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  1. Modeling of a step index segmented core single mode optical fiber as a dispersion compensator

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    Basu, M.; Ghosh, D.

    2005-07-01

    A segmented core central step index dispersion compensating fiber (DCF) has been modeled by using spot size optimization technique. We have designed and optimized the DCF by suitably adjusting different fiber parameters, iEe. inner core radius (a), central relative refractive index difference ([Delta]), normalized outer core position (p), width (b) and height (h) at different values of given Petermann-II spot sizes . The studies on the propagation behavior as well as bendloss and other losses of the DCF have been presented here. The proposed design of the DCF can possess improved bend performances over single core DCFs. At the same time higher negative dispersion coefficient in the single mode region as well as considerably high value of figure of merit (FOM) for optimized fiber parameters can be achieved for smaller spot sizes of the DCF. Further, inclusion of length independent splice loss modified this conventional FOM to a slightly lesser value of modified FOM.

  2. Characteristics of diffraction beam of TE01 mode of step index fiber

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    Guo, Fuyuan; Li, Lianhuang; Zheng, Hua; Wang, Yi; Dai, Tiangui; Ke, Jinrui

    2011-11-01

    Based on the eigen equation and relationship among three normalized parameters, the approximate expression between the normalized standing parameter and the normalized frequency of TE01 mode of step index fiber is recommended. Then, the characteristics of TE01 mode field distribution is analyzed, the approximate expression between the radial coordinate for maximal amplitude of mode field and the normalized frequency is suggested. For the sake of clarifying the characteristics of diffraction far field of TE01 mode of step index fiber, its expression is given according to the scalar diffraction integral formula. Then, the approximate expression between the normalized spatial frequency for the maximal spatial frequency spectrum and the normalized frequency is suggested. Numerical calculations show that the relative error between approximate value and exact value are small than one percent within a large variable range and this indicate that these approximate expressions are relatively reasonable.

  3. Skew ray tracing in a step-index optical fiber using Geometric Algebra

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    Ang, Angeleene; McNamara, Daniel J

    2015-01-01

    We used Geometric Algebra to compute the paths of skew rays in a cylindrical, step-index multimode optical fiber. To do this, we used the vector addition form for the law of propagation, the exponential of an imaginary vector form for the law of refraction, and the juxtaposed vector product form for the law of reflection. In particular, the exponential forms of the vector rotations enables us to take advantage of the addition or subtraction of exponential arguments of two rotated vectors in the derivation of the ray tracing invariants in cylindrical and spherical coordinates. We showed that the light rays inside the optical fiber trace a polygonal helical path characterized by three invariants that relate successive reflections inside the fiber: the ray path distance, the difference in axial distances, and the difference in the azimuthal angles. We also rederived the known generalized formula for the numerical aperture for skew rays, which simplifies to the standard form for meridional rays.

  4. Efficiency of various modulation types in Step Index Polymer Optical Fiber

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    Siuzdak, Jerzy; Stepniak, Grzegorz

    2014-11-01

    Efficiency of PAM, CAP/QAM and OFDM/DMT modulation for Step Index Polymer Optical Fiber channel is analyzed theoretically. It is shown that for the same transmitted optical power and same BER they offer similar data throughputs. However, when the light source has limited dynamics the crucial factor is the peak to average power ratio of the modulating signal. This is the greatest for OFDM/DMT and smaller for CAP and PAM. Consequently, the efficiency for PAM and CAP should be comparable whereas that of DMT - inferior. This conclusion was confirmed by experimental results.

  5. Attenuation and modal dispersion models for spatially multiplexed co-propagating helical optical channels in step index fibers: Comment

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    Stepniak, Grzegorz; Bunge, Christian-Alexander

    2012-06-01

    We comment on a recent paper [J Opt Laser Technol 43 (2011) 430-436] in which the authors introduce dispersion and attenuation models of spatially multiplexed channels in step index multimode fibers. We consider the theoretical explanation of the model given in the paper incorrect.

  6. Mid-infrared supercontinuum generation spanning 1.8 octaves using step-index indium fluoride fiber pumped by a femtosecond fiber laser near 2 µm.

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    Salem, Reza; Jiang, Zack; Liu, Dongfeng; Pafchek, Robert; Gardner, David; Foy, Paul; Saad, Mohammed; Jenkins, Doug; Cable, Alex; Fendel, Peter

    2015-11-30

    A nearly two-octave wide coherent mid-infrared supercontinuum is demonstrated in a dispersion-engineered step-index indium fluoride fiber pumped near 2 µm. The pump source is an all-fiber femtosecond laser with 100 fs pulse width, 570 mW average power and 50 MHz repetition rate. The supercontinuum spectrum spans from 1.25 µm to 4.6 µm. Numerical modelling of the supercontinuum spectra show good agreement with the measurements. The coherence of the supercontinuum is calculated using a numerical model and shows a high degree of coherence across the generated bandwidth allowing it to be used for frequency comb applications. PMID:26698692

  7. Experimental investigation of PAM, CAP and DMT modulations efficiency over a double-step-index polymer optical fiber

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    Stepniak, G.; Siuzdak, J.

    2014-08-01

    Investigated was the transmission over step index POF that is 50 m/100 m long with a red DVD laser as a source and a Si p-i-n commercial photo-detector. The maximum bit rates of three modulation formats: PAM, CAP and DMT were sought. Their constellation sizes and symbol rates were varied in order to maximize FEC limited throughputs for each modulation whereas the laser operating point and relevant optical powers were maintained constant for all the modulations. The maximum throughputs were similar for PAM and CAP, namely 3.3/2 Gbit/s for PAM, and 3.15/2.1 for CAP for 50/100 m fiber, respectively. The bit rates for DMT were 2.65/1.65 Gbit/s for the respective lengths of the fiber. We attribute the inferior performance of DMT to its high value of peak to average power ratio.

  8. Radiation Effects In Multimode, Step Index Fiber Optic Delay Lines At 1300 Nm

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    Evans, Bruce D.; Maida, John L.; Varshneya, Deepak

    1990-01-01

    Fiber optic delay lines under =100 kpsi bend stress at 22 and -55°C were evalu-ated at 1300 nm during and after Co-60 irradiation and compared with similar multi-mode, low-OH, pure silica core/fluorosilica clad fibers under =10 kpsi bend stress. A very small, positive, =15% change in fiber attenuation (dB/km) was observed that suggests under high bend stress optical fibers may incur somewhat more radiation-induced attenuation than unstressed fibers. However, the influence upon overall radiation susceptibility of photonic systems deploying fiber optic delay lines with lengths up to 100 meters and under =100 kpsi stress should be negligible.

  9. High peak- and average-power pulse shaped fiber laser in the ns-regime applying step-index XLMA gain fibers

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    Dinger, R.; Grundmann, F.-P.; Hapke, C.; Ruppik, S.

    2014-03-01

    Pulsed fiber lasers and continuous-wave (cw) fiber lasers have become the tool of choice in more and more laser based industrial applications like metal cutting and welding mainly because of their robustness, compactness, high brightness, high efficiency and reasonable costs. However, to further increase the productivity with those laser types there is a great demand for even higher laser power specifications. In this context we demonstrate a pulsed high peak- and averagepower fiber laser in a Master Oscillator Power Amplifier (MOPA) configuration with selectable pulse durations between 1 ns and several hundred nanoseconds. To overcome fiber nonlinearities such as stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) and self-phase-modulation (SPM) flexible Ytterbium doped extra-large mode area (XLMA) step index fibers, prepared by novel powder-sinter technology, have been used as gain fibers. As an example, for 12 ns pulses with a repetition rate of 10 kHz, a pump power limited average laser output power of more than 400 W in combination with peak powers of more than 3.5 MW (close to self-focusing-threshold) has been achieved in stable operation. The potentials of this laser system have been further explored towards longer pulse durations in order to achieve even higher pulse energies by means of pulse shaping techniques. In addition, investigations have been conducted with reduced pulse energies and repetition rates up to 500 kHz and average powers of more than 500 W at nearly diffraction limited beam quality.

