7 dB (TE) and 3.0 dB (TM). The measured misalignment tolerance was +/-1.2 µm for an extra-loss increase of 0.25 dB.

  1. Numerical model of tapered fiber Bragg gratings for comprehensive analysis and optimization of their sensing and strain-induced tunable dispersion properties.

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    Osuch, Tomasz; Markowski, Konrad; Jędrzejewski, Kazimierz

    2015-06-10

    A versatile numerical model for spectral transmission/reflection, group delay characteristic analysis, and design of tapered fiber Bragg gratings (TFBGs) is presented. This approach ensures flexibility with defining both distribution of refractive index change of the gratings (including apodization) and shape of the taper profile. Additionally, sensing and tunable dispersion properties of the TFBGs were fully examined, considering strain-induced effects. The presented numerical approach, together with Pareto optimization, were also used to design the best tanh apodization profiles of the TFBG in terms of maximizing its spectral width with simultaneous minimization of the group delay oscillations. Experimental verification of the model confirms its correctness. The combination of model versatility and possibility to define the other objective functions of Pareto optimization creates a universal tool for TFBG analysis and design. PMID:26192856

  2. Heat Extraction of Corn Fiber Hemicellulose

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    Benkő, Zsuzsa; Andersson, Alexandra; Szengyel, Zsolt; Gáspár, Melinda; Réczey, Kati; Stålbrand, Henrik

    Water-soluble hemicellulose was extracted from corn fiber with microwave-assisted heat treatment. The effects of treatment temperature and initial pH of the aqueous extraction media were investigated regarding hemicellulose recovery and molecular mass of the isolated polysaccharides. In treatments carried out at neutral pH (simple water extraction), it has been demonstrated that hemicellulose recovery could be increased by applying higher treatment temperatures. However, the molecular weight of isolated hemicellulose gets significantly lower. For example, 10% of the raw materials' xylan was extracted at 160°C and about 30% recovery was reached at 210°C. However, the molecular mass of the isolated polysaccharide at 210°C (5.82×104) was about half of that measured at 160°C (1.37×105). Reducing the pH with sulfuric acid resulted in shorter polymer chains (1.7×104) and lower hemicellulose yields (2.2%). Application of sodium hydroxide in the treatment showed that, compared with acid, considerably higher yields (11%) with longer polysaccharide chains (1.3×105) could be obtained.

  3. {open_quotes}Optical guiding{close_quotes} limits on extraction efficiencies of single-pass, tapered wiggler amplifiers

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    Fawley, W.M.

    1995-12-31

    Single-pass, tapered wiggler amplifiers have an attractive feature of being able, in theory at least, of extracting a large portion of the electron beam energy into light. In circumstances where an optical FEL`s wiggler length is significantly longer than the Rayleigh length Z{sub R} corresponding to the electron beam radius, diffraction losses must be controlled via the phenomenon of {open_quotes}optical guiding{close_quotes}. Since the strength of the guiding depends upon the effective refractive index {eta}{sub r} exceeding one, and since ({eta}{sub r}-1) is inversely proportional to the optical electric field, there is a natural {open_quotes}limiting{close_quotes} mechanism to the on-axis field strength and thus the rate at which energy may be extracted from the electron beam. In particular, the extraction efficiency for a prebunched beam asymptotically grows linearly with z rather than quadratically. We present analytical and numerical simulation results concerning this behavior and discuss its applicability to various FEL designs including oscillator/amplifier-radiator configurations.

  4. Nanosecond pulse shaping at 780 nm with fiber-based electro-optical modulators and a double-pass tapered amplifier.

    PubMed

    Rogers, C E; Gould, P L

    2016-02-01

    We describe a system for generating frequency-chirped and amplitude-shaped pulses on time scales from sub-nanosecond to ten nanoseconds. The system starts with cw diode-laser light at 780 nm and utilizes fiber-based electro-optical phase and intensity modulators, driven by an arbitrary waveform generator, to generate the shaped pulses. These pulses are subsequently amplified to several hundred mW with a tapered amplifier in a delayed double-pass configuration. Frequency chirps up to 5 GHz in 2 ns and pulse widths as short as 0.15 ns have been realized. PMID:26906832

  5. Nanosecond pulse shaping at 780 nm with fiber-based electro-optical modulators and a double-pass tapered amplifier

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    Rogers, C. E.; Gould, P. L.

    2016-02-01

    We describe a system for generating frequency-chirped and amplitude-shaped pulses on time scales from sub-nanosecond to ten nanoseconds. The system starts with cw diode-laser light at 780 nm and utilizes fiber-based electro-optical phase and intensity modulators, driven by an arbitrary waveform generator, to generate the shaped pulses. These pulses are subsequently amplified to several hundred mW with a tapered amplifier in a delayed double-pass configuration. Frequency chirps up to 5 GHz in 2 ns and pulse widths as short as 0.15 ns have been realized.

  6. Spot-size converter with a SiO(2) spacer layer between tapered Si and SiON waveguides for fiber-to-chip coupling.

    PubMed

    Maegami, Yuriko; Takei, Ryohei; Omoda, Emiko; Amano, Takeru; Okano, Makoto; Mori, Masahiko; Kamei, Toshihiro; Sakakibara, Youichi

    2015-08-10

    We experimentally demonstrate low-loss and polarization-insensitive fiber-to-chip coupling spot-size converters (SSCs) comprised of a three dimensionally tapered Si wire waveguide, a SiON secondary waveguide, and a SiO(2) spacer inserted between them. Fabricated SSCs with the SiO(2) spacer exhibit fiber-to-chip coupling loss of 1.5 dB/facet for both the quasi-TE and TM modes and a small wavelength dependence in the C- and L-band regions. The SiON secondary waveguide is present only around the SSC region, which significantly suppresses the influence of the well-known N-H absorption of plasma-deposited SiON at around 1510 nm. PMID:26367977

  7. Analysis of mechanical preparations in extracted teeth using ProTaper rotary instruments: value of the safety quotient.

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    Blum, J Y; Machtou, P; Ruddle, C; Micallef, J P

    2003-09-01

    The purpose of this study was to apply the Endographe to analyze the vertical forces and torque developed during mechanical preparations in extracted teeth. The data collected in this study may be used to calculate the safety quotient (SQ) as proposed by J.T. McSpadden. The SQ formula is defined as the torque required to break a file at D3 divided by the mean working torque required to cut dentin. The Endographe is a unique force-analyzer device equipped to measure, record, and generate graphs of the vertical forces and torque exerted during root canal preparation. All preparations were performed by endodontists in roots with narrow, more restrictive canals, larger, more open canals, or in roots sectioned in two halves. All canals, including the sectioned canals, were prepared with ProTaper files in accordance with the manufacturer's guidelines for use. For narrow canals, the mean values of the generated vertical forces (g) and torque (g.cm) varied from 80 (+/- 20) g (SX) to 232 (+/- 60) g (F2) and from 80 (+/- 24) g x cm (F1) to 150 (+/- 45) g x cm (S2), respectively. For large canals, the mean values of the generated vertical forces (g) and torque (g x cm) varied from 80 (+/- 20) g (SX) to 340 (+/- 20) g (F1) and from 31 (+/- 9) g x cm (S2) to 96 (+/- 35) g x cm (SX), respectively. The SQ varied from 0.93 to 7.95 for narrow canals and from 1.58 to 14.50 for large canals. The SQ is intended to provide values that can be analyzed to predict whether a rotary file will have a tendency to break or will work safely during clinical use. However, if the formula is going to provide useful information, it must index the "rotation to failure torque" with the "mean working torque" at a specific location along the cutting blades of a file. Additionally, this mathematical formula does not account for factors such as the concentration of forces, the way the instruments are used, or the wear of the instruments. A precise protocol for canal preparation should emphasize using

  8. Evanescent straight tapered-fiber coupling of ultra-high Q optomechanical micro-resonators in a low-vibration helium-4 exchange-gas cryostat

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    Rivière, R.; Arcizet, O.; Schliesser, A.; Kippenberg, T. J.

    2013-04-01

    We developed an apparatus to couple a 50-μm diameter whispering-gallery silica microtoroidal resonator in a helium-4 cryostat using a straight optical tapered-fiber at 1550 nm wavelength. On a top-loading probe specifically adapted for increased mechanical stability, we use a specifically-developed "cryotaper" to optically probe the cavity, allowing thus to record the calibrated mechanical spectrum of the optomechanical system at low temperatures. We then demonstrate excellent thermalization of a 63-MHz mechanical mode of a toroidal resonator down to the cryostat's base temperature of 1.65 K, thereby proving the viability of the cryogenic refrigeration via heat conduction through static low-pressure exchange gas. In the context of optomechanics, we therefore provide a versatile and powerful tool with state-of-the-art performances in optical coupling efficiency, mechanical stability, and cryogenic cooling.

  9. Diode-pumped, ultrafast, multi-octave supercontinuum source at repetition rates between 500 kHz and 20 MHz using Yb:glass lasers and tapered fibers.

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    Teipel, Jörn; Türke, Diana; Giessen, Harald; Killi, Alexander; Morgner, Uwe; Lederer, Max; Kopf, Daniel; Kolesik, Miroslav

    2005-03-01

    We present a compact, all diode-pumped supercontinuum source based on a SESAM mode-locked Yb:glass oscillator at 1040 nm and a tapered fiber. The oscillator has a repetition rate of 20 MHz, a pulse duration of 200 fs, and a maximum pulse energy of about 15 nJ. This system delivers an 1100 nm broad spectrum with an output power of more than 100 mW. Decreasing the repetition rate to 500 kHz by cavity-dumping results in a supercontinuum with a high pulse energy of about 50 nJ. Furthermore, using the frequency-doubled output of this laser at 520 nm with 300 fs pulse duration resulted in supercontinua in the near-UV and visible spectral region. We compare the experimental spectra with theoretical simulations. PMID:19495023

  10. Low-temperature-sensitive relative humidity sensor based on tapered square no-core fiber coated with SiO2 nanoparticles

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    Miao, Yinping; Ma, Xixi; He, Yong; Zhang, Hongmin; Zhang, Hao; Song, Binbin; Liu, Bo; Yao, Jianquan

    2016-05-01

    A low-temperature-sensitive relative humidity (RH) sensor based on multimode interference effects has been proposed. The sensor consists of a section of tapered square no-core fiber (TSNCF) coated with SiO2 nanoparticles which is fabricated by splicing the TSNCF with two single-mode fibers (SMFs). The refractive index of SiO2 nanoparticles changes with the variation of environmental humidity levels. Characteristics of the transmission spectral have been investigated under different humidity levels. The wavelength shifts up to 10.2 nm at 1410 nm and 11.5 nm at 1610 nm for a RH range of 43.6-98.6% have been experimentally achieved, and the corresponding sensitivities reach 456.21 pm/%RH and 584.2 pm/%RH for a RH range of 83-96.6%, respectively. The temperature response of the proposed sensor has also been experimentally investigated. Due to the fact that the sensing head is made of a pure silica rod with a low thermal expansion coefficient and the thermo-optic coefficient, the transmission spectrum shows a low temperature sensitivity of about 6 pm/°C for an environmental temperature of 20.9-80 °C, which is a desirable merit to resolve the temperature cross sensitivity. Therefore, the proposed sensor could be applied to breath analysis applications with low temperature fluctuations.