  10. Characterization of macrobend sensitivity of step index optical fibers used in intensity sensors

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    York, James F.; Nelson, Gary W.; Varshneya, Deepak

    1991-12-01

    Optical fibers are protected with a variety of materials that act as buffers and jackets. These protective coatings enhance their handling characteristics as well as their resistance to various adverse environments. It is also known that these materials can have an effect on the optical performance of the fiber. This testing explored the effect of bending and temperature variations on the optical performance of fibers protected with various materials.

  11. Space-time block code based MIMO encoding for large core step index plastic optical fiber transmission systems.

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    Raptis, Nikos; Grivas, Evangelos; Pikasis, Evangelos; Syvridis, Dimitris

    2011-05-23

    The performance of Space-Time Block Codes combined with Discrete MultiTone modulation applied in a Large Core Step-Index POF link is examined theoretically. A comparative study is performed considering several schemes that employ multiple transmitters/receivers and a fiber span of 100 m. The performance enhancement of the higher diversity order configurations is revealed by application of a Margin Adaptive Bit Loading technique that employs Chow's algorithm. Simulations results of the above schemes, in terms of Bit Error Rate as a function of the received Signal to Noise Ratio, are provided. An improvement of more than 6 dB for the required electrical SNR is observed for a 3 × 1 configuration, in order to achieve a 10(-3) BER value, as compared to a conventional Single Input Single output scheme. PMID:21643291

  12. Simplified study of guided modes in plasma cladded step-index optical fiber

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    Mishra, A. K.; Singh, O. N.

    2015-06-01

    In this paper, the effect of plasma cladding on the modal dispersion characteristics of guided modes is explored. The dispersion relation of guided modes which is derived employing the usual boundary conditions, show a strong dependency on the operating frequency. The numerical aperture of plasma cladded light guide decreases on increasing the operating frequency which is quite contrary to conventional dielectric optical fibers. Our study further revealed that this decrease in numerical aperture is more prompt at lower frequency and hence, an unusual dispersion characteristic is displayed by hybrid modes. The transverse modes display the usual dispersion characteristics with only exceptions that these modes occur in pairs with approximately equal cutoff frequency. We hope that the study will be quite useful to investigate the behavior of high power laser beam propagating through air core or hollow fibers.

  13. Ince-gauss based multiple intermodal phase-matched third-harmonic generations in a step-index silica optical fiber

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    Borne, Adrien; Katsura, Tomotaka; Félix, Corinne; Doppagne, Benjamin; Segonds, Patricia; Bencheikh, Kamel; Levenson, Juan Ariel; Boulanger, Benoit

    2016-01-01

    Several third-harmonic generation processes were performed in a single step-index germanium-doped silica optical fiber under intermodal phase-matching conditions. The nanosecond fundamental beam range between 1400 and 1600 nm. The transverse distributions of the energy were successfully modeled in the form of Ince-Gauss modes, pointing out some ellipticity of fiber core. From these experiments and theoretical calculations, we discuss the implementation of frequency degenerated triple photon generation that shares the same phase-matching condition as third-harmonic generation, which is its reverse process.

  14. Fiber optic refractive index monitor

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    Weiss, Jonathan David (Albuquerque, NM)

    2002-01-01

    A sensor for measuring the change in refractive index of a liquid uses the lowest critical angle of a normal fiber optic to achieve sensitivity when the index of the liquid is significantly less than the index of the fiber core. Another embodiment uses a liquid filled core to ensure that its index is approximately the same as the liquid being measured.

  15. Radial image transfer by cylindrical, step-index optical waveguides

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    Heacox, William D.

    1987-01-01

    The theoretical extent of image transfer by perfect, cylindrical, step-index optical waveguides is examined. Azimuthal image structure is essentially removed by such waveguides, while substantial radial image structure is transmitted. The consequences of this behavior for optical-fiber image scramblers are discussed; such devices may be unsuitable for simple photometric applications but appear to be potentially useful in reducing zonal errors in slit spectroscopy.

  16. Attenuation and bit error rate for four co-propagating spatially multiplexed optical communication channels of exactly same wavelength in step index multimode fibers

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    Murshid, Syed H.; Chakravarty, Abhijit

    2011-06-01

    Spatial domain multiplexing (SDM) utilizes co-propagation of exactly the same wavelength in optical fibers to increase the bandwidth by integer multiples. Input signals from multiple independent single mode pigtail laser sources are launched at different input angles into a single multimode carrier fiber. The SDM channels follow helical paths and traverse through the carrier fiber without interfering with each other. The optical energy from the different sources is spatially distributed and takes the form of concentric circular donut shaped rings, where each ring corresponds to an independent laser source. At the output end of the fiber these donut shaped independent channels can be separated either with the help of bulk optics or integrated concentric optical detectors. This presents the experimental setup and results for a four channel SDM system. The attenuation and bit error rate for individual channels of such a system is also presented.

  17. Fiber optic liquid refractive index sensor

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    Bhardwaj, Vanita; Gangwar, Rahul Kumar; Singh, Vinod Kumar

    2015-08-01

    In this present work we report fabrication of fiber optic liquid refractive index (RI) measurement sensor based on Michelson Interferometer method. This sensor was assembled by using graded index multimode (MM) fiber with core diameter 50 µm and the cladding of fiber was removed by simple chemical method. To perform this experiment a 2×2 3dB coupler is used. The fiber ends are then immersed in solvent and solution to provide reference and refractive index measurements, respectively. This method was successfully used to measure refractive index of Sodium Chloride (NaCl)-Water solution at different concentrations. The fringe contrast sensitivity of device is 92.90 dB/RIU measured in the RI range from 1.34 to 1.42 which is better than Mach-Zehnder Interferometer sensor [1] and Fabry perot based sensor [2]. The fabrication of sensor is simple, low cost and highly sensitive.

  18. Towards mid-infrared supercontinuum generation: Ge-Sb-Se mid-infrared step-index small-core optical fiber

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    Butterworth, J. H.; Jayasuriya, D.; Li, Q. Q.; Furniss, D.; Moneim, N. A.; Barney, E.; Sujecki, S.; Benson, T. M.; Sanghera, J. S.; Seddon, A. B.

    2014-02-01

    In the 21st century, cancer has become a common and feared illness. Early detection is crucial for delivering the most effective treatment of patients, yet current diagnostic tests depend upon the skill of a consultant clinician and histologist for recognition of the cancerous cells. Therefore it is necessary to develop a medical diagnostic system which can analyze and image tissue instantly, removing the margin of human error and with the additional benefit of being minimally invasive. The molecular fingerprint of biological tissue lies within the mid-infrared (IR) region of the electromagnetic spectrum, 3-25?m wavelength. This can be used to determine a tissue spectral map and provide information about the absence or existence of disease, potentially in real-time and in vivo. However, current mid-IR broadband sources are not bright enough to achieve this. One alternative is to develop broadband, mid-IR, supercontinuum generation (SCG). Chalcogenide glass optical fibers have the potential to provide such mid-IR SC light. A popular chalcogenide glass fiber type is based on Ge-As-Se. For biomedical applications it is prudent to avoid the use of arsenic, on account of its toxicity. This paper investigates replacing arsenic with antimony, towards Ge-Sb-Se smallcore optical fibers for SCG. Physical properties of candidate glass pairs are investigated for glass stability via differential thermal analysis etc. and fiber optical loss measurements of associated fibers are assessed. These results are compared to analogous arsenic-containing chalcogenide glasses and optical fibers, and conclusions are drawn focusing on whether there is potential for antimony chalcogenide glass to be used for SCG for mid-infrared medical diagnostics.