  11. A pratical deconvolution algorithm in multi-fiber spectra extraction

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    Zhang, Haotong; Li, Guangwei; Bai, Zhongrui

    2015-08-01

    Deconvolution algorithm is a very promising method in multi-fiber spectroscopy data reduction, the method can extract spectra to the photo noise level as well as improve the spectral resolution, but as mentioned in Bolton & Schlegel (2010), it is limited by its huge computation requirement and thus can not be implemented directly in actual data reduction. We develop a practical algorithm to solve the computation problem. The new algorithm can deconvolve a 2D fiber spectral image of any size with actual PSFs, which may vary with positions. We further consider the influence of noise, which is thought to be an intrinsic ill-posed problem in deconvolution algorithms. We modify our method with a Tikhonov regularization item to depress the method induced noise. A series of simulations based on LAMOST data are carried out to test our method under more real situations with poisson noise and extreme cross talk, i.e., the fiber-to-fiber distance is comparable to the FWHM of the fiber profile. Compared with the results of traditional extraction methods, i.e., the Aperture Extraction Method and the Profile Fitting Method, our method shows both higher S/N and spectral resolution. The computaion time for a noise added image with 250 fibers and 4k pixels in wavelength direction, is about 2 hours when the fiber cross talk is not in the extreme case and 3.5 hours for the extreme fiber cross talk. We finally apply our method to real LAMOST data. We find that the 1D spectrum extracted by our method has both higher SNR and resolution than the traditional methods, but there are still some suspicious weak features possibly caused by the noise sensitivity of the method around the strong emission lines. How to further attenuate the noise influence will be the topic of our future work. As we have demonstrated, multi-fiber spectra extracted by our method will have higher resolution and signal to noise ratio thus will provide more accurate information (such as higher radial velocity and

  12. Biconical tapered optical fiber biosensor for measuring refractive index of a-amino acids in aqueous D-glucose and sucrose solution

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    Zibaii, M. I.; Latifi, H.; Karami, M.; Gholami, M.; Hosseini, S. M.; Ghezelayagh, M. H.

    2010-04-01

    A single-mode biconical tapered optical fiber (BTOF) sensor was utilized for sensing the variation of refractive index (RI) with concentration of D-glucose in double distilled deionized water and measuring of RI of amino acids (AAs) in carbohydrate solutions. This method showed a rewarding ability in understanding the basis of biomolecular interactions in biological systems. The BTOF is fabricated by heat pulling method, utilizing a CO2 laser. The detection limit of the BTOF was 50 ppb for the D-glucose concentration ranging from 0 to 80 ppm, and RI detection limit corresponding to these concentrations in the range at 1.3333 to 1.3404 was 5.4×10-6 as a refractometer sensor. The response of the BTOF shows that the different kinds of interactions of various groups of AAs such as L-alanine, L-leucine, and L-cystein with D-glucose, sucrose and water molecules depend on functional groups in AAs such as OH, SH;CH2;NH3+ ,COO-. These results can be interpreted in terms of solute-solute and solute-solvent interactions and structure making/breaking ability of solutes in the given solution.

  13. Ultrafast superconducting single-photon detector with a reduced active area coupled to a tapered lensed single-mode fiber

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    Sidorova, Maria V.; Divochiy, Alexander V.; Vakhtomin, Yury B.; Smirnov, Konstantin V.

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents an ultrafast niobium nitride (NbN) superconducting single-photon detector (SSPD) with an active area of 3×3 μm2 that offers better timing performance metrics than the previous SSPD with an active area of 7×7 μm2. The improved SSPD demonstrates a record timing jitter (<25 ps), an ultrashort recovery time (<2 ns), an extremely low dark count rate, and a high detection efficiency in a wide spectral range from visible part to near infrared. The record parameters were obtained due to the development of a new technique providing effective optical coupling between a detector with a reduced active area and a standard single-mode telecommunication fiber. The advantages of the new approach are experimentally confirmed by taking electro-optical measurements.

  14. Fiber-Optic Taper Coupled with a Large Format Charge-coupled Device X-ray Detector: Fast Readout and High Duty-Cycle Ratio

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    Ito, Kazuki; Fujisawa, Tetsuro; Iwata, Tadahisa

    2007-01-19

    A novel fiber-optic taper (FOT) coupled with a charge-coupled device (CCD) X-ray detector was developed as a basic module of the simultaneous small- and wide-angle X-ray scattering measurement apparatus at SPring-8 BL45XU. The detector consists of two identical units, each comprising a phosphor (CsI:Tl, 80 {mu}m thickness), a 2:1 demagnifying FOT, and an interline transfer-type CCD as an image sensor. The CCD has a 4000 x 2624 pixel format with a 9 {mu}m pitch, resulting in an effective pixel size of 18 {mu}m at the large end of the FOT. The active area size is 72.0 mm x 47.2 mm in each unit. The image stored in the CCD can be readout through the dual readout channels with 12 bits ADC within 220 ms without binning and 65 ms with 8 x 8 binning, respectively. Moreover, this detector is not necessary to stop the incoming X-rays during the CCD readout and can simultaneously execute both exposure and readout on the CCD with a small dead time of {approx}1 {mu}s so that a duty-cycle ratio of almost 100% is achieved. Therefore, it allows the continuous rotation method, where data is collected without stopping the rotation of a sample crystal in macromolecular crystallography. The continuous rotation method was performed with a total data collection time of 12 s for a range of 180 deg. with 1.5 deg. per frame (120 frames). In this paper, the design, performance characteristics, and verification experiment of the detector will be described.

  15. Compression Molding of CFRTP Used with Carbon Fiber Extracted from CFRP Waste

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    Kimura, Teruo; Ino, Haruhiro; Nishida, Yuichi; Aoyama, Naoki; Shibata, Katsuji

    This study investigated a compression molding method of carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastics (CFRTP) made of carbon fiber extracted from CFRP waste. The short carbon fibers were mixed with polyester fibers using a papermaking method to make the preform sheet of compression molding. The waste obtained from a textile water jet loom was used as a matrix material. The setting speed of each fiber during the papermaking process was regulated by using a dispersing agent to obtain the good dispersion of each fiber. Laminated preform sheets combined with polyester fibers and carbon fibers were compressed with heating at 300°C and then the polyester fiber was melted as a matrix material. It was cleared from the experimental results that the mechanical properties of molded CFRTP largely depends on both the fiber dispersion and the content of carbon fiber in the preform.

  16. Pressure variation assisted fiber extraction and development of high performance natural fiber composites and nanocomposites

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    Markevicius, Gediminas

    It is believed, that due to the large surface areas provided by the nano scale materials, various composite properties could be enhanced when such particles are incorporated into a polymer matrix. There is also a trend of utilizing natural resources or reusing and recycling materials that are already available for the fabrication of the new composite materials. Cellulose is the most abundant natural polymer on the planet, and therefore it is not surprising to be of interest for composite fabrication. Basic structures of cellulose, comprised of long polysaccharide chains, are the building blocks of cellulose nano fibers. Nano fibers are further bound into micro fibrils and macro fibers. Theoretically pure cellulose nano fibers have tremendous strengths, and therefore are some of the most sought after nano particles. The fiber extraction however is a complex task. The ultrasound, which creates pressure variation in the medium, was employed to extract nano-size cellulose particles from microcrystalline cellulose (MCC). The length and the intensity of the cavitations were evaluated. Electron microscopy studies revealed that cellulose nanoparticles were successfully obtained from the MCC after ultrasound treatment of just 30 minutes. Structure of the fractionated cellulose was also analyzed with the help of X-ray diffraction, and its thermal properties were evaluated with the help of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Ultrasound treatment performed on the wheat straw, kenaf, and miscanthus particles altered fiber structure as a result of the cavitation. The micro fibers were generated from these materials after they were subjected to NaOH treatment followed by the ultrasound processing. The potential of larger than nano-sized natural fibers to be used for composite fabrication was also explored. The agricultural byproducts, such as wheat or rice straw, as well as other fast growing crops as miscanthus or kenaf, are comprised of three basic polymers. Just like in

  17. Parabolic tapers for overmoded waveguides

    DOEpatents

    Doane, J.L.

    1983-11-25

    A waveguide taper with a parabolic profile, in which the distance along the taper axis varies as the square of the tapered dimension, provides less mode conversion than equal length linear tapers and is easier to fabricate than other non-linear tapers.

  18. Emulsion-liquid-membrane extraction of copper using a hollow-fiber contactor

    SciTech Connect

    Hu, S.Y.B.; Wiencek, J.M.

    1998-03-01

    A novel extraction technique using an emulsion liquid membrane within a hollow-fiber contactor was developed and utilized to extract copper using LIX 84 extractant. Emulsion liquid membranes are capable of extracting metals from dilute waste streams to levels much below those possible by equilibrium-limited solvent extraction. Utilizing an emulsion liquid membrane within a hollow-fiber contactor retains the advantages of emulsion-liquid-membrane extraction, namely, simultaneous extraction and stripping, while eliminating problems encountered in dispersive contacting methods, such as swelling and leakage of the liquid membrane. Mathematical models for extraction in hollow-fiber contactors were developed. The models satisfactorily predict the outcome of both simple solvent extraction and emulsion-liquid-membrane extraction of copper by LIX 84 in a hollow-fiber contactor over a wide range of conditions. Emulsion-liquid-membrane extraction performs exceptionally well when the extraction is close to equilibrium limit. It is also capable of extracting a solute f/rom very dilute solutions. Stability of the liquid membrane is not crucial when used in hollow-fiber contactors; the surfactant in liquid membrane can be reduced or even eliminated without severely impairing the performance.

  19. Tapered structure construction

    DOEpatents

    Smith, Eric D.; Takata, Rosalind K.; Slocum, Alexander H.; Nayfeh, Samir A.

    2016-04-05

    Feeding stock used to form a tapered structure into a curving device such that each point on the stock undergoes rotational motion about a peak location of the tapered structure; and the stock meets a predecessor portion of stock along one or more adjacent edges.

  20. Plasma cholesterol-lowering effect on rats of dietary fiber extracted from immature plants.

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    Nishimura, N; Taniguchi, Y; Kiriyama, S

    2000-12-01

    Crude dietary fiber samples were prepared from beet, cabbage, Japanese radish, onion and mung bean sprouts (BF, CF, RF, OF and MF, respectively). These samples contained total dietary fiber at the levels of 814, 699, 760, 693 and 666 g/kg, respectively. To examine the effect of these dietary fiber sources on the plasma cholesterol concentration, male Sprague-Dawley rats were fed on a fiber-free (FF) diet or on an FF diet supplemented with 5% or 10% dietary fiber. Dietary fiber extracted from vegetables, wood cellulose (CL), pectin (PE) and guar gum (GG) were used as the fiber sources. Compared with the rats fed on the FF diet, a significant reduction in the plasma cholesterol concentration was observed in the rats fed on BF, CF, RF, MF, PE or GG after a 21-d feeding period. Cecal acetate, n-butyrate and total short-chain fatty acids were significantly higher in the rats fed on these dietary fibers, except for CF, than in those fed on the FF diet. A negative correlation was apparent between the total dietary fiber content, hemicellulose content and pectin content of each dietary fiber source and the plasma cholesterol concentration. These results suggest that some vegetable fibers exert a plasma cholesterol-lowering effect through cecal fermentation of these fibers. PMID:11210115

  1. Collection and separation of extract in dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction with hollow fiber.

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    Wang, Kun; Li, Na; Lei, Lei; Yang, Xiao; Wang, Zhibing; Li, Dan; Zang, Shuang; Zhang, Hanqi; Yu, Aimin; Zhang, Ziwei

    2016-05-01

    Dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction combined with collection of the extraction phase with the hollow fiber was applied to the extraction of estrogens from environmental water samples. 1-Undecanol with relatively lower toxicity was used as the extraction solvent. The hollow fiber was used to collect the extraction phase containing the analytes from the aqueous phase. Hollow fibers collecting the extraction phase were eluted with acetonitrile and the resulting eluate was analyzed by high performance liquid chromatography. Several parameters, including pH of sample, the type and volume of the extraction and dispersive solvent, salt concentration, extraction time, and collection time were optimized. Under the optimal experimental conditions, the limits of detection for estriol, 17α-estradiol, and ethynylestradiol were 4.58, 1.41, and 1.41 μg L(-1), respectively. When the present method was applied to the analysis of real water samples, the recoveries of estrogens at two spiked levels were in the range of 55.8-107.4%. In this method, the separation of the extraction phase and aqueous phase becomes easy with no need for centrifugation, refrigeration-thaw, or any special device. The hollow fiber was commercially available and the collection procedure was easy to perform, which make the present method have potential for automation and wide promotion. Small sizes of pores on the walls of the hollow fibers can block large molecules, which makes the present method have the potential for the treatment of complex matrices. PMID:26894762

  2. Deep-blue supercontinnum sources with optimum taper profiles--verification of GAM.

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    Sørensen, S T; Møller, U; Larsen, C; Moselund, P M; Jakobsen, C; Johansen, J; Andersen, T V; Thomsen, C L; Bang, O

    2012-05-01

    We use an asymmetric 2 m draw-tower photonic crystal fiber taper to demonstrate that the taper profile needs careful optimisation if you want to develop a supercontinuum light source with as much power as possible in the blue edge of the spectrum. In particular we show, that for a given taper length, the downtapering should be as long as possible. We argue how this may be explained by the concept of group-acceleration mismatch (GAM) and we confirm the results using conventional symmetrical short tapers made on a taper station, which have varying downtapering lengths. PMID:22565689

  3. Single-mode pumped high air-fill fraction photonic crystal fiber taper for high-power deep-blue supercontinuum sources.

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    Sørensen, Simon T; Larsen, Casper; Jakobsen, Christian; Thomsen, Carsten L; Bang, Ole

    2014-02-15

    Dispersion control with axially nonuniform photonic crystal fibers (PCFs) permits supercontinuum (SC) generation into the deep-blue from an ytterbium pump laser. In this Letter, we exploit the full degrees of freedom afforded by PCFs to fabricate a fiber with longitudinally increasing air-fill fraction and decreasing diameter directly on the draw-tower. We demonstrate SC generation extending down to 375 nm in one such monolithic fiber device that is single-mode at 1064 nm at the input end. PMID:24562287

  4. How long wavelengths can one extract from silica-core fibers?

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    Lægsgaard, Jesper; Tu, Haohua

    2014-01-01

    The generation of wavelengths above 3 μm by nonlinear processes in short silica photonic crystal fibers is investigated numerically. It was found that wavelengths in the 3–3.5 μm range may be generated quite efficiently in centimeter-long fiber pieces when pumping with femtosecond pulses in the 1.55–2 μm range. Wavelengths in the range of 3.5–4 μm can in principle be generated, but these require shorter fiber lengths for efficient extraction. The results indicate that useful 3 μm sources may be fabricated with existing silica-based fiber technology. PMID:24177134

  5. Analysis of Dyes Extracted from Millimeter-Size Nylon Fibers by Micellar Electrokinetic Chromatography

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    Lewis, L.A.

    2001-07-30

    The Learning Objective is to present to the forensic community a potential qualitative/quantitative method for trace-fiber color comparisons using micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC). Developing a means of analyzing extracted dye constituents from millimeter-size nylon fiber samples was the objective of this research initiative. Aside from ascertaining fiber type, color evaluation and source comparison of trace-fiber evidence plays a critical role in forensic-fiber examinations. Literally thousands of dyes exist to date, including both natural and synthetic compounds. Typically a three-color-dye combination is employed to affect a given color on fiber material. The result of this practice leads to a significant number of potential dye combinations capable of producing a similar color and shade. Since a typical forensic fiber sample is 2 mm or less in length, an ideal forensic dye analysis would qualitatively and quantitatively identify the extracted dye constituents from a sample size of 1 mm or smaller. The goal of this research was to develop an analytical method for comparing individual dye constituents from trace-fiber evidence with dyes extracted from a suspected source, while preserving as much of the original evidence as possible.

  6. Fabrication of polymer waveguide tapers to minimize insertion loss

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    Yacoubian, Araz; Lin, Weiping; Bechtel, James H.

    2001-12-01

    Polymer based electro-optic (EO) modulators and other integrated optic devices have the potential to provide low cost and lightweight alternative for high-speed digital as well as analog RF links. To be truly competitive with existing technologies such as LiNbO3, EO polymer modulators must also meet the criteria of low loss. There are two major causes of loss in EO modulators: waveguide loss (including material loss, scattering, etc.), and fiber- to-waveguide coupling (butting) loss. Various techniques can be utilized to minimize these coupling losses, however, to maintain low cost of component, we resort to the simplest possible approach which is easy to manufacture. Pigtails using standard single mode fiber produce coupling loss on the order of 3 to 5 dB/connection. In order to improve mode size matching yet maintain low drive voltage we incorporate waveguide and fibers tapers. Waveguide tapers resulted to butting losses as low as 1.5 dB/connection, whereas fiber tapers resulted to 2.5 dB/connection butting losses. Combining both techniques together, it was possible to produce 1.3 dB/connection butting loss, however, tapered waveguide devices were less sensitive to alignment tolerance than tapered fiber devices, and therefore less sensitive to environmental conditions.

  7. Tapered, tubular polyester fabric

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    Lapointe, Donat J. E. (Inventor); Wright, Lawrence T. (Inventor); Vincent, Laurence J. (Inventor)

    1987-01-01

    A tapered tubular polyester sleeve is described to serve as the flexible foundation for a spacesuit limb covering. The tube has a large end and a small end with a length to be determined. The ratio of taper is also determined by scale factors. All the warp yarns extend to the large end. A requisite number of warp yarns extend the full length of the sleeve. Other warp yarns extend from the large end but are terminated along the length of the sleeve. It is then woven with a filling yarn which extends in a full circle along the full length of the sleeve to thereby define the tapered sleeve. The sleeve after fabrication is then placed on a mandrel, heated in an oven, and then attached to the arm or other limb of the spacesuit.

  8. Tapered, tubular polyester fabric

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    LaPointe, Donat J. E. (Inventor); Vincent, Laurence J. (Inventor); Wright, Lawrence T. (Inventor)

    1988-01-01

    A tapered tubular polyester sleeve as set forth. It has a large end 12 and a small end 14 with a length to be determined. The ratio of taper is also determined by scale factors. All the warp yarns extend to the large end 12. A requisite number of warp yarns 16 extend the full length of the sleeve. Other warp yarns exemplified at 18, 22, 26, 28, 30 and 32 extend from the large end but are terminated along the length of the sleeve. It is then woven with a filling yarn 40 which extends in a full circle along the full length of the sleeve to thereby define the tapered sleeve. The sleeve after fabrication is then placed on a mandrel 42, heated in an oven 44 and is thereafter placed on the arm or other limb of a space suit exemplified at 50.

  9. Effect of Dietary Fiber Extracted from Algelica keiskei Koidz on the Quality Characteristics of Chicken Patties

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    Choi, Yun-Sang; Kim, Hyun-Wook; Kim, Young-Boong; Jeon, Ki-Hong

    2015-01-01

    In this study, we evaluated the effects of dietary fiber extracted from Algelica keiskei Koidz on the chemical composition, cooking characteristics, and sensory properties of chicken patties. The chicken patties with Algelica keiskei Koidz dietary fiber had significantly higher moisture and ash content, and yellowness than the control sample (p<0.05). Energy value, cooking loss, reduction in diameter, reduction in thickness, lightness, redness, hardness, cohesiveness, gumminess, and chewiness of the control samples was significantly higher than chicken patties with Algelica keiskei Koidz dietary fiber (p<0.05). The sensory evaluation indicated that the greatest overall acceptability in chicken patties was achieved at Algelica keiskei Koidz dietary fiber levels of 1% and 2%. Chicken patties supplemented with 2% Algelica keiskei Koidz dietary fiber had improved quality characteristics. PMID:26761844

  10. Superelasticity of Cu-Ni-Al shape-memory fibers prepared by melt extraction technique

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    Li, Dong-yue; Zhang, Shu-ling; Liao, Wei-bing; Geng, Gui-hong; Zhang, Yong

    2016-08-01

    In the paper, a melt extraction method was used to fabricate Cu-4Ni-14Al (wt%) fiber materials with diameters between 50 and 200 μm. The fibers exhibited superelasticity and temperature-induced martensitic transformation. The microstructures and superelasticity behavior of the fibers were studied via scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and a dynamic mechanical analyzer (DMA), respectively. Appropriate heat treatment further improves the plasticity of Cu-based alloys. The serration behavior observed during the loading process is due to the multiple martensite phase transformation.

  11. Compound taper milling machine

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    Campbell, N. R.

    1969-01-01

    Simple, inexpensive milling machine tapers panels from a common apex to a uniform height at panel edge regardless of the panel perimeter configuration. The machine consists of an adjustable angled beam upon which the milling tool moves back and forth above a rotatable table upon which the workpiece is held.

  12. Modelling the spindle-holder taper joint in machine tools: A tapered zero-thickness finite element method

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    Xiao, Weiwei; Mao, Kuanmin; Zhu, Ming; Li, Bin; Lei, Sheng; Pan, Xiaoyan

    2014-10-01

    This study presents a tapered zero-thickness finite element model together with its parameter identification method for modelling the spindle-holder taper joint in machine tools. In the presented model, the spindle and the holder are modelled as solid elements and the taper joint is modelled as a tapered zero-thickness finite element with stiffness and damping but without mass or thickness. The proposed model considers not only the coupling of adjacent degrees of freedom but also the radial, tangential and axial effects of the spindle-holder taper joint. Based on the inverse relationship between the dynamic matrix and frequency response function matrix of a multi-degree-of-freedom system, this study proposes a combined analytical-experimental method to identify the stiffness matrix and damping coefficient of the proposed tapered zero-thickness finite element. The method extracts those parameters from FRFs of an entire specimen that contains only the spindle-holder taper joint. The simulated FRF obtained from the proposed model matches the experimental FRF quite well, which indicates that the presented method provides high accuracy and is easy to implement in modelling the spindle-holder taper joint.

  13. Ultrafast superconducting single-photon detector with reduced-size active area coupled to a tapered lensed single-mode fiber

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    Sidorova, Maria V.; Divochiy, Alexander; Vachtomin, Yury B.; Smirnov, Konstantin V.

    2015-05-01

    We present an ultrafast NbN Superconducting single-photon detector (SSPD) with active area of 3x3 μm2, which reveals better timing performances than a previously developed SSPD with active area of 10x10 μm2. The improved SSPD demonstrates the record timing jitter <25 ps, ultra short recovery time <2 ns, extremely low dark counts level, and high detection efficiency (DE) in a wide spectral range from visible to near-infrared. The record parameters were obtained thanks to the development of a new technique of an effective optical coupling between a detector with reduced-size active area and a standard single-mode telecommunication fiber. The advantages of a new approach are experimentally confirmed by performed electro-optical measurements of the device performances.

  14. Comparison between 50 W tapered laser arrays and tapered single emitters

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    Scholz, Christian; Boucke, Konstantin; Poprawe, Reinhart; Keleman, Marc T.; Weber, Jürgen; Mikulla, Michael; Weimann, Günter

    2006-02-01

    During the last few years high power diode laser arrays have become well established for direct material processing due to their high efficiency of more than 50%. But standard broad-area waveguide designs are susceptible to modal instabilities and filamentations resulting in low beam qualities. The beam quality increases by more than a factor of four by using tapered laser arrays, but so far they suffer from lower efficiencies. Therefore tapered lasers are mainly used today as single emitters in external resonator configurations. With increased output power and lifetime, they will be much more attractive for material processing and for pumping of fiber amplifiers. High efficiency tapered mini bars emitting at a wavelength of 980 nm are developed, and in order to qualify the bars, the characteristics of single emitters and mini bars from the same wafer have been compared. The mini bars have a width of 6 mm with 12 emitters. The ridge waveguide tapered lasers consist of a 500 μm long ridge and a 2000 μm long tapered section. The results show very similar behavior of the electro-optical characteristics and the beam quality for single emitters and bars. Due to different junction temperatures, different slope efficiencies were measured: 0.8 W/A for passively cooled mini bars and 1.0 W/A for actively cooled mini-bars and single emitters. The threshold current of 0.7 A per emitter is the same for single emitters and emitter arrays. Output powers of more than 50 W in continuous wave mode for a mini bar with standard packaging demonstrates the increased power of tapered laser bars.

  15. Tapered capillary optics

    DOEpatents

    Hirsch, Gregory

    1998-01-01

    A metal or glass wire is etched with great precision into a very narrowly tapering cone which has the shape of the desired final capillary-optics bore. By controlling the rate of removal of the wire from an etchant bath, a carefully controlled taper is produced. A sensor measures the diameter of the wire as it leaves the surface of the etchant. This signal is used for feedback control of the withdrawal speed. The etched wire undergoes a treatment to produce an extremely low surface-roughness. The etched and smoothed wire is coated with the material of choice for optimizing the reflectivity of the radiation being focused. This could be a vacuum evaporation, sputtering, CVD or aqueous chemical process. The coated wire is either electroplated, built up with electroless plating, or encapsulated in a polymer cylinder such as epoxy to increase the diameter of the wire for easier handling and greater robustness. During this process, the wire is vertically oriented and tensioned to assure that the wire is absolutely straight. The coated and electroformed wire is bonded to a flat, rigid substrate and is then periodically segmented by cutting or etching a series of narrow slits or grooves into the wire. The wire is vertically oriented and tensioned during the bonding process to assure that it is straight. The original wire material is then chemically etched away through the slits or otherwise withdrawn to leave the hollow internal bore of the final tapered-capillary optical element.