  19. Dispersion-Compensating Graded Index Multiclad Fiber

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    Ghosh, Dipankar; Basu, Mousumi

    This work reports the design optimization of a single-mode graded index multiclad dispersion-compensating fiber (DCF) with a central dip, for broadband wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) system in the C- and L-bands of an operating wavelength zone. The index profile parameters of this fiber have been adjusted to simultaneously achieve high figure of merit (FOM) as well as considerably high value of effective core areas of the fiber to minimize the nonlinear effects like self-phase modulation or cross-phase modulation. At 1,550 nm operating wavelength, an effective core area (Aeff) of 46 ?m2, which is very large compared to other reported values of DCFs, is obtained here. The average dispersion of the DCFs, in combination with conventional single-mode fiber (CSF) and small dispersion fiber (SDF), are found out to be considerably flat in the entire C- and L-band zone of operating wavelength.

  20. Biocompatible silk step-index optical waveguides

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    Applegate, Matthew B.; Perotto, Giovanni; Kaplan, David L.; Omenetto, Fiorenzo G.

    2015-01-01

    Biocompatible optical waveguides were constructed entirely of silk fibroin. A silk film (n=1.54) was encapsulated within a silk hydrogel (n=1.34) to form a robust and biocompatible waveguide. Such waveguides were made using only biologically and environmentally friendly materials without the use of harsh solvents. Light was coupled into the silk waveguides by direct incorporation of a glass optical fiber. These waveguides are extremely flexible, and strong enough to survive handling and manipulation. Cutback measurements showed propagation losses of approximately 2 dB/cm. The silk waveguides were found to be capable of guiding light through biological tissue. PMID:26600988

  1. 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.

  2. The Influences of Fiber Feature and Polymer Melt Index on Mechanical Properties of Sugarcane Fiber/Polymer

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    The Influences of Fiber Feature and Polymer Melt Index on Mechanical Properties of Sugarcane Fiber sugarcane fiber/polymer composites, the HDPE resins with a low MFI value presented high tensile and impact: sugarcane fibers; composites; fiber dimension and aspect ratio; melt flow index; HDPE INTRODUCTION Sugarcane

  3. Analysis and Design of Photonic Crystal Fibers Based on an Improved Effective-Index Method

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    Li, Hongbo; Mafi, Arash; Schülzgen, Axel; Li, Li; Temyanko, Valery L.; Peyghambarian, Nasser; Moloney, Jerome V.

    2007-05-01

    The modal characteristics of photonic crystal fibers (PCFs), with guiding cores consisting of one or seven missing airholes, are investigated with the finite element method and compared to those of step-index fibers (SIFs). To extend the applicability of the classical SIF theories to PCFs, the effective refractive index of photonic crystal cladding and the effective core radius of a PCF are studied systematically, based on simple physically consistent concepts. With the new effective cladding index and core radius of PCFs, the classical definition of the V parameter for SIFs is extended to PCFs, and a highly efficient approach based on the effective-index method is developed for the design of PCFs. The new design approach has been successfully employed to analyze the modal properties of PCF lasers with depressed-index cores and further tested by using it to effectively estimate the number of guided modes for PCFs with large cores.

  4. Reconstruction of 3D refractive index profiles of PM PANDA optical fiber using digital holographic method

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    Wahba, H. H.

    2014-10-01

    In this paper, the refractive indices distributions on the two birefringent axes of polarization maintaining (PM) PANDA type optical fiber are reconstructed. The local refraction of the incident rays crossing the PM optical fiber is considered. Off-axis digital holographic interferometric phase shifting arrangement is employed in this investigation. The recorded mutual phase shifted holograms, starts with 0° with steps of ?/4, are combined and numerically reconstructed in the image plane to obtain the optical interference phase map. Consequently, the optical phase differences due to the PM optical fiber are extracted after unwrapping and background subtraction of the enhanced optical interference phase map. The birefringence and the beat length in the two directions, fast and slow axes of PM optical fiber, of polarizations in the core region are calculated. This holographic technique and the advanced analysis of the phase shifting permit the calculation of the 3D refractive index distributions for PM PANDA optical fiber.

  5. Single Step Sintered Calcium Phosphate Fibers from Avian EGG Shell

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    Dadhich, Prabhash; Das, Bodhisatwa; Dhara, Santanu

    2013-11-01

    Different forms of calcium-phosphate (Hydoxyapatite, ?-TCP, ?-TCP, CDHA) minerals are found to be major component of bone tissue. Development of calcium-phosphate (CaP) based fibrous microstructures is of significant research interest worldwide owing to its improved mechanical properties and higher interconnectivity. Here we represent a method for single step sintered wet-spun Fibers of calcium phosphate from avian egg shells for biomedical applications. Raw egg shell powder was mixed with chitosan solution and Phosphoric acid. The mixture is milled in a ball mill overnight and then filtered. The slurry was de-aired using 100 microliter 1-octanol per 100 ml of slurry as antifoaming and wet spun in coagulation bath. Fiber was dried overnight and sintered at different temperatures for microstructure and phase analysis. Both green and sintered Fibers were physico-chemical characterized by SEM, EDX, XRD, TGA, DSC, FTIR, and stereo-zoom microscopy. The fibers obtained in this procedure are found to have highly porous interconnected structures which can provide good cell adhesion and therefore can be used for bioactive scaffold making.

  6. Templated growth of II-VI semiconductor optical fiber devices and steps towards infrared fiber lasers

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    Sazio, Pier J. A.; Sparks, Justin R.; He, Rongrui; Krishnamurthi, Mahesh; Fitzgibbons, Thomas C.; Chaudhuri, Subhasis; Baril, Neil F.; Peacock, Anna C.; Healy, Noel; Gopalan, Venkatraman; Badding, John V.

    2015-02-01

    ZnSe and other zinc chalcogenide semiconductor materials can be doped with divalent transition metal ions to create a mid-IR laser gain medium with active function in the wavelength range 2 - 5 microns and potentially beyond using frequency conversion. As a step towards fiberized laser devices, we have manufactured ZnSe semiconductor fiber waveguides with low (less than 1dB/cm at 1550nm) optical losses, as well as more complex ternary alloys with ZnSxSe(1-x) stoichiometry to potentially allow for annular heterostructures with effective and low order mode corecladding waveguiding.

  7. One-step electrospinning of cross-linked chitosan fibers.

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    Schiffman, Jessica D; Schauer, Caroline L

    2007-09-01

    Chitin is a nitrogen-rich polysaccharide that is abundant in crustaceans, mollusks, insects, and fungi and is the second most abundant organic material found in nature next to cellulose. Chitosan, the N-deacetylated derivative of chitin, is environmentally friendly, nontoxic, biodegradable, and antibacterial. Fibrous mats are typically used in industries for filter media, catalysis, and sensors. Decreasing fiber diameters within these mats causes many beneficial effects such as increased specific surface area to volume ratios. When the intrinsically beneficial effects of chitosan are combined with the enhanced properties of nanofibrous mats, applications arise in a wide range of fields, including medical, packaging, agricultural, and automotive. This is particularly important as innovative technologies that focus around bio-based materials are currently of high urgency, as they can decrease dependencies on fossil fuels. We have demonstrated that Schiff base cross-linked chitosan fibrous mats can be produced utilizing a one-step electrospinning process that is 25 times faster and, therefore, more economical than a previously reported two-step vapor-cross-linking method. These fibrous mats are insoluble in acidic, basic, and aqueous solutions for 72 h. Additionally, this improved production method results in a decreased average fiber diameter, which measures 128 +/- 40 nm. Chemical and structural analyses were conducted utilizing Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, solubility studies, and scanning electron microscopy. PMID:17696400

  8. Fiber optic trapping of low-refractive-index particles

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    Mohanty, Khyati Samarendra; Liberale, Carlo; Mohanty, Samarendra Kumar; Degiorgio, Vittorio; Cabrini, Stefano; Carpentiero, Alessandro; Garbin, Valeria; Prasciolu, Mauro; Cojoc, Dan; Di Fabrizio, Enzo

    2006-02-01

    Since the low index particles are repelled away from the highest intensity point, trapping them optically requires either a rotating Gaussian beam or optical vortex beams focused by a high numerical microscope objective. However, the short working distance of these microscope objectives puts a limit on the depth at which these particles can be manipulated. Here, we show that axicon like structure built on tip of a single mode optical fiber produces a focused beam that is able to trap low index particles. In fact, in addition to transverse trapping inside the dark conical region surrounded by high intensity ring, axial trapping is possible by the balance of scattering force against the buoyancy of the particles. The low-index particle system consisted of an emulsion of water droplets in acetophenone. When the fiber was kept horizontal, the low index spheres moved away along the beam and thus could be transported by influence of the scattering force. However in the vertical position (or at an angle) of the fiber, the particles could be trapped stably both in transverse and axial directions. Chain of such particles could also be trapped and transported together by translation of the fiber. Using escape force technique, transverse trapping force and thus efficiency for particle in Mie regime was measured. Details of these measurements and theory showed that trapping of Raleigh particle is possible with such axicon-tip fibers. This ability to manipulate low-index spheres inside complex condensed environments using such traps will throw new insights in the understanding of bubble-bubble and bubble-wall interactions, thus probing the physics behind sonoluminescence and exploring new applications in biology and medicine.