  16. Misalignment tolerant efficient inverse taper coupler for silicon waveguide

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    Wang, Peng; Michael, Aron; Kwok, Chee Yee; Chen, Ssu-Han

    2015-12-01

    This paper describes an efficient fiber to submicron silicon waveguide coupling based on an inversely tapered silicon waveguide embedded in a SiO2 waveguide that is suspended in air. The inverse taper waveguide consist of a 50um long and 240nm thick silicon that linearly taper in width from 500nm to 120nm, which is embedded in SiO2. The SiO2 waveguide is 6um wide and 10um long. The simulation results show that the coupling loss of this new approach is 2.7dB including the interface loss at the input and output. The tolerance to fiber misalignment at the input of the coupler is 2um in both horizontal and vertical directions for only 1.5dB additional loss.

  17. Cellulose nanowhiskers extracted from TEMPO-oxidized jute fibers.

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    Cao, Xinwang; Ding, Bin; Yu, Jianyong; Al-Deyab, Salem S

    2012-10-01

    Cellulose nanowhiskers is a kind of renewable and biocompatible nanomaterials evoke much interest because of its versatility in various applications. Here, for the first time, a novel controllable fabrication of cellulose nanowhiskers from jute fibers with a high yield (over 80%) via a 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl radical (TEMPO)/NaBr/NaClO system selective oxidization combined with mechanical homogenization is reported. The versatile jute cellulose nanowhiskers with ultrathin diameters (3-10 nm) and high crystallinity (69.72%), contains C6 carboxylate groups converted from C6 primary hydroxyls, which would be particularly useful for applications in the nanocomposites as reinforcing phase, as well as in tissue engineering, pharmaceutical and optical industries as additives. PMID:22840042

  18. Fundamental mode evolution in long, large-core (>100 μm) adiabatic tapers

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    Kerttula, Juho; Filippov, Valery; Chamorovskii, Yuri; Ustimchik, Vasily; Okhotnikov, Oleg G.

    2013-03-01

    We have experimentally investigated fundamental mode propagation in few-meter-long adiabatic step-index tapers with high numerical aperture, core diameter up to 117μm (V=38), and tapering ratio up to 18. We confirmed single fundamental mode guiding in tapers with uniform core index profile by several experiments. We observed an annular near field distribution and degraded beam quality for large output core diameters, found to occur due to intrinsic mechanical stress in the fibers. We expect that eliminating the stress would prevent the mode deformation and allow constructing single-mode, diffraction-limited tapered large-mode-area amplifiers with a good beam shape.

  19. Wafer-scale pixelated scintillator and specially designed data acquisition system for fiber optic taper array-coupled digital x-ray detector

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    Zhao, Zhigang; Li, Ji; Lei, Yaohu; Wang, Ru; Ren, Jianping; Qiao, Jian; Niu, Hanben

    2015-09-01

    A digital x-ray detector scheme based on a pixelated scintillator coupled with a fiber optic (FOT) array is suitable for many high-resolution x-ray imaging applications. However, certain challenges need to be addressed for fabrication of wafer-scale uniform pixelated x-ray scintillators. In addition, difficulties associated with implementation of the data acquisition system for acquiring output image data from the multiple image sensors used in the detector also need to be addressed. In this paper, a 2×2 FOT array-coupled digital x-ray detector scheme using a 5-in. pixelated scintillator is proposed. A novel fabrication setup along with the corresponding processes for fabricating the wafer-scale pixelated scintillator and implementation of a specially designed embedded data acquisition system based on a single embedded micro-processer (ARM) and four field-programmable gate array (FPGA) chips are discussed in detail. Preliminary experiments demonstrate that this pixelated scintillator-based digital x-ray detector scheme with an active imaging area of about 100 mm×100 mm shows considerable potential for use in high-resolution x-ray imaging.

  20. High-coherence light extraction through a compact Brillouin/erbium fiber laser

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    Chen, Mo; Wang, Jianfei; Chen, Wei; Sun, Shilin; Meng, Zhou

    2016-05-01

    High-coherence light is stringently demanded in high-accuracy interferometric optical fiber sensors, where the phase noise of the light source greatly affects the sensitivity of the whole system. Distributed-feedback laser diodes with a phase noise of -80 ~ -90 dB/Hz1/2 at 1 kHz (with 1 m optical path difference) is now easily obtained, but the interferometric fiber sensors requires the laser source with the phase noise lower than -100 dB/Hz1/2. Lasers with ultra-low-noise usually require complicated and sophisticated techniques. We propose a novel structure to realize high-coherence light extraction through a compact Brillouin/erbium fiber laser (BEFL) which uses a length of 4 m erbium-doped fiber as both the Brillouin and linear gain media. The phase noise of the Brillouin pump light is greatly smoothed and suppressed after being transferred to the Brillouin Stokes light. High-coherence light with the phase noise of about -104 dB/Hz1/2 at 1 kHz is extracted through the compact BEFL from a commercialized laser diode with the phase noise of about -89 dB/Hz1/2. The capability of phase noise suppression in the compact BEFL presents much importance especially in large-array interferometric fiber sensor systems.

  1. Designing a gel-fiber composite to extract nanoparticles from solution.

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    Liu, Ya; Yong, Xin; McFarlin, Gerald; Kuksenok, Olga; Aizenberg, Joanna; Balazs, Anna C

    2015-11-28

    The extraction of nanoscopic particulates from flowing fluids is a vital step in filtration processes, as well as the fabrication of nanocomposites. Inspired by the ability of carnivorous plants to use hair-like filaments to entrap species, we use computational modeling to design a multi-component system that integrates compliant fibers and thermo-responsive gels to extract particles from the surrounding solution. In particular, hydrophobic fibers are embedded in a gel that exhibits a lower critical solution temperature (LCST). With an increase in temperature, the gel collapses to expose fibers that self-assemble into bundles, which act as nanoscale "grippers" that bind the particles and draw them into the underlying gel. By varying the relative stiffness of the fibers, the fiber-particle interaction strength and the shear rate in the solution, we identify optimal parameters where the particles are effectively drawn from the solution and remain firmly bound within the gel layer. Hence, the system can be harnessed in purifying fluids and creating novel hybrid materials that integrate nanoparticles with polymer gels. PMID:26376705

  2. Effect of Aspergillus oryzae fermentation extract (Amaferm) on in vitro fiber degradation.

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    Beharka, A A; Nagaraja, T G

    1993-03-01

    The influence of Aspergillus oryzae fermentation extract (Amaferm) on in vitro fiber degradation was determined by incubating eight ground fibrous feed-stuffs with rumen fluid and buffer inoculum. Amaferm was added at 0, .4, .8, or 1.2 g/L of fermentation mixture. Both NDF and ADF degradabilities were determined after 96 h of incubation. Addition of extract had no effect on NDF or ADF degradability of pure cellulose, low endophyte fescue, wheat straw, corn silage, or prairie hay. Addition of Amaferm at .8 or 1.2 g/L increased NDF and ADF degradations of bromegrass hay and alfalfa hay; its addition at .4 or .8 g/L, but not at 1.2 g/L, increased NDF and ADF degradation of high endophyte fescue hay. In a second set of in vitro fermentations, selective antimicrobials (penicillin, streptomycin, and cycloheximide) were used to assess the influence of Amaferm on various microbial groups. The enhanced fiber degradation by Amaferm was attributed to its stimulation of bacterial activity because its addition to whole rumen fluid without or with cycloheximide increased fiber digestion. In contrast, addition of Amaferm to the whole rumen fluid plus penicillin and streptomycin treatment had no effect on fiber degradation, suggesting that fungal or protozoal activity was not affected by treatment. In conclusion, Amaferm increased fiber digestibility of certain feedstuffs, and the increase was mediated via stimulation of rumen bacterial, but not fungal or protozoal, activities. PMID:8385163

  3. The ABCD matrix in graded index tapers used for beam expansion and compression.

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    McMullin, J N

    1989-04-01

    A new form is proposed for the ABCD matrix in a graded index taper with a large variation in cross section such as might be used for single-mode beam expansion. Expressions are given for the loss of power from the fundamental mode and the coupling efficiency between fibers when two tapers are used in an expanded beam connector. Exact solutions are found for linear tapers and for a class of tapers with zero slope ends. The distinction between adiabatic and nonadiabatic tapers is made clear from the functional form of the matrix in the linear case. Comparisons are made with previously published results and the effect of taper shape on the coupling efficiency is discussed. PMID:20548654

  4. Intensity modulated SMF cascaded tapers with a hollow core PCF based microcavity for curvature sensing

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    Dass, Sumit; Narayan Dash, Jitendra; Jha, Rajan

    2016-03-01

    We propose a highly sensitive curvature sensor based on cascaded single mode fiber (SMF) tapers with a microcavity. The microcavity is created by splicing a small piece of hollow core photonic crystal fiber (HCPCF) at the end of an SMF to obtain a sharp interference pattern. Experimental results show that two SMF tapers enhance the curvature sensitivity of the system and by changing the tapering parameters of the second taper, the curvature sensitivity of the system can be tailored, together with the fringe contrast of the interference pattern. A maximum curvature sensitivity of 10.4 dB/m-1 is observed in the curvature range 0 to 1 m-1 for a second taper diameter of 18 μm. The sensing setup is highly stable and shows very low temperature sensitivity. As the interrogation is intensity based, a low cost optical power meter can be utilized to determine the curvature.

  5. Research on the feature extraction and pattern recognition of the distributed optical fiber sensing signal

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    Wang, Bingjie; Sun, Qi; Pi, Shaohua; Wu, Hongyan

    2014-09-01

    In this paper, feature extraction and pattern recognition of the distributed optical fiber sensing signal have been studied. We adopt Mel-Frequency Cepstral Coefficient (MFCC) feature extraction, wavelet packet energy feature extraction and wavelet packet Shannon entropy feature extraction methods to obtain sensing signals (such as speak, wind, thunder and rain signals, etc.) characteristic vectors respectively, and then perform pattern recognition via RBF neural network. Performances of these three feature extraction methods are compared according to the results. We choose MFCC characteristic vector to be 12-dimensional. For wavelet packet feature extraction, signals are decomposed into six layers by Daubechies wavelet packet transform, in which 64 frequency constituents as characteristic vector are respectively extracted. In the process of pattern recognition, the value of diffusion coefficient is introduced to increase the recognition accuracy, while keeping the samples for testing algorithm the same. Recognition results show that wavelet packet Shannon entropy feature extraction method yields the best recognition accuracy which is up to 97%; the performance of 12-dimensional MFCC feature extraction method is less satisfactory; the performance of wavelet packet energy feature extraction method is the worst.

  6. Finite-aperture tapered unstable resonator lasers

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    Bedford, Robert George

    The development of high power, high brightness semiconductor lasers is important for applications such as efficient pumping of fiber amplifiers and free space communication. The ability to couple directly into the core of a single-mode fiber can vastly increase the absorption of pump light. Further, the high mode-selectivity provided by unstable resonators accommodates single-mode operation to many times the threshold current level. The objective of this dissertation is to investigate a more efficient semiconductor-based unstable resonator design. The tapered unstable resonator laser consists of a single-mode ridge coupled to a tapered gain region. The ridge, aided by spoiling grooves, provides essential preparation of the fundamental mode, while the taper provides significant amplification and a large output mode. It is shown a laterally finite taper-side mirror (making the laser a "finite-aperture tapered unstable resonator laser") serves to significantly improve differential quantum efficiency. This results in the possibility for higher optical powers while still maintaining single-mode operation. Additionally, the advent of a detuned second order grating allows for a low divergent, quasicircular output beam emitted from the semiconductor surface, easing packaging tolerances, and making two dimensional integrated arrays possible. In this dissertation, theory, design, fabrication, and characterization are presented. Material theory is introduced, reviewing gain, carrier, and temperature effects on field propagation. Coupled-mode and coupled wave theory is reviewed to allow simulation of the passive grating. A numerical model is used to investigate laser design and optimization, and effects of finite-apertures are explored. A microfabrication method is introduced to create the FATURL in InAlGaAs/-InGaAsP/InP material emitting at about 1410 nm. Fabrication consists of photolithography, electron-beam lithography, wet etch and dry etching processes, metal and

  7. Fiber

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    ... it can help with weight control. Fiber aids digestion and helps prevent constipation . It is sometimes used ... fiber attracts water and turns to gel during digestion. This slows digestion. Soluble fiber is found in ...

  8. Spectro-Perfectionism: An Algorithmic Framework for Photon Noise-Limited Extraction of Optical Fiber Spectroscopy

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    Bolton, Adam S.; Schlegel, David J.

    2010-02-01

    We describe a new algorithm for the "perfect" extraction of one-dimensional (1D) spectra from two-dimensional (2D) digital images of optical fiber spectrographs, based on accurate 2D forward modeling of the raw pixel data. The algorithm is correct for arbitrarily complicated 2D point-spread functions (PSFs), as compared to the traditional optimal extraction algorithm, which is only correct for a limited class of separable PSFs. The algorithm results in statistically independent extracted samples in the 1D spectrum, and preserves the full native resolution of the 2D spectrograph without degradation. Both the statistical errors and the 1D resolution of the extracted spectrum are accurately determined, allowing a correct χ2 comparison of any model spectrum with the data. Using a model PSF similar to that found in the red channel of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey spectrograph, we compare the performance of our algorithm to that of cross-section based optimal extraction, and also demonstrate that our method allows coaddition and foreground estimation to be carried out as an integral part of the extraction step. This work demonstrates the feasibility of current and next-generation multifiber spectrographs for faint-galaxy surveys even in the presence of strong night-sky foregrounds. We describe the handling of subtleties arising from fiber-to-fiber cross talk, discuss some of the likely challenges in deploying our method to the analysis of a full-scale survey, and note that our algorithm could be generalized into an optimal method for the rectification and combination of astronomical imaging data.

  9. Dynamics of organic compound extraction from water using liquid-coated fused silica fibers

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    Louch, D.; Motlagh, S.; Pawliszyn, J.

    1992-05-15

    Mathematical descriptions of the absorption and desorption processes were developed and compared with experimental results for solid-phase microextraction (SPME) using poly(dimethylsiloxane)-coated fused silica optical fibers. Extraction times for benzene, toluene, and p-xylene using a coating thickness of 55 {mu}m are under 10 min and can be shortened substantially using agitation. Detection limits and distribution coefficients for several organic compounds are presented. 20 refs., 13 figs., 1 tab.

  10. Designing a gel-fiber composite to extract nanoparticles from solution

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    Liu, Ya; Kuksenok, Olga; Balazs, Anna

    Using DPD simulations, we proposed the design of a gel-fiber coating where the components of the system act in concert to extract particles from solution and localize these solids in the underlying gel layer. We model an array of flexible fibers that are embedded in a lower critical solution temperature (LCST) thermo-responsive gel, which swells at lower temperatures and collapses at higher temperatures. The system is immersed in a solution containing dispersed nanoparticles and this fluid is driven to flow by an imposed shear. When the gel is heated, it collapses to expose the fibers, and thereby, triggers the ``catch'' process. Namely, the fibers can act like ``arms'' that wrap around the nanoparticle and bring it from the outer solvent into the gel layer. Moreover, we show that depending on the flexibility and hydrophobicity of the fibers, as well as the imposed shear, we can position the nanoparticles at the desired height within the gel layer. Our approach can be utilized for the detection and separation of components in fluids and for the controlled insertion of nanoparticles within a hydrogel at a particular distance from the gel interface

  11. TAPERED DEFINING SLOT

    DOEpatents

    Pressey, F.W.

    1959-09-01

    An improvement is reported in the shape and formation of the slot or opening in the collimating slot member which forms part of an ion source of the type wherein a vapor of the material to be ionized is bombarded by electrons in a magnetic field to strike an arc-producing ionization. The defining slot is formed so as to have a substantial taper away from the cathode, causing the electron bombardment from the cathode to be dispersed over a greater area reducing its temperature and at the same time bringing the principal concentration of heat from the electron bombardment nearer the anode side of the slot, thus reducing deterioration and prolonging the life of the slot member during operation.

  12. How does the preparation of rye porridge affect molecular weight distribution of extractable dietary fibers?

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    Rakha, Allah; Aman, Per; Andersson, Roger

    2011-01-01

    Extractable dietary fiber (DF) plays an important role in nutrition. This study on porridge making with whole grain rye investigated the effect of rest time of flour slurries at room temperature before cooking and amount of flour and salt in the recipe on the content of DF components and molecular weight distribution of extractable fructan, mixed linkage (1→3)(1→4)-β-d-glucan (β-glucan) and arabinoxylan (AX) in the porridge. The content of total DF was increased (from about 20% to 23% of dry matter) during porridge making due to formation of insoluble resistant starch. A small but significant increase in the extractability of β-glucan (P = 0.016) and AX (P = 0.002) due to rest time was also noted. The molecular weight of extractable fructan and AX remained stable during porridge making. However, incubation of the rye flour slurries at increased temperature resulted in a significant decrease in extractable AX molecular weight. The molecular weight of extractable β-glucan decreased greatly during a rest time before cooking, most likely by the action of endogenous enzymes. The amount of salt and flour used in the recipe had small but significant effects on the molecular weight of β-glucan. These results show that whole grain rye porridge made without a rest time before cooking contains extractable DF components maintaining high molecular weights. High molecular weight is most likely of nutritional importance. PMID:21686191

  13. How Does the Preparation of Rye Porridge Affect Molecular Weight Distribution of Extractable Dietary Fibers?

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    Rakha, Allah; Åman, Per; Andersson, Roger

    2011-01-01

    Extractable dietary fiber (DF) plays an important role in nutrition. This study on porridge making with whole grain rye investigated the effect of rest time of flour slurries at room temperature before cooking and amount of flour and salt in the recipe on the content of DF components and molecular weight distribution of extractable fructan, mixed linkage (1→3)(1→4)-β-d-glucan (β-glucan) and arabinoxylan (AX) in the porridge. The content of total DF was increased (from about 20% to 23% of dry matter) during porridge making due to formation of insoluble resistant starch. A small but significant increase in the extractability of β-glucan (P = 0.016) and AX (P = 0.002) due to rest time was also noted. The molecular weight of extractable fructan and AX remained stable during porridge making. However, incubation of the rye flour slurries at increased temperature resulted in a significant decrease in extractable AX molecular weight. The molecular weight of extractable β-glucan decreased greatly during a rest time before cooking, most likely by the action of endogenous enzymes. The amount of salt and flour used in the recipe had small but significant effects on the molecular weight of β-glucan. These results show that whole grain rye porridge made without a rest time before cooking contains extractable DF components maintaining high molecular weights. High molecular weight is most likely of nutritional importance. PMID:21686191

  14. Tapered undulator for SASE FELs

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    Fawley, William M.; Huang, Zhirong; Kim, Kwang-Je; Vinokurov, Nikolai A.

    2001-09-14

    We discuss the use of tapered undulators to enhance the performance of free-electron lasers (FELs) based upon self-amplified spontaneous emission (SASE), where the radiation tends to have a relatively broad bandwidth, limited temporal phase coherence, and large amplitude fluctuations. Using the polychromatic FEL simulation code GINGER, we numerically demonstrate the effectiveness of a tapered undulator for parameters corresponding to the existing Argonne low-energy undulator test line (LEUTL) FEL. We also study possible tapering options for proposed x-ray FELs such as the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS).

  15. Enhanced Trace-Fiber Color Discrimination by Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry: A Quantitative and Qualitative Tool for the Analysis of Dyes Extracted from Sub-millimeter Nylon Fibers

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    2002-09-26

    The application of electrospray-ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) to trace-fiber color analysis is explored using acidic dyes commonly employed to color nylon-based fibers, as well as extracts from dyed nylon fibers. Qualitative information about constituent dyes and quantitative information about the relative amounts of those dyes present on a single fiber become readily available using this technique. Sample requirements for establishing the color-identity of different samples (i.e., comparative trace-fiber analysis) are shown to be sub-millimeter. Absolute verification of dye-mixture identity (beyond the comparison of molecular weights derived from ESI-MS) can be obtained by expanding the technique to include tandem mass spectrometry (ESI-MS/MS). For dyes of unknown origin, the ESI-MS/MS analyses may offer insights into the chemical structure of the compound--information not available from chromatographic techniques alone. This research demonstrates that ESI-MS is viable as a sensitive technique for distinguishing dye constituents extracted from a minute amount of trace fiber evidence. A protocol is suggested to establish/refute the proposition that two fibers--one of which is available in minute quantity only--are of the same origin.

  16. Distributed fiber-optic vibration sensing based on phase extraction from time-gated digital OFDR.

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    Wang, Shuai; Fan, Xinyu; Liu, Qingwen; He, Zuyuan

    2015-12-28

    A novel distributed fiber vibration sensing technique based on phase extraction from time-gated digital optical frequency domain reflectometry (TGD-OFDR) which can achieve quantitative vibration measurement with high spatial resolution and long measurement range is proposed. A 90 degree optical hybrid is used to extract phase information. By increasing frequency sweeping speed, the influence of environmental phase disturbance on TGD-OFDR is mitigated significantly, which makes phase extraction in our new scheme more reliable than that in conventional OFDR-based method, leading to the realization of long distance quantitative vibration measurement. By using the proposed technique, a distributed vibration sensor that has a measurement range of 40 km, a spatial resolution of 3.5 m, a measurable vibration frequency up to 600 Hz, and a minimal measurable vibration acceleration of 0.08g is demonstrated. PMID:26831995

  17. Tapered undulators for SASE FELs

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    Fawley, William M.; Huang, Zhirong; Kim, Kwang-Je; Vinokurov, Nikolai A.

    2002-05-01

    We discuss the use of tapered undulators to enhance the performance of free-electron lasers (FELs) based upon self-amplified spontaneous emission, where the radiation tends to have a relatively broad bandwidth and limited temporal coherence. Using the polychromatic FEL simulation code GINGER, we numerically demonstrate the effectiveness of tapered undulators for parameters corresponding to the Argonne low-energy undulator test line FEL and the proposed linac coherent light source.

  18. Kinetics of Moisture Absorption for Alkali Extracted Steam-Exploded Fiber Filled High-Density Polyethylene Composites

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    Taib, R. M.; Ramarad, S.; Ishak, Z. A. M.; Rozman, H. D.

    2010-03-01

    Acacia mangium wood fiber derived from steam-explosion and fiber fractionation treatment was used as fillers for high-density polyethylene (HDPE). The alkali extracted steam-exploded fibers (AEF) obtained were acetylated to produce acetylated fibers (AAEF) having three different weight percent gain (WPG). Composites of AEF or AAEF and HDPE were prepared via 2-roll mill, compression molded and cut into dumbbell specimens. All samples were immersed in water at room temperature for 30 days. The process of absorption of water by all composites followed the kinetics and mechanisms described by the Fick's theory. Diffusion coefficient (D) values increased with filler loading but decreased with increasing WPG of the AAEF fiber. Further decrease was observed when maleated polyethylene (MAPE) was added to the composite system. This was due to improved fiber-matrix adhesion that restricts movement of water molecules from further penetrate inside the composite structures.

  19. Kinetics of Moisture Absorption for Alkali Extracted Steam-Exploded Fiber Filled High-Density Polyethylene Composites

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    Taib, R. M.; Ramarad, S.; Ishak, Z. A. M.; Rozman, H. D.

    2010-03-11

    Acacia mangium wood fiber derived from steam-explosion and fiber fractionation treatment was used as fillers for high-density polyethylene (HDPE). The alkali extracted steam-exploded fibers (AEF) obtained were acetylated to produce acetylated fibers (AAEF) having three different weight percent gain (WPG). Composites of AEF or AAEF and HDPE were prepared via 2-roll mill, compression molded and cut into dumbbell specimens. All samples were immersed in water at room temperature for 30 days. The process of absorption of water by all composites followed the kinetics and mechanisms described by the Fick's theory. Diffusion coefficient (D) values increased with filler loading but decreased with increasing WPG of the AAEF fiber. Further decrease was observed when maleated polyethylene (MAPE) was added to the composite system. This was due to improved fiber-matrix adhesion that restricts movement of water molecules from further penetrate inside the composite structures.