  9. Fiber comb filters based on UV-writing Bragg gratings in graded-index multimode fibers

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    Liu, Yu; Lit, John; Gu, Xijia; Wei, Li

    2005-10-01

    We report a new kind of comb filters based on fiber Bragg gratings in graded-index multimode fibers. It produces two groups of spectra with a total of 36 reflection peaks that correspond to 18 principal modes and cross coupled modes. The mode indices and wavelength spacings have been investigated theoretically and experimentally. This kind of comb filters may be used to construct multi-wavelength light sources for sensing, optical communications, and instrumentations

  10. Step Indexed Realizability Semantics for a Call-by-Value Language Based on Basic

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    Banbara, Mutsunori

    Step Indexed Realizability Semantics for a Call-by-Value Language Based on Basic Combinatorial Abstract--We propose a mathematical framework for step indexed realizability semantics of a call categorical re- alizability semantics. Our main result is soundness and adequacy of our step indexed

  11. Inline fiber interference-based refractive-index sensor

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    Gong, Zhenfeng; Zhang, Xinpu; Liu, Yun; Liu, Zigeng; Yu, Qingxu; Peng, Wei

    2014-11-01

    We report two fiber multiple-mode interferometers formed in photonic crystal fiber (PCF). The interference between the core and the cladding modes of a PCF is utilized. We use two methods to form a coupling point, and the cladding modes are excited from the fundamental core mode. One method is blowing compressed gas into the air holes and discharging at the coupling point; the air holes will expand due to gas expansion in the discharge process. Similarly, the other is discharging at the coupling point after the air is exhausted from the air holes, and the holes will contract during the process. By making another coupling point at a different location along the fiber, the proposed PCF interferometers are implemented. Experimental results show that the sensitivities of the two devices can achieve 1.54 and 1.45 nm for a 0.01 refractive index change.

  12. Fiber-integrated concept to electrically tune pulsed fiber lasers based on step-chirped fiber Bragg grating arrays.

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    Tiess, Tobias; Chojetzki, Christoph; Rothhardt, Manfred; Bartelt, Hartmut; Jäger, Matthias

    2015-07-27

    We present a novel method to discretely tune the emission wavelength of pulsed fiber-integrated lasers. As spectral filter, a step-chirped fiber Bragg grating (FBG) array is employed combining a monolithic structure with an unrivaled design freedom enabling large tuning bandwidths as well as tailored spectral characteristics towards fingerprint tuning features. Together with an electrical control mechanism ensuring programmable operation, this tuning method promotes fiber-integrated lasers to access new fields of applications e.g. in biophotonics and distributed sensing. The potential of this tuning concept is investigated based on an Ytterbium-doped fiber laser. The system shows superb emission properties including excellent wavelength stability, high spectral signal contrast (up to 50dB) and narrow linewidth (15GHz) as well as adjustable pulse durations in the nanosecond range with peak powers up to 100W. Additionally, the unique spectral potential of this method is demonstrated by realizing filter designs enabling e.g. a record tuning range of 74nm for fiber-integrated lasers. PMID:26367621

  13. Polymeric wavelength division multiplexing coupler with fiber guide and filter trench for bidirectional communication fabricated by one-step replication

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    Sugihara, Okihiro; Kaino, Toshikuni; Susanto Tan, Freddy

    2014-08-01

    We fabricated and characterized a polymeric bidirectional wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) coupler for a graded-index plastic optical fiber (GI-POF). We fabricated the device with fiber guides and a filter trench by a simple one-step soft lithography method. We evaluated the performance of the fabricated device with an optimal design structure at wavelengths of 850 and 790 nm. We determined the insertion loss, isolation, and directivity to be less than 3 dB, more than 20 dB, and more than 20 dB, respectively. We also demonstrated bidirectional communications with more than 2.5 Gbps/? for an optical fiber length of 150 m by aligning the GI-POF in the fiber guides and inserting a WDM filter in the filter trench with passive alignment.

  14. Liquid-core low-refractive-index-contrast Bragg fiber sensor Hang Qu and Maksim Skorobogatiya

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    Skorobogatiy, Maksim

    Liquid-core low-refractive-index-contrast Bragg fiber sensor Hang Qu and Maksim Skorobogatiya Genie demonstrate a low-refractive-index-contrast hollow-core Bragg fiber sensor for liquid analyte refractive index detection. The sensor operates using a resonant sensing principle--when the refractive index of a liquid

  15. Reflection noise reduction effect of graded-index plastic optical fiber in multimode fiber link.

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    Inoue, Azusa; Furukawa, Rei; Matsuura, Motoharu; Koike, Yasuhiro

    2014-06-15

    We experimentally demonstrate that a graded-index plastic optical fiber (GI POF) can significantly reduce reflection noise in a multimode fiber link with a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL). By directly observing beams backreflected to the VCSEL, we show that the noise reduction effect is closely related to random mode coupling because of light scattering by microscopic heterogeneities in the GI POF core material. This suggests that intrinsic mode coupling can lower the self-coupling efficiency of the light backreflected to the VCSEL cavity through beam quality degradation. Using GI POFs, low-cost radio-over-fiber systems for indoor networks can be realized without optical isolators or fiber end-face polishing. PMID:24978562

  16. Reflectance Imaging by Graded-Index Short Multimode Fiber

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    Sato, Manabu; Kanno, Takahiro; Ishihara, Syoutarou; Suto, Hiroshi; Takahashi, Toshihiro; Nishidate, Izumi

    2013-05-01

    The imaging condition and magnifications were measured using a graded-index multimode fiber for optical communication with a diameter of 140 µm and a length of 5 mm. The field of view was about 80 µm and the test pattern of 4.38 µm period was recognized. Reducing the background noise with the polarizer reflectance images of the weed surface were measured to show the cell shapes. There are problems such as background, distortion, and nonuniformity of image quality; however, the feasibility for minimally invasive endoscope has been shown.

  17. Two-dimensional scanning focused refractive-index microscopy and applications to refractive-index profiling of optical fibers.