  20. Evaluation of Ultrasonic Fiber Structure Extraction Technique Using Autopsy Specimens of Liver

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    Yamaguchi, Tadashi; Hirai, Kazuki; Yamada, Hiroyuki; Ebara, Masaaki; Hachiya, Hiroyuki

    2005-06-01

    It is very important to diagnose liver cirrhosis noninvasively and correctly. In our previous studies, we proposed a processing technique to detect changes in liver tissue in vivo. In this paper, we propose the evaluation of the relationship between liver disease and echo information using autopsy specimens of a human liver in vitro. It is possible to verify the function of a processing parameter clearly and to compare the processing result and the actual human liver tissue structure by in vitro experiment. In the results of our processing technique, information that did not obey a Rayleigh distribution from the echo signal of the autopsy liver specimens was extracted depending on changes in a particular processing parameter. The fiber tissue structure of the same specimen was extracted from a number of histological images of stained tissue. We constructed 3D structures using the information extracted from the echo signal and the fiber structure of the stained tissue and compared the two. By comparing the 3D structures, it is possible to evaluate the relationship between the information that does not obey a Rayleigh distribution of the echo signal and the fibrosis structure.

  1. Fiber-integrated diamond-based magnetometer

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    Liu, Xiaodi; Cui, Jinming; Sun, Fangwen; Song, Xuerui; Feng, Fupan; Wang, Junfeng; Zhu, Wei; Lou, Liren; Wang, Guanzhong

    2013-09-01

    We demonstrated a fiber-integrated diamond-based magnetometer in this paper. In the system, the fluorescence of nitrogen vacancy (NV) centers in nanodiamonds deposited on a tapered fiber was coupled to the tapered fiber effectively and detected at the output end of the fiber. By using this scheme, optically detected electron spin resonance spectra were recorded for single NV centers. The results confirmed that such a tapered fiber-nanodiamond system can act as a magnetometer. Featured with excellent portability, convenient fabrication, and potential for further integration, the constructed system has been demonstrated to be a practical magnetometer prototype.

  2. Comparative evaluation of apically extruded debris with V-Taper, ProTaper Next, and the Self-adjusting File systems

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    Vyavahare, Nishant K.; Raghavendra, Srinidhi Surya; Desai, Niranjan N.

    2016-01-01

    Background: Complete cleaning of the root canal is the goal for ensuring success in endodontics. Removal of debris plays an important role in achieving this goal. In spite of advancements in instrument design, apical extrusion of debris remains a source of inflammation in the periradicular region. Aim: To comparatively evaluate the amount of apically extruded debris with V-Taper, ProTaper Next, and the self-adjusting File (SAF) system. Materials and Methods: Sixty-four extracted human mandibular teeth with straight root canals were taken. Access openings were done and working length determined. The samples were randomly divided into three groups: Group I - V-Taper files (n = 20), Group II - ProTaper Next (n = 20), Group III - SAF (n = 20). Biomechanical preparation was completed and the debris collected in vials to be quantitatively determined. The data obtained was statistically analyzed using ANOVA and post hoc Tukey's test. Results: All the specimens showed apical debris extrusion. SAF showed significantly less debris extrusion compared to V-Taper and ProTaper Next (P < 0.001). Among Groups I and II, ProTaper Next showed lesser debris extrusion as compared to V-Taper, but it was not significant (P = 0.124). Conclusion: The SAF showed least amount of apical debris extrusion when compared to newer rotary endodontic instruments. This indicates that the incidence of inter-treatment flare-ups due to debris extrusion would be less with the SAF. PMID:27217636

  3. Blasting extrusion processing: the increase of soluble dietary fiber content and extraction of soluble-fiber polysaccharides from wheat bran.

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    Yan, Xiaoguang; Ye, Ran; Chen, Ye

    2015-08-01

    In this study, soluble dietary fiber (SDF) content of wheat bran was significantly increased from 9.82 ± 0.16 (w/w, %) to 16.72 ± 0.28 (w/w, %) by a novel blasting extrusion processing with enhanced water retention capacity and the swelling capacity. In addition, a water-soluble polysaccharide (WBP) was isolated and extracted from extruded SDF. WBP was successfully purified from SDF by column chromatography systems with the average molecular weight (Mw) of 4.7 × 10(4)Da, containing arabinose, xylose, glucose, and galactose. With the molar ratio of 0.76:0.99:1.00:0.12. Our results suggest that WBP owned 1 → 2, 1 → 3, 1 → 2, 6 and 1 → 4, 1 → 4, 6 glycosidic bonds in the absence of 1 →, 1 → 6 glycosidic bonds. In vitro antioxidant assays (DPPH, ABTS+ radical scavenging capacities, and ferric ion reducing capacity) demonstrated that WBP possesses good antioxidant capacity, and it could be potentially used as a natural antioxidant for use in functional food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. PMID:25766807

  4. Immunomodulatory activity of Bengkoang (Pachyrhizus erosus) fiber extract in vitro and in vivo.

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    Kumalasari, Ika Dyah; Nishi, Kosuke; Harmayani, Eni; Raharjo, Sri; Sugahara, Takuya

    2014-01-01

    Bengkoang (Pachyrhizus erosus (L.) Urban) is one of the most popular edible root vegetables in Indonesia. Bengkoang contains fairly large amounts of carbohydrates and crude fiber. The purpose of this research is to evaluate the immunomodulatory effect of the bengkoang fiber extract (BFE) in vitro and in vivo. BFE was prepared by heating the powder of bengkoang fiber suspended in distilled water at 121 °C for 20 min. BFE facilitated IgM production by the human hybridoma cell line HB4C5 cells. In addition, production of IgM, IgG, and IgA by mouse primary splenocytes was facilitated by BFE in a dose-dependent manner. BFE also significantly facilitated production of both interleukin-5 and interleukin-10 by splenocytes. Immunoglobulin production by lymphocytes from the spleen, Peyer's patch, and mesenteric lymph node were significantly activated by oral administration of BFE to mice for 14 days. The serum immunoglobulin levels of IgG, IgM, and IgA were also significantly enhanced. Furthermore, cytokine production by lymphocytes from the spleen, Peyer's patch, and mesenteric lymph node were also facilitated by oral administration of BFE. These results suggest that BFE has positive effects on the immune system in vitro and in vivo. PMID:23361525

  5. Automatic one dimensional spectra extraction for Weihai fiber-fed high resolution echelle spectra

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    Hu, Shao Ming; Gao, Dong Yang

    2014-11-01

    One fiber-fed high resolution echelle spectrograph was built for the one meter telescope atWeihai Observatory of Shandong University. It is used for exoplanet searching by radial velocity method and for stellar spectra analysis. One dimensional spectra extraction from the raw echelle data is researched in this paper. Flat field images with different exposure times were used to trace the order position accurately. The accurate background was fitted from each CCD image and it was subtracted from the raw image to correct the background and straylight. The intensity of each order decreases towards the order margin, and the lengths of order are different between the blue and red regions. The order tracing during the data reduction was investigated in this work. Accurate flux can be obtained after considering the effects of bad pixels, the curvature of each order and so on. One Interactive Data Language program for one dimensional spectra extraction was adopted and implemented to echelle data reduction for Weihai fiber-fed high resolution echelle spectra, and the results are illustrated here. The program is efficient and accurate for echelle data reduction. It can be adopted to reduce data taken by other instruments even the spectrographs in other fields, and it is very convenient for astronomers.

  6. In Vitro Stimulation of Forage Fiber Degradation by Ruminal Microorganisms with Aspergillus oryzae Fermentation Extract

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    Varel, Vincent H.; Kreikemeier, Kelly K.; Jung, Hans-Joachim G.; Hatfield, Ronald D.

    1993-01-01

    Aspergillus oryzae fermentation extract (Amaferm) was evaluated for its ability to influence degradation of brome grass and switchgrass fiber fractions by mixed ruminal microorganisms in vitro. Addition of Amaferm at a concentration of 0.067 mg/ml, which is approximately the concentration found in the rumen ecosystem (0.06 mg/ml), increased the degradation of brome grass neutral detergent fiber (NDF) by 28% after fermentation for 12 h (P < 0.01), but had no effect after fermentation for 24 or 48 h. The levels of degradation of both the cellulose and hemicellulose fractions were increased after fermentation for 12 h (P < 0.01). Additions of 0.08 and 8% (vol/vol) Amaferm filtrate (12.5 g/100 ml) stimulated degradation of switchgrass NDF by 12 and 24% (P < 0.01), respectively, after fermentation for 12 h; when 80% filtrate was added, degradation was decreased by 38%. The concentrations of total anaerobes in culture tubes containing 80% filtrate were 5 times greater than the concentrations in the controls; however, the concentrations of cellulolytic organisms were 3.5 times lower than the concentrations in the controls (P < 0.05). These results suggested that the filtrate contained high concentrations of soluble substrate which did not allow the cellulolytic organisms to compete well with other populations. The remaining concentrations of esterified p-coumaric and ferulic acids were lower at 12 h in NDF residues obtained from fermentation mixtures supplemented with Amaferm. Because the total anaerobes were not inhibited in fermentation mixtures containing Amaferm, antibiotics are unlikely to be involved as a mode of action for increasing NDF degradation. The possibility that Amaferm contains enzymes (possibly esterases) that may play a role in stimulating the rate of fiber degradation by mixed ruminal microorganisms by removal of plant cell wall phenolic acid esters is discussed. PMID:16349057

  7. Novel process for the simultaneous extraction and degumming of banana fibers under solid-state cultivation.

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    Jacob, Nicemol; Prema, Parukuttyamma

    2008-01-01

    Various process parameters for the production of polygalacturonase by Streptomyces lydicus under solid-state fermentation were optimized. The optimum particle size of wheat bran for polygalacturonase production was in the range of 500-1000 μm. Initial moisture content of 70% was found to be the optimum for enzyme production. The most suitable inoculum size was 1.25 × 10(5) CFU/mL and the optimum incubation temperature was 30°C. Addition of carbon sources resulted in 37% increase in enzyme yield (425 U/g), whereas no significant enhancement was obtained on nitrogen supplementation. Maximum enzyme yield was recorded at 72 h. When compared to the initial production medium (108.5 U/g), the enzyme yield was 3.9 fold after optimization. Solid-state fermentation was effectively employed to develop a novel process for the simultaneous extraction and degumming of banana fibers. Streptomyces lydicus was allowed to grow on wheat bran medium in which banana leaf sheath pieces were incorporated and the fiber bundles were separated after a two-step fermentative process. PMID:24031190

  8. Activation of macrophages stimulated by the bengkoang fiber extract through toll-like receptor 4.

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    Kumalasari, Ika Dyah; Nishi, Kosuke; Putra, Agus Budiawan Naro; Sugahara, Takuya

    2014-07-25

    Bengkoang (Pachyrhizus erosus (L.) Urban) is an edible root tuber containing fairly large amounts of carbohydrates and crude fibers. Our previous studies showed that the bengkoang fiber extract (BFE) stimulates activation of macrophages, leading to induction of phagocytotic activity and cytokine production. In the present study we investigated the mechanism underlying activation of murine macrophages by BFE. BFE increased production of TNF-α, IL-6, and nitric oxide by J774.1 cells. In addition BFE also facilitated the gene expression levels of inducible nitric oxide synthase. We examined the effect of a TLR4 inhibitor on cytokine production to investigate the membrane receptor of macrophage activation by BFE. Treatment of J774.1 cells with the TLR4 inhibitor significantly inhibited production of IL-6 and TNF-α, suggesting that TLR4 is the target membrane receptor for BFE. The main signal molecules located downstream of TLR4 such as JNK, p38, ERK, and NF-κB were activated by BFE treatment. The immunostimulatory effect of BFE was cancelled by the pectinase treatment, suggesting that the active ingredient in BFE is pectin-like molecules. Overall results suggested that BFE activates J774.1 cells via the MAPK and NF-κB signaling pathways. PMID:24770453

  9. Fabrication of Optical Fiber Devices

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    Andres, Miguel V.