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    Wang, Xiaowan; Ye, Qing; Sun, Tengqian; Wang, Jin; Deng, Zhichao; Mei, Jianchun; Zhou, Wenyuan; Zhang, Chunping; Tian, Jianguo

    2015-01-01

    The refractive-index profile (RIP) of optical fibers is of fundamental significance in determining critical fiber properties. Here, we present the application of a two-dimensional (2-D) scanning focused refractive-index microscopy (SFRIM) to accurately obtain the 2-D RIP of a graded-index optical fiber. Some modifications are made to SFRIM for better 2-D measurement. Quantitative RIP of the fiber is obtained with derivative total reflection method. The refractive-index accuracy is 0.002. The measured result is in good agreement with theoretical expectation. This method is straightforward, simple, repeatable, and free from signal distortion. This technique is suitable for symmetric and asymmetric optical fibers. The results indicate that this technique can be applied to obtain the RIPs of a wide range of materials and has broad application prospect in many fields. PMID:25638085

  18. Two-dimensional scanning focused refractive-index microscopy and applications to refractive-index profiling of optical fibers

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    Wang, Xiaowan; Ye, Qing; Sun, Tengqian; Wang, Jin; Deng, Zhichao; Mei, Jianchun; Zhou, Wenyuan; Zhang, Chunping; Tian, Jianguo

    2015-01-01

    The refractive-index profile (RIP) of optical fibers is of fundamental significance in determining critical fiber properties. Here, we present the application of a two-dimensional (2-D) scanning focused refractive-index microscopy (SFRIM) to accurately obtain the 2-D RIP of a graded-index optical fiber. Some modifications are made to SFRIM for better 2-D measurement. Quantitative RIP of the fiber is obtained with derivative total reflection method. The refractive-index accuracy is 0.002. The measured result is in good agreement with theoretical expectation. This method is straightforward, simple, repeatable, and free from signal distortion. This technique is suitable for symmetric and asymmetric optical fibers. The results indicate that this technique can be applied to obtain the RIPs of a wide range of materials and has broad application prospect in many fields.

  19. Step-index optical waveguide produced by multi-step ion implantation in LiNbO3.

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    Montanari, G B; De Nicola, P; Sugliani, S; Menin, A; Parini, A; Nubile, A; Bellanca, G; Chiarini, M; Bianconi, M; Bentini, G G

    2012-02-13

    The refractive indexes, material attenuation and damage fractions of a multi-step ion implanted Lithium Niobate (LiNbO3) waveguide were analyzed as functions of the annealing temperatures. An almost flat damage depth profile was designed to reduce the uncertainties related to the indexes profile shape, thus providing a better test-case for the characterizations. The measurements performed on the fabricated optical waveguides confirmed the predicted step-index profiles showing that the light is confined inside the damaged layer. The low measured attenuation (less than 0.8 dB/cm @ 632.8 nm) makes the obtained waveguide attractive for device fabrication. PMID:22418204

  20. Single-step electrospinning of bimodal fiber meshes for ease of cellular infiltration.

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    Gentsch, Rafael; Boysen, Bjoern; Lankenau, Andreas; Börner, Hans G

    2010-01-01

    Bimodal fiber meshes with fiber diameters differing by one order of magnitude, are electrospun in a simple one-step process, using a standard single syringe electrospin setup. The nano- and microfiber meshes combine the benefits of nanofibers (cell adhesion, proliferation) with those of microfibers (open structure, large pore size) and are therefore interesting as scaffolds for cellular infiltration. PMID:21590837

  1. PHOSPHITE STABILIZATION EFFECTS ON TWO-STEP MELT-SPUN FIBERS OF POLYLACTIDE. (R826733)

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    The effects of molecular weight stabilization on mechanical properties of polylactide (PLA) fibers are investigated. The textile-grade PLA contains a 98:02 ratio of L:D stereocenters and fibers are produced by the two step method, involving a primary quench and cold drawing. M...

  2. Towards Silk Fiber Optics: Refractive Index Characterization, Fiber Spinning, and Spinneret Analysis

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    Spitzberg, Joshua David

    Of the many biologically derived materials, whose historical record of use by humans underscores an ex-vivo utility, silk is interesting for it's contemporary repurposing from textile to biocompatible substrate. And while even within this category silk is one of several materials studied for novel repurposing, it has the unique character of being evolutionarily developed specifically for fiber spinning in vivo. The work discussed here is inspired by taking what nature has given, to explore the in vitro spinning of silk towards biocompatible fiber optics applications. A common formulation of silk used in biomedical studies for re-forming it into the various structures begins with the silkworm cocoon, which is degummed and dissolved into an aqueous solution of its miscible protein, fibroin, and post-treated to fabricate solid structures. In the first aim, the optical refractive index (RI) of various post-treatment methods is discussed towards determining RI design techniques. The methods considered in this work for re-forming a solid fiber from the reconstituted silk fibroin (RSF) solution borrow from the industrial techniques of gel spinning, and dry-spinning. In the second aim, methods are applied to RSF and quality of the spun fibers discussed. A feature common to spinning techniques is passing the (silk) material through a spinneret of specific shape. In the third aim, fluid flow through a simplified native silkworm spinneret is modeled towards bio-inspired lessons in design. In chapter 1 the history, reconstitution, are discussed towards understanding the fabrication of several optical device examples. Chapter 2 then prefaces the experiments and measurements in fiber optics by reviewing electromagnetic theory of waveguide function, and loss factors, to be considered in actual device fabrication. Chapter 3 presents results and discussion for the first aim, understanding design principles for the refractive index of RSF. From this point, industrial fiber-spinning approaches are reviewed from a theoretical and methodological perspective in chapter 4. Thus, chapter 5 presents results for the second aim, efforts to apply these techniques using RSF. Chapter 6 discusses the third aim, understanding the design of the silkworm spinneret by an idealized model of natural and reconstituted silk fibroin flow. While the ultimate goal of a structurally and optically smooth and uniform fiber remains elusive, this work serves as a guide for future efforts.

  3. Extrinsic fiber-optic Fabry-Perot interferometer sensor for refractive index measurement of optical glass

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    Chen Jihuan; Zhao Jiarong; Huang Xuguang; Huang Zhenjian

    2010-10-10

    A simple fiber-optic sensor based on Fabry-Perot interference for refractive index measurement of optical glass is investigated both theoretically and experimentally. A broadband light source is coupled into an extrinsic fiber Fabry-Perot cavity formed by the surfaces of a sensing fiber end and the measured sample. The interference signals from the cavity are reflected back into the same fiber. The refractive index of the sample can be obtained by measuring the contrast of the interference fringes. The experimental data meet with the theoretical values very well. The proposed technique is a new method for glass refractive index measurement with a simple, solid, and compact structure.

  4. Characterization of the stress and refractive-index distributions in optical fibers and fiber-based devices

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    Hebenstreit, Florian

    2011-07-01

    Optical fiber technology continues to advance rapidly as a result of the increasing demands on communication systems and the expanding use of fiber-based sensing. New optical fiber types and fiber-based communications components are required to permit higher data rates, an increased number of channels, and more flexible installation requirements. Fiber-based sensors are continually being developed for a broad range of sensing applications, including environmental, medical, structural, industrial, and military. As optical fibers and fiber-based devices continue to advance, the need to understand their fundamental physical properties increases. The residual-stress distribution (RSD) and the refractive-index distribution (RID) play fundamental roles in the operation and performance of optical fibers. Custom RIDs are used to tailor the transmission properties of fibers used for long-distance transmission and to enable fiber-based devices such as long-period fiber gratings (LPFGs). The introduction and modification of RSDs enable specialty fibers, such as polarization-maintaining fiber, and contribute to the operation of fiber-based devices. Furthermore, the RSD and the RID are inherently linked through the photoelastic effect. Therefore, both the RSD and the RID need to be characterized because these fundamental properties are coupled and affect the fabrication, operation, and performance of fibers and fiber-based devices. To characterize effectively the physical properties of optical fibers, the RSD and the RID must be measured without perturbing or destroying the optical fiber. Furthermore, the techniques used must not be limited in detecting small variations and asymmetries in all directions through the fiber. Finally, the RSD and the RID must be characterized concurrently without moving the fiber to enable the analysis of the relationship between the RSD and the RID. Although many techniques exist for characterizing the residual stress and the refractive index in optical fibers, there is no existing methodology that meets all of these requirements. Therefore, the primary objective of the research presented in this thesis was to provide a methodology that is capable of characterizing concurrently the three-dimensional RSD and RID in optical fibers and fiber-based devices. This research represents a detailed study of the requirements for characterizing optical fibers and how these requirements are met through appropriate data analysis and experimental apparatus design and implementation. To validate the developed methodology, the secondary objective of this research was to characterize both unperturbed and modified optical fibers. The RSD and the RID were measured in a standard telecommunications-grade optical fiber, Corning SMF-28. The effects of cleaving this fiber were also analyzed and the longitudinal variations that result from cleaving were explored for the first time. The fabrication of carbon-dioxide-laser-induced (CO2 -laser-induced) LPFGs was also examined. These devices provide many of the functionalities required for fiber-based communications components as well as fiber-based sensors, and they offer relaxed fabrication requirements when compared to LPFGs fabricated by other methods. The developed methodology was used to perform the first measurements of the changes that occur in the RSD and the RID during LPFG fabrication. The analysis of these measurements ties together many of the existing theories of CO2-laser-induced LPFG fabrication to present a more coherent understanding of the processes that occur. In addition, new evidence provides detailed information on the functional form of the RSD and the RID in LPFGs. This information is crucial for the modeling of LPFG behavior, for the design of LPFGs for specific applications, for the tailoring of fabrication parameters to meet design requirements, and for understanding the limitations of LPFG fabrication in commercial optical fibers. Future areas of research concerning the improvement of the developed methodology, the need to characterize other fibers and f

  5. Self-accelerating Bessel-like beam generated by graded-index multimode fiber

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    Liu, Zhihai; Wei, Yong; Zhang, Yu; Liu, Chunlan; Zhang, Yaxun; Zhao, Enming; Yang, Jun; Yuan, Libo

    2015-12-01

    We propose and demonstrate a simple method to generate a Bessel-like beam by using a graded-index multimode fiber. We splice a single-mode fiber and a graded-index multimode fiber with a defined offset (?x=20 ?m), adjust the length (L) of the graded-index multimode fiber to be 400 ?m, and then we can produce a Bessel-like beam with the transverse acceleration of 0.15464 ?m-2. The Bessel-like beam has the transverse self-accelerating properties which provides a new method for micro particles to be transported in a bending trajectories. This transverse self-accelerating Bessel-like beam generator based on the graded-index multimode fiber constitutes a new development for high-precision micro particles experiments and manipulations with its simple structure, high integration and small size.

  6. Measurement of refractive index in optical fiber prefabricated stick with scanning method

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    Zhou, Hongying; Chen, Jiabu; Gao, Qiu

    2007-12-01

    The refractive index of optical fiber Prefabricated stick has great effect on the transmission characteristic of optical fiber. Consequently, it is necessary to measure the distribution of refractive index. In this paper, a new method is proposed to measure the distribution of refractive index, which uses a thin light beam to scan the optical fiber Prefabricated stick. When a thin light beam irradiates on the optical fiber prefabricated stick, the light is converged because the optical fiber prefabricated stick acts as a columnar lens. After passing by a series of refraction, the light passes through the optical fiber prefabricated stick. Based on the model of refractive index distribution in the optical fiber prefabricated stick, the theoretic output point can be calculated. At the same time, the practical light output point can also be got through experiments. An evaluation function can be constructed with these two values. The model of refractive index distribution in the optical fiber prefabricated stick can be corrected by Monte-Carlo method gradually. At last the evaluation function value will become very little and the practical refractive index distribution can be got.

  7. Two-dimensional refractive index and stresses profiles of a homogenous bent optical fiber.

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    Ramadan, W A; Wahba, H H; Shams El-Din, M A

    2014-11-01

    We present a significant contribution to the theory of determining the refractive index profile of a bent homogenous optical fiber. In this theory we consider two different processes controlling the index profile variations. The first is the linear index variation due to stress along the bent radius, and the second is the release of this stress on the fiber surface. This release process is considered to have radial dependence on the fiber radius. These considerations enable us to construct the index profile in two dimensions normal to the optical axis, considering the refraction of light rays traversing the fiber. This theory is applied to optical homogenous bent fiber with two bending radii when they are located orthogonal to the light path of the object arm in the holographic setup (like the Mach-Zehnder interferometer). Digital holographic phase shifting interferometry is employed in this study. The recorded phase shifted holograms have been combined, reconstructed, and processed to extract the phase map of the bent optical fiber. A comparison between the extracted optical phase differences and the calculated one indicates that the refractive index profile variation should include the above mentioned two processes, which are considered as a response for stress distribution across the fiber's cross section. The experimentally obtained refractive index profiles provide the stress induced birefringence profile. Thus we are able to present a realistic induced stress profile due to bending. PMID:25402912

  8. One-step Tape Casting of Composites via Slurry on Fiber

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    deGroh, Henry C., III

    2001-01-01

    A process by which metal matrix composites can be made was presented. The process involves putting a powder slurry on fibers to make a precursor green tape. These green tapes are cut, stacked and hot pressed to form the fully dense composite. A computer program was presented which enables complete quantification and control of the process. Once some easily obtained properties of the slurry and its behavior are determined (such as the shrinkage from the wet to green state, and the density of the green tape) modification of the fiber spacing and blade height give the maker precise control of fiber volume fraction, and fiber architecture in the composite. The process was shown to be accurate and flexible through the production of a wide variety of volume fraction fiber composites made from a wide variety of fibers and powders. The most time consuming step of the tape casting process (other than hot pressing) was winding the fiber on the drum. The tape casting techniques developed resulted in high quality metal matrix composites, with ultimate tensile strength in the range of 215 ksi (1477 MPa), a strain at failure of 1.15 percent, and in fatigue at room temperature 0 to 120 ksi, n = 0.3 Hz, a 4-ply Ti-24Al-11Nb/SCS-6, 32 vol% fiber tape cast composite lasted 202,205 cycles with a maximum strain on the 100th cycle of 0.43 percent.

  9. Nondestructive determination of refractive index profile of an optical fiber: backward light scattering method.

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    Saekeang, C; Chu, P L

    1979-04-01

    A new nondestructive technique is presented for determining the refractive index profile of an optical fiber from its backscattered pattern arising from a normally incident laser beam to the fiber axis. The proposed method requires no sample preparation or index matching liquid. The principle of the method is to construct a deflection function from the measured pattern. The index profile can then be determined by the inversion of an Abel integral equation. Good agreement is obtained between the index profile determined by this technique and that measured by the near-field scanning technique. PMID:20208886

  10. Low loss two-step ion-exchanged waveguides with high surface refractive index

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    Hassanzadeh, Abdollah; Mittler, Silvia

    2011-07-01

    Two-step ion-exchanged waveguides with high surface refractive indices are fabricated under a variety of conditions. By modifying the conventional two-step ion exchange, the losses and the effective diffusion depth can be decreased without a significant effect on the surface refractive index. The influence of the first step, K+-Na+ ion exchange, performed time dependably on the surface refractive index change is investigated. Energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy is performed to establish the diffusion profiles of various ions.

  11. Performance Evaluation of Single Sideband Radio over Fiber System through Modulation Index Enhancement

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    Chen, Xiaogang; Hu, Xizhen; Huang, Dexiu

    2014-09-01

    The transmission performance of single sideband (SSB) radio over fiber (RoF) system is evaluated through tuning the modulation index of Mach-Zehnder modulator, two different data modulation schemes and the influence of fiber dispersion are considered. The quantitative simulation results validate that there exist an optimum modulation index, and the system performance could be improved if the data signal is modulated on only optical carrier or sidebands.

  12. Sensors and Actuators B 123 (2007) 594605 Fiber optic sensing of liquid refractive index

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    2007-01-01

    Sensors and Actuators B 123 (2007) 594­605 Fiber optic sensing of liquid refractive index Argha-Bhayad, a Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur 208016, India b; accepted 28 September 2006 Available online 13 November 2006 Abstract An optical fiber, partially stripped

  13. Streak camera measurements of laser pulse temporal dispersion in short graded-index optical fibers

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    Lerche, R.A.; Phillips, G.E.

    1981-08-28

    Streak camera measurements were used to determine temporal dispersion in short (5 to 30 meter) graded-index optical fibers. Results show that 50-ps, 1.06-..mu..m and 0.53-..mu..m laser pulses can be propagated without significant dispersion when care is taken to prevent propagation of energy in fiber cladding modes.