    In this paper we present the main research activities of the Laboratorio de Fibras Opticas del Instituto de Ciencia de los Materiales de la Universidad de Valencia. We show some of the main results obtained for devices based on tapered fibers, fiber Bragg gratings, acousto-optic effects and photonic crystal fibers.

  10. Extracting the inclination angle of nerve fibers within the human brain with 3D-PLI independent of system properties

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    Reckfort, Julia; Wiese, Hendrik; Dohmen, Melanie; Grässel, David; Pietrzyk, Uwe; Zilles, Karl; Amunts, Katrin; Axer, Markus

    2013-09-01

    The neuroimaging technique 3D-polarized light imaging (3D-PLI) has opened up new avenues to study the complex nerve fiber architecture of the human brain at sub-millimeter spatial resolution. This polarimetry technique is applicable to histological sections of postmortem brains utilizing the birefringence of nerve fibers caused by the regular arrangement of lipids and proteins in the myelin sheaths surrounding axons. 3D-PLI provides a three-dimensional description of the anatomical wiring scheme defined by the in-section direction angle and the out-of-section inclination angle. To date, 3D-PLI is the only available method that allows bridging the microscopic and the macroscopic description of the fiber architecture of the human brain. Here we introduce a new approach to retrieve the inclination angle of the fibers independently of the properties of the used polarimeters. This is relevant because the image resolution and the signal transmission inuence the measured birefringent signal (retardation) significantly. The image resolution was determined using the USAF- 1951 testchart applying the Rayleigh criterion. The signal transmission was measured by elliptical polarizers applying the Michelson contrast and histological slices of the optic tract of a postmortem brain. Based on these results, a modified retardation-inclination transfer function was proposed to extract the fiber inclination. The comparison of the actual and the inclination angles calculated with the theoretically proposed and the modified transfer function revealed a significant improvement in the extraction of the fiber inclinations.

  11. Exciting fluorescence compounds on an optical fiber's side surface with a liquid core waveguide.

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    Ray, Jason C; Almas, Muhammad S; Tao, Shiquan

    2016-01-01

    A new fiber optic fluorescence spectroscopic method using a liquid core waveguide (LCW) as an excitation element has been developed for detecting a fluorescence compound absorbed on an optical fiber's surface. A laser light beam was coupled into a multimode optical fiber. The distal end of the fiber was inserted into an LCW. The diverging light emerging from the fiber's end was collected and guided within the LCW. A tapered optical fiber was inserted into the LCW from the other side. Laser light traveling in the LCW evenly illuminates the tapered fiber surface and excites fluorescence molecules absorbed on the tapered fiber's surface. Fluorescence light emitted from the tapered fiber surface was collected with the fiber itself and delivered through the fiber to an optical fiber compatible spectrometer for detection. This new technique provides an efficient way for evenly exciting fluorescence compounds absorbed on an optical fiber's surface. PMID:26696168

  12. Flax Fiber Hydrophobic Extract Inhibits Human Skin Cells Inflammation and Causes Remodeling of Extracellular Matrix and Wound Closure Activation

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    Styrczewska, Monika; Kostyn, Anna; Kulma, Anna; Majkowska-Skrobek, Grazyna; Augustyniak, Daria; Prescha, Anna; Czuj, Tadeusz; Szopa, Jan

    2015-01-01

    Inflammation is the basis of many diseases, with chronic wounds amongst them, limiting cell proliferation and tissue regeneration. Our previous preclinical study of flax fiber applied as a wound dressing and analysis of its components impact on the fibroblast transcriptome suggested flax fiber hydrophobic extract use as an anti-inflammatory and wound healing preparation. The extract contains cannabidiol (CBD), phytosterols, and unsaturated fatty acids, showing great promise in wound healing. In in vitro proliferation and wound closure tests the extract activated cell migration and proliferation. The activity of matrix metalloproteinases in skin cells was increased, suggesting activation of extracellular components remodeling. The expression of cytokines was diminished by the extract in a cannabidiol-dependent manner, but β-sitosterol can act synergistically with CBD in inflammation inhibition. Extracellular matrix related genes were also analyzed, considering their importance in further stages of wound healing. The extract activated skin cell matrix remodeling, but the changes were only partially cannabidiol- and β-sitosterol-dependent. The possible role of fatty acids also present in the extract is suggested. The study shows the hydrophobic flax fiber components as wound healing activators, with anti-inflammatory cannabidiol acting in synergy with sterols, and migration and proliferation promoting agents, some of which still require experimental identification. PMID:26347154

  13. Flax Fiber Hydrophobic Extract Inhibits Human Skin Cells Inflammation and Causes Remodeling of Extracellular Matrix and Wound Closure Activation.

    PubMed

    Styrczewska, Monika; Kostyn, Anna; Kulma, Anna; Majkowska-Skrobek, Grazyna; Augustyniak, Daria; Prescha, Anna; Czuj, Tadeusz; Szopa, Jan

    2015-01-01

    Inflammation is the basis of many diseases, with chronic wounds amongst them, limiting cell proliferation and tissue regeneration. Our previous preclinical study of flax fiber applied as a wound dressing and analysis of its components impact on the fibroblast transcriptome suggested flax fiber hydrophobic extract use as an anti-inflammatory and wound healing preparation. The extract contains cannabidiol (CBD), phytosterols, and unsaturated fatty acids, showing great promise in wound healing. In in vitro proliferation and wound closure tests the extract activated cell migration and proliferation. The activity of matrix metalloproteinases in skin cells was increased, suggesting activation of extracellular components remodeling. The expression of cytokines was diminished by the extract in a cannabidiol-dependent manner, but β-sitosterol can act synergistically with CBD in inflammation inhibition. Extracellular matrix related genes were also analyzed, considering their importance in further stages of wound healing. The extract activated skin cell matrix remodeling, but the changes were only partially cannabidiol- and β-sitosterol-dependent. The possible role of fatty acids also present in the extract is suggested. The study shows the hydrophobic flax fiber components as wound healing activators, with anti-inflammatory cannabidiol acting in synergy with sterols, and migration and proliferation promoting agents, some of which still require experimental identification. PMID:26347154

  14. Polymer taper bridge for silicon waveguide to single mode waveguide coupling

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    Kruse, Kevin; Middlebrook, Christopher T.

    2016-03-01

    Coupling of optical power from high-density silicon waveguides to silica optical fibers for signal routing can incur high losses and often requires complex end-face preparation/processing. Novel coupling device taper structures are proposed for low coupling loss between silicon photonic waveguides and single mode fibers are proposed and devices are fabricated and measured in terms of performance. Theoretical mode conversion models for waveguide tapers are derived for optimal device structure design and performance. Commercially viable vertical and multi-layer taper designs using polymer waveguide materials are proposed as innovative, cost-efficient, and mass-manufacturable optical coupling devices. The coupling efficiency for both designs is determined to evaluate optimal device dimensions and alignment tolerances with both silicon rib waveguides and silicon nanowire waveguides. Propagation loss as a function of waveguide roughness and metallic loss are determined and correlated to waveguide dimensions to obtain total insertion loss for the proposed taper designs. Multi-layer tapers on gold-sputtered substrates are fabricated through photolithography as proof-of-concept devices and evaluated for device loss optimization. Tapered waveguide coupling loss with Si WGs (2.74 dB) was experimentally measured with high correlation to theoretical results.

  15. Fiber

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  16. Fiber

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    ... short period of time can cause intestinal gas ( flatulence ), bloating , and abdominal cramps . This problem often goes ... 213. National Research Council. Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and ...

  17. A Practical Deconvolution Computation Algorithm to Extract 1D Spectra from 2D Images of Optical Fiber Spectroscopy

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    Guangwei, Li; Haotong, Zhang; Zhongrui, Bai

    2015-06-01

    Bolton & Schlegel presented a promising deconvolution method to extract one-dimensional (1D) spectra from a two-dimensional (2D) optical fiber spectral CCD (charge-coupled device) image. The method could eliminate the PSF (point-spread function) difference between fibers, extract spectra to the photo noise level, as well as improve the resolution. But the method is limited by its huge computation requirement and thus can not be implemented in actual data reduction. In this article, we develop a practical computation method to solve the computation problem. The new computation method can deconvolve a 2D fiber spectral image of any size with actual PSFs, which may vary with positions. Our method does not require large amounts of memory and can extract a 4 k × 4 k noise-free CCD image with 250 fibers in 2 hr. To make our method more practical, we further consider the influence of noise, which is thought to be an intrinsic ill-posed problem in deconvolution algorithms. We modify our method with a Tikhonov regularization item to depress the method induced noise. We do a series of simulations to test how our method performs under more real situations with Poisson noise and extreme cross talk. Compared with the results of traditional extraction methods, i.e., the Aperture Extraction Method and the Profile Fitting Method, our method has the least residual and influence by cross talk. For the noise-added image, the computation speed does not depend very much on fiber distance, the signal-to-noise ratio converges in 2-4 iterations, and the computation times are about 3.5 hr for the extreme fiber distance and about 2 hr for nonextreme cases. A better balance between the computation time and result precision could be achieved by setting the precision threshold similar to the noise level. Finally, we apply our method to real LAMOST (Large sky Area Multi-Object fiber Spectroscopic Telescope; a.k.a. Guo Shou Jing Telescope) data. We find that the 1D spectrum extracted by our

  18. Vertically-tapered optical waveguide and optical spot transformer formed therefrom

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    Bakke, Thor; Sullivan, Charles T.

    2004-07-27

    An optical waveguide is disclosed in which a section of the waveguide core is vertically tapered during formation by spin coating by controlling the width of an underlying mesa structure. The optical waveguide can be formed from spin-coatable materials such as polymers, sol-gels and spin-on glasses. The vertically-tapered waveguide section can be used to provide a vertical expansion of an optical mode of light within the optical waveguide. A laterally-tapered section can be added adjacent to the vertically-tapered section to provide for a lateral expansion of the optical mode, thereby forming an optical spot-size transformer for efficient coupling of light between the optical waveguide and a single-mode optical fiber. Such a spot-size transformer can also be added to a III-V semiconductor device by post processing.

  19. PRODUCTION OF FOAMS, FIBERS AND PITCHES USING A COAL EXTRACTION PROCESS

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    Chong Chen; Elliot B. Kennel; Liviu Magean; Pete G. Stansberry; Alfred H. Stiller; John W. Zondlo

    2004-06-20

    This Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory sponsored project developed processes for converting coal feedstocks to carbon products, including coal-derived pitch, coke foams and fibers based on solvent extraction processes. A key technology is the use of hydrogenation accomplished at elevated temperatures and pressures to obtain a synthetic coal pitch. Hydrogenation, or partial direct liquefaction of coal, is used to modify the properties of raw coal such that a molten synthetic pitch can be obtained. The amount of hydrogen required to produce a synthetic pitch is about an order of magnitude less than the amount required to produce synthetic crude oil. Hence the conditions for synthetic pitch production consume very little hydrogen and can be accomplished at substantially lower pressure. In the molten state, hot filtration or centrifugation can be used to separate dissolved coal chemicals from mineral matter and insolubles (inertinite), resulting in the production of a purified hydrocarbon pitch. Alternatively, if hydrogenation is not used, aromatic hydrocarbon liquids appropriate for use as precursors to carbon products can obtained by dissolving coal in a solvent. As in the case for partial direct liquefaction pitches, undissolved coal is removed via hot filtration or centrifugation. Excess solvent is boiled off and recovered. The resultant solid material, referred to as Solvent Extracted Carbon Ore or SECO, has been used successfully to produce artificial graphite and carbon foam.

  20. Antidepressant, antioxidant and neurotrophic properties of the standardized extract of Cocos nucifera husk fiber in mice.