  14. Experimental study of liquid refractive index sensing based on a U-shaped optical fiber

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    Zhang, Zhi; Yan, Haitao; Li, Liben; Wang, Ming

    2013-12-01

    A U-shaped optical fiber sensing system designed to measure the refractive index of liquid had been proposed. The sensing mechanism of U-shaped optical fiber was discussed. A general single-mode fiber was bent into U-shaped and partially cladding of U-shaped fiber was corroded by HF acid buffer solution. Powers of different diameters of U-shaped fibers had been measured by many experiments. The results showed that the diameter of U-shaped fiber cladding 40 ?m and the diameter of U-shaped was 1 cm were suitable to measure liquid refractive index. Then, this U-shaped optical fiber was immersed in liquid, such as pure water, ethanol, acetone and isopropanol, respectively. The evanescent field of the U-shaped fiber should be modulated by the liquid. The optical signal in the U-shaped fiber was measured with the optical spectrum analyzers(OSA). Finally, the experimental results were analyzed, and the spectra in the air was selected as a reference. The relative intensity was obtained for the different liquid. These results showed that the relative intensity of the liquid had a good linear relationship. This sensing device could accurately demarcate refractive index of liquid. It is simple, low cost, and it can also be applied in measuring the level of liquid.

  15. Refractive index sensor based on tilted fiber Bragg grating and stimulated Brillouin scattering.

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    Shi, Xueliang; Zheng, Shilie; Chi, Hao; Jin, Xiaofeng; Zhang, Xianmin

    2012-05-01

    A Refractive index sensor based on tilted fiber Bragg grating and stimulated Brillouin scattering is proposed and demonstrated. The cladding modes of the tilted fiber Bragg grating is sensitive to the surrounding refractive index and the approach relies on refractive index dependent resonance wavelength shift of the modes. Stimulated Brillouin scattering is introduced to measure the wavelength shift due to its narrow bandwidth, which enhances the wavelength resolution to 0.25 pm and provides much higher refractive index sensitivity than traditional wavelength readout methods. This kind sensor is suitable to sense a very small variation of refractive index and the sensitivities can reach to a resolution of 1.27 × 10(-4) RIU with the refractive index ranging from 1.3405 to 1.4025 and a resolution of 2.49 × 10(-5) RIU ranging from 1.4025 to 1.4219, respectively. PMID:22565710

  16. Refractive index sensing characterization of a singlemode-claddingless-singlemode fiber structure based fiber ring cavity laser.

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    Liu, Zhi-bo; Tan, Zhongwei; Yin, Bin; Bai, Yunlong; Jian, Shuisheng

    2014-03-10

    This paper firstly demonstrated the refractive index (RI) characteristics of a singlemode-claddingless-singlemode fiber structure filter based fiber ring cavity laser sensing system. The experiment shows that the lasing wavelength shifts to red side with the ambient RI increase. Linear and parabolic fitting are both done to the measurements. The linear fitting result shows a good linearity for applications in some areas with the determination coefficient of 0.993. And a sensitivity of ~131.64nm/RIU is experimentally achieved with the aqueous solution RI ranging from 1.333 to 1.3707, which is competitively compared to other existing fiber-optic sensors. While the 2 order polynomial fitting function, which determination relationship is higher than 0.999, can be used to some more rigorous monitoring. The proposed fiber laser has a SNR of ~50dB, and 3dB bandwidth ~0.03nm. PMID:24663842

  17. The optimal design of photonic crystal optical devices with step-wise linear refractive index

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    Ma, Ji; Wu, Xiang-Yao; Li, Hai-Bo; Li, Hong; Liu, Xiao-Jing; Zhang, Si-Qi; Chen, Wan-Jin; Wu, Yi-Heng

    2015-10-01

    In the paper, we have studied one-dimensional step-wise linear photonic crystal with and without defect layer, and analyzed the effect of defect layer position, thickness, refractive index real part and imaginary part on the transmissivity, electric field distribution and output electric field intensity. By calculation, we have obtained a set of optimal parameters, which can be optimally designed optical device, such as optical amplifier, attenuator, optical diode by the step-wise linear photonic crystal.

  18. Profile dispersion characteristics in high-bandwidth graded-index optical fibers.

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    Horiguchi, M; Ohmori, Y; Takata, H

    1980-09-15

    To study profile dispersion effects on transmission bandwidth in high-bandwidth graded-index fibers, baseband frequency responses of various graded-index fibers with different profile parameters have been characterized in the 0.78-1.50-microm wavelength range. The test graded-index fibers were made by the MCVD technique. Intrinsic intermodal dispersions of these fibers were determined using a combination of a GaAlAs laser and a grating monochromator, a mode-locked Nd:YAG laser, an InGaAsP/InP laser, and stimulated Raman scattering in a single-mode fiber as the light sources. Transmission bandwidth functional dependences on wavelength are presented. The transmission bandwidth of the individual fibers changed by more than 400% within the experimental spectral range. The maximum transmission bandwidth so far observed was 3.74 GHz.km at 1.225-microm wavelength for a fiber with 0.20 N.A. Transmission bandwidth spectra were compared with computer calculated results based on Olshansky's theory. PMID:20234579

  19. Step Counts and Body Mass Index Among 9-14 Years Old Greek Schoolchildren

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    Michalopoulou, Maria; Gourgoulis, Vassilios; Kourtessis, Thomas; Kambas, Antonios; Dimitrou, Martina; Gretziou, Helen

    2011-01-01

    The main purpose of this study was the identification of the current pedometer determined physical activity levels of a large sample of 9 -14 years old Greek schoolchildren and the determination of the association between daily step counts and body mass index through the comparison of step counts among overweight, obese and normal-weight children. A total of 532 children (263 boys and 269 girls) were measured for height and weight. Their activity levels were analyzed using pedometers to measure mean steps for 7 consecutive days. Overweight and obese status was determined using the international reference standard (Cole et al., 2000). According to data analysis mean step counts ranged from 15371 to10539 for boys and from 11536 to 7893 for girls. Steps per day were significantly more for boys compared to girls. Children with normal weight performed significantly more steps per day compared to their overweight and obese classmates. Daily step counts reported in this study for 9 -14 year old schoolchildren were relatively low when compared to step counts from other European countries. Only 33.9% of the participants satisfied the body mass index referenced standards for recommended steps per day. Finally, the results of this study provide baseline information on youth pedometer determined physical activity and on youth body mass index levels. High prevalence of low daily step counts and BMI determined obesity was revealed prompting for further exploration of the relationship between objectively measured physical activity and adiposity in particular for children and adolescents that experience both health risk factors. Key points The mean steps/day taken by both boys and girls in Greece 9-14 years old were 13.446 and 10.656 respectively. Daily step counts tended to be leveled for ages 9-12 years and a significant drop in steps/day was apparent for children aged 13 -14 years. According to the IOTF criteria, 23% of the boys that participated in this study were overweight and 7.8% were obese, while in girls the respective rates were 24.8% and 4.7%. Children with normal weight performed significantly more steps/day than the overweight and the obese children. PMID:24149316

  20. Nondestructive measurement of refractive index profile of optical fiber preforms using moire technique and phase shift method

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    Ranjbar, Samaneh; Khalesifard, Hamid R.; Rasouli, Saifollah

    2006-01-01

    The refractive index profile of optical fiber preform is measured by a nondestructive technique based on Talbot interferometry. In this technique the preform is placed between two ronchi ruling gratings of 10 lines/mm and the system is illuminated by an expanded and collimated beam of He-Ne laser. In this arrangement the 2nd grating is positioned in the Talbot image of the 1st grating and the preform axis is parallel to the gratings planes. To eliminate the effect of clad on the light beam deflection during the measurements, the preform is immersed in an index matching liquid. The phase front of the laser light over the 2nd grating can be monitored by analysis of the moire pattern which is formed over there. The analysis is done by means of 4-step phase shift technique. In this technique the second grating is moved in four steps of 1/4 of the grating vector and in each step the intensity profile of the moire pattern is recorded. The phasefront can be specified by using the recorded intensities. The refractive index profile of the preform can be calculated from the changes on phasefront while the preform is placed between the gratings respect to the case when it is absent. The whole procedure is automated and computer controlled by using a CCD camera to record the moire fringes, a stepper motor for linear translation of the 2nd grating and a code in MATLAB to control the system and measurements.