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    Lima, Eliane Brito Cortez; de Sousa, Caren Nádia Soares; Vasconcelos, Germana Silva; Meneses, Lucas Nascimento; E Silva Pereira, Yuri Freitas; Ximenes, Naiara Coelho; Santos Júnior, Manuel Alves; Matos, Natália Castelo Branco; Brito, Rayanne; Miron, Diogo; Leal, Luzia Kalyne Almeida Moreira; Macêdo, Danielle; Vasconcelos, Silvânia Maria Mendes

    2016-07-01

    The plant Cocos nucifera and its derivatives have shown antidepressant-like effects, although its hydroalcoholic extract has not been studied with this end in mind. Therefore, we decided to determine the antidepressant-like effects of the standardized hydroalcoholic extract of Cocos nucifera husk fiber (HECN) as well as oxidative alterations in the prefrontal cortex (PFC), hippocampus (HC) and striatum (ST), and the levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in the HC of mice. The extract was characterized based on the content of total polyphenols as well as two phenol compounds-catechin and chlorogenic acid-by HPLC-PDA. Male animals were treated per os (p.o.) for 7 days with distilled water or HECN (50, 100 or 200 mg/kg), or intraperitoneally with vitamin E (Vit E 400 mg/kg). One hour after the last drug administration, the animals were submitted to the open field test, forced swimming test (FST), tail suspension test (TST) and, immediately after the behavioral tests, had their brain removed for neurochemical determinations. The results showed that HECN100 decreased the immobility time in the FST and TST presenting, thus demonstrating an antidepressant-like effect. The administration of HECN decreased malondialdehyde levels in all doses and brain areas studied with the exception of HECN50 in the HC. The administration of HECN also decreased nitrite levels in all doses and brain regions studied. HECN100 also increased the levels of BDNF in HC of mice. In conclusion, we demonstrated that HECN has antidepressant-like properties, probably based on its antioxidant and neurotrophic effects, and is thus relevant for the treatment of depression. PMID:26857134

  1. Integrative Performance Analysis of a Novel Bone Level Tapered Implant.

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    Dard, M; Kuehne, S; Obrecht, M; Grandin, M; Helfenstein, J; Pippenger, B E

    2016-03-01

    Primary mechanical stability, as measured by maximum insertion torque and resonance frequency analysis, is generally considered to be positively associated with successful secondary stability and implant success. Primary implant stability can be affected by several factors, including the quality and quantity of available bone, the implant design, and the surgical procedure. The use of a tapered implant design, for instance, has been shown to result in good primary stability even in clinical scenarios where primary stability is otherwise difficult to achieve with traditional cylindrical implants-for example, in soft bone and for immediate placement in extraction sockets. In this study, bone-type specific drill procedures are presented for a novel Straumann bone level tapered implant that ensure maximum insertion torque values are kept within the range of 15 to 80 Ncm. The drill procedures are tested in vitro using polyurethane foam blocks of variable density, ex vivo on explanted porcine ribs (bone type 3), and finally in vivo on porcine mandibles (bone type 1). In each test site, adapted drill procedures are found to achieve a good primary stability. These results are further translated into a finite element analysis model capable of predicting primary stability of tapered implants. In conclusion, we have assessed the biomechanical behavior of a novel taper-walled implant in combination with a bone-type specific drill procedure in both synthetic and natural bone of various types, and we have developed an in silico model for predicting primary stability upon implantation. PMID:26927485

  2. Thread gauge for tapered threads

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    Brewster, A.L.

    1994-01-11

    The thread gauge permits the user to determine the pitch diameter of tapered threads at the intersection of the pitch cone and the end face of the object being measured. A pair of opposed anvils having lines of threads which match the configuration and taper of the threads on the part being measured are brought into meshing engagement with the threads on opposite sides of the part. The anvils are located linearly into their proper positions by stop fingers on the anvils that are brought into abutting engagement with the end face of the part. This places predetermined reference points of the pitch cone of the thread anvils in registration with corresponding points on the end face of the part being measured, resulting in an accurate determination of the pitch diameter at that location. The thread anvils can be arranged for measuring either internal or external threads. 13 figures.

  3. Thread gauge for tapered threads

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    Brewster, Albert L.

    1994-01-11

    The thread gauge permits the user to determine the pitch diameter of tapered threads at the intersection of the pitch cone and the end face of the object being measured. A pair of opposed anvils having lines of threads which match the configuration and taper of the threads on the part being measured are brought into meshing engagement with the threads on opposite sides of the part. The anvils are located linearly into their proper positions by stop fingers on the anvils that are brought into abutting engagement with the end face of the part. This places predetermined reference points of the pitch cone of the thread anvils in registration with corresponding points on the end face of the part being measured, resulting in an accurate determination of the pitch diameter at that location. The thread anvils can be arranged for measuring either internal or external threads.

  4. Photonic lantern with cladding-removable fibers

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    Sun, Weimin; Yan, Qi; Bi, Yao; Yu, Haijiao; Liu, Xiaoqi; Xue, Jiuling; Tian, He; Liu, Yongjun

    2014-07-01

    Recently, spectral measurement becomes an important tool in astronomy to find exoplanets etc. The fibers are used to transfer light from the focal plate to spectrometers. To get high-resolution spectrum, the input slits of the spectrometers should be as narrow as possible. In opposite, the light spots from the fibers are circle, which diameters are clearly wider than the width of the spectrometer slits. To reduce the energy loss of the fiber-guide star light, many kinds of image slicers were designed and fabricated to transform light spot from circle to linear. Some different setup of fiber slicers are introduced by different research groups around the world. The photonic lanterns are candidates of fiber slicers. Photonic lantern includes three parts: inserted fibers, preform or tubing, taped part of the preform or tubing. Usually the optical fields concentrate in the former-core area, so the light spots are not uniform from the tapered end of the lantern. We designed, fabricated and tested a special kind of photonic lantern. The special fibers consist polymer cladding and doped high-index core. The polymer cladding could be easily removed using acetone bath, while the fiber core remains in good condition. We inserted the pure high-index cores into a pure silica tubing and tapered it. During the tapering process, the gaps between the inserted fibers disappeared. Finally we can get a uniform tapered multimode fiber end. The simulation results show that the longer the taper is, the lower the loss is. The shape of the taper should be controlled carefully. A large-zone moving-flame taper machine was fabricated to make the special photonic lantern. Three samples of photonic lanterns were fabricated and tested. The lanterns with cladding-removable fibers guide light uniform in the tapered ends that means these lanterns could collect more light from those ends.

  5. Radiation Losses Due to Tapering of a Double-Core Optical Waveguide

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    Lyons, Donald R.; Khet, Myat; Pencil, Eric (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    The theoretical model we designed parameterizes the power losses as a function of .the profile shape for a tapered, single mode, optical dielectric coupler. The focus of this project is to produce a working model that determines the power losses experienced by the fibers when light crosses a taper region. This phenomenon can be examined using coupled mode theory. The optical directional coupler consists of a parallel, dual-channel, waveguide with minimal spacing between the channels to permit energy exchange. Thus, power transfer is essentially a function of the taper profile. To find the fields in the fibers, the approach used was that of solving the Helmholtz equation in cylindrical coordinates involving Bessel and modified Bessel functions depending on the location.

  6. Double-pass tapered amplifier diode laser with an output power of 1 W for an injection power of only 200 μW.

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    Bolpasi, V; von Klitzing, W

    2010-11-01

    A 1 W tapered amplifier requiring only 200 μW of injection power at 780 nm is presented in this paper. This is achieved by injecting the seeding light into the amplifier from its tapered side and feeding the amplified light back into the small side. The amplified spontaneous emission of the tapered amplifier is suppressed by 75 dB. The double-passed tapered laser, presented here, is extremely stable and reliable. The output beam remains well coupled to the optical fiber for a timescale of months, whereas the injection of the seed light did not require realignment for over a year of daily operation. PMID:21133462

  7. The influence of some vegetable extracts on the in vitro adherence of mouse and human lymphocytes to nylon fibers.

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    Lenghel, V; Radu, D L; Chirilă, P; Olinescu, A

    1995-01-01

    We found that the total watery extracts obtained from roots of various plants such as Symphytum officinale, Phytolacca americana etc, precipitate human glycoproteins, agglutinate sheep red blood cells (SRBC) and stimulate lymphocyte adherence to nylon fibers. Five out of seven extracts precipitated human gammaglobulins and one of seven obviously agglutinate SRBC. If these cells were pretreated with rabbit antibodies against SRBC, all extracts agglutinated the cells at various degrees of intensity, the most active being Phytolacca americana. The adherence of mouse but not human lymphocytes to nylon fibers was stimulated by extracts of Symphytum officinale and Phytolacca americana. This process was neither stimulated nor inhibited by Mannose (Man), Galactose (Gal), Glucose (Glc), N-acethyl Galactose (GalNAc) and N-acethyl Glucose (Glc-NAc). These biological effects of the plant extracts could be the expression of a lectin-like ability to bind various sugars other than those mentioned. The results suggest the possibility of using different extracts as means to point out the presence in serum or at the cellular level of some carbohydrates influencing the cellular adhesion, phenomenon which plays an important role in the functions of hematopoietic cells. PMID:8993111

  8. Extraction and quantification of SO2 content in wines using a hollow fiber contactor.

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    Plaza, Andrea; Romero, Julio; Silva, Wladimir; Morales, Elizabeth; Torres, Alejandra; Aguirre, María J

    2014-10-01

    Sulfites [Formula: see text] or sulfur dioxide (SO2) is a preservative widely used in fruits and fruit-derived products. This study aims to propose a membrane contactor process for the selective removal and recovery of SO2 from wines in order to obtain its reliable quantification. Currently, the aspiration and Ripper methods offer a difficult quantification of the sulfite content in red wines because they involve evaporation steps of diluted compounds and a colorimetric assay, respectively. Therefore, an inexpensive and accurate methodology is not currently available for continuous monitoring of SO2 in the liquids food industry. Red wine initially acidified at pH < 1 was treated by membrane extraction at 25 ℃. This operation is based on a hydrophobic Hollow Fiber Contactor, which separates the acidified red wine in the shell side and a diluted aqueous sodium hydroxide solution as receiving solution into the lumenside in countercurrent. Sulfite and bisulfite in the acidified red wine become molecular SO2, which is evaporated through the membrane pores filled with gas. Thus, SO2 is trapped in a colorless solution and the membrane contactor controls its transfer, decreasing experimental error induced in classical methods. Experimental results using model solutions with known concentration values of [Formula: see text] show an average extraction percentage of 98.91 after 4 min. On the other hand, two types of Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon wines were analyzed with the same system to quantify the content of free and total sulfites. Results show a good agreement between these methods and the proposed technique, which shows a lower experimental variability. PMID:23897976

  9. Protease and hemicellulase assisted extraction of dietary fiber from wastes of Cynara cardunculus.

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    Domingo, Cinthia Santo; Soria, Marcelo; Rojas, Ana M; Fissore, Eliana N; Gerschenson, Lía N

    2015-01-01

    The action of protease and hemicellulase for the extraction of fractions enriched in soluble fiber from bracts and stems of Cynara cardunculus was evaluated. Using a two-factor simplex design comprising protease amounts of 0-200 μL and hemicellulase amounts of 0-200 mg for 5 g of material, we explored the effect of a 5 h enzymatic treatment at 40 °C on the chemical composition and yield of the fractions isolated. The fractions contained inulin and pectin. In general, the protein, inulin, and polyphenol contents and also the yields were higher for fractions obtained from stems. The most marked effects were observed when enzymes were used at higher concentrations, especially for hemicellulase. The inclusion of a pre-heating step increased the yield and the inulin content for fractions isolated from bracts and stems and decreased the protein and polyphenol contents, and the galacturonic acid for bracts. These fractions, in general, contained the polyphenolic compounds monocaffeoylquinic acid, apigenin, and pinoresinol. PMID:25809605

  10. Backlight units based on light extraction from a curved optical fiber

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    Fujieda, Ichiro; Arizono, Kazuma; Nishida, Kazuki; Takigawa, Naoki

    2014-06-01

    A backlight unit is constructed by laying out a plastic optical fiber (POF) in a curved trench fabricated in a light-guide plate. First, the light leaks out of the POF at curved sections and enters the plate. Next, the light is extracted from the plate by some microstructures fabricated on the surfaces of the plate. Coupled to a laser diode, its optical power can be efficiently and uniformly delivered over a large area via the POF. In this experiment, we fabricated a 10 cm×10 cm×3 mm prototype unit with off-the-shelf components. It becomes see-through when the space around the POF is filled with index-matching oil. One can build an arbitrary-shaped planar light source by tiling multiple cells and connecting them by a POF. The light inside the POF is depleted as it propagates downstream. This can be compensated by decreasing the radii of curvature. Microstructures on the light-guide plate can distort the passage of ambient light. For a see-through unit, we can distribute them sparsely and/or use absorbers. A see-through backlight unit is a relatively unexplored device, and it might pave the way for new applications.