  1. Reflection based Extraordinary Optical Transmission Fiber Optic Probe for Refractive Index Sensing.

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    Lan, Xinwei; Cheng, Baokai; Yang, Qingbo; Huang, Jie; Wang, Hanzheng; Ma, Yinfa; Shi, Honglan; Xiao, Hai

    2014-03-31

    Fiber optic probes for chemical sensing based on the extraordinary optical transmission (EOT) phenomenon are designed and fabricated by perforating subwavelength hole arrays on the gold film coated optical fiber endface. The device exhibits a red shift in response to the surrounding refractive index increases with high sensitivity, enabling a reflection-based refractive index sensor with a compact and simple configuration. By choosing the period of hole arrays, the sensor can be designed to operate in the near infrared telecommunication wavelength range, where the abundant source and detectors are available for easy instrumentation. The new sensor probe is demonstrated for refractive index measurement using refractive index matching fluids. The sensitivity reaches 573 nm/RIU in the 1.333~1.430 refractive index range. PMID:24574579

  2. Reflection based Extraordinary Optical Transmission Fiber Optic Probe for Refractive Index Sensing

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    Lan, Xinwei; Cheng, Baokai; Yang, Qingbo; Huang, Jie; Wang, Hanzheng; Ma, Yinfa; Shi, Honglan; Xiao, Hai

    2014-01-01

    Fiber optic probes for chemical sensing based on the extraordinary optical transmission (EOT) phenomenon are designed and fabricated by perforating subwavelength hole arrays on the gold film coated optical fiber endface. The device exhibits a red shift in response to the surrounding refractive index increases with high sensitivity, enabling a reflection-based refractive index sensor with a compact and simple configuration. By choosing the period of hole arrays, the sensor can be designed to operate in the near infrared telecommunication wavelength range, where the abundant source and detectors are available for easy instrumentation. The new sensor probe is demonstrated for refractive index measurement using refractive index matching fluids. The sensitivity reaches 573 nm/RIU in the 1.333~1.430 refractive index range. PMID:24574579

  3. Error analysis of optical fiber refractive-index profiling using the focusing method.

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    Iwai, T; Kobayashi, S

    1988-06-01

    The cause of measurement error in refractive-index profiling by the focusing method is investigated by comparison of intensity distributions and reconstructed refractive-index profiles obtained by the experiment, ray tracing, and diffraction integral. It is shown that the variations of intensity distribution and refractiveindex profile experimentally obtained are between those obtained by ray tracing and diffraction integral. Therefore, the focusing method based on ray optics generates a great deal of the measurement error for the small size fiber sample due to the diffraction. In particular, the diffraction produced by the index depression of the MCVD fiber causes much degradation of the measurement accuracy not only in the reconstruction of the index depression but also in that of the whole refractive-index profile. PMID:20531757

  4. High-refractive-index transparent coatings enhance the optical fiber cladding modes refractometric sensitivity.

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    Renoirt, Jean-Michel; Zhang, Chao; Debliquy, Marc; Olivier, Marie-Georges; Mégret, Patrice; Caucheteur, Christophe

    2013-11-18

    The high order cladding modes of standard single mode optical fiber appear in quasi-degenerate pairs corresponding to mostly radially or mostly azimuthally polarized light. In this work, we demonstrate that, in the presence of a high-refractive-index coating surrounding the fiber outer surface, the wavelength spacing between the orthogonally polarized cladding modes families can be drastically enhanced. This behavior can be advantageously exploited for refractometric sensing purposes. For this, we make use of tilted fiber Bragg gratings (TFBGs) as spectral combs to excite the orthogonally polarized cladding modes families separately. TFBGs were coated with a nanometer-scale transparent thin film characterized by a refractive index value close to 1.9, well higher than the one of pure silica. This coating brings two important assets: an ~8-fold increase in refractometric sensitivity is obtained in comparison to bare TFBGs while the sensitivity is extended to surrounding refractive index (SRI) values above 1.45. PMID:24514423

  5. Determination of Diameter and Index of Refraction of Textile Fibers by Laser Backscattering

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    H. Okuda; B. Stratton; L. Meixler; P. Efthimion; D.Mansfield

    2003-07-24

    A new method was developed to determine both diameters and indices of refraction and hence the birefringence of cylindrical textile and industrial fibers and bundles by measuring intensity patterns of the scattered light over an interval of scattering angles. The measured intensity patterns are compared with theoretical predictions (Mie theory) to determine fiber diameter and index of refraction. It is shown that the method is simple and accurate and may be useful as an on-line, noncontact diagnostic tool in real time.

  6. Cyclic Steps and Antidunes : Relating Their Features to a Suspension Index

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    Yokokawa, M.; Kishima, Y.; Parker, G.

    2010-12-01

    Cyclic Steps and Antidunes : Relating Their Features to a Suspension Index Miwa Yokokawa (1), Yasushi Kishima (1), Gary Parker (2, 3) 1: Osaka Institute of Technology, Hirakata, Osaka, Japan 2: Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, U.S.A. 3: Dept. of Geology, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, U.S.A. There are very few comparative studies of the differences in hydraulic conditions and morphologic features of bed- and water-surface-waves associated with cyclic steps and antidunes. In this study, the features of both the bed and the water surface, as well as hydraulic conditions are examined over the spectrum from antidune to cyclic steps. Experiments were performed using a flume at the Osaka Institute of Technology. The resultant features of the bedforms are as follows. In the case of antidunes, bed waves and water surface waves are in phase except when they collapse. Antidunes show several kinds of behavior; migrating downstream, standing, or migrating upstream. Upstream-migrating antidunes are divided into non-breaking, and breaking-types. Breaking antidunes appear alternatively with the plane bed state. Cyclic steps migrate upstream regularly associated with trains of hydraulic jumps, which divide each step. There is a significant change in water depth at the hydraulic jump, so that the phasing between the bed waves and water surface waves break at the each hydraulic jump. There is a kind of compromise between cyclic steps and antidunes, which we designate as “intermediate steps”. They move upstream and are associated with regular trains of hydraulic jumps. The jumps, however, occasionally collapse toward upstream. When this happens, bed waves move rapidly upstream; low-amplitude water surface waves and bed waves become in phase all over the bed shortly after the collapse. Then after some time, water surface waves become sufficiently prominent to yield regular hydraulic jumps. This cycle is then repeated.The hydraulic conditions for these bedfoms were examined using three non-dimensional parameters, i.e. the Froude Number, the Suspension Index, and the dimensionless particle size. The suspension index is a newly introduced parameter which is the ratio of the shear velocity divided by the settling velocity of the sediment (u*/Vs). Data from previous experimental studies are examined together with the present data in studying the characteristic regimes of bedform formation. In a diagram of Froude Number v.s. Suspension Index, antidunes, intermediate steps and cyclic steps can be divided along the axis of the Suspension Index. In the lowest range of the suspension index, downstream-migrating antidunes and upstream-migrating antidunes that do not break are found. The intermediate steps discussed above are located in the middle range. The highest range corresponds to cyclic steps and breaking antidunes. As described above, the Suspension Index can serve as a scale to quantify the spectrum between antidunes and cyclic steps. The use of the parameter also helps verify that suspension plays an important role in the formation and maintenance of cyclic steps.

  7. Elliptical-core two mode fiber sensors and devices incorporating photoinduced refractive index gratings

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    Greene, Jonathan A.; Miller, Mark S.; Starr, Suzanne E.; Fogg, Brian R.; Murphy, Kent A.; Claus, Richard O.; Vengsarkar, Ashish M.

    1991-01-01

    Results of experiments performed using germanium-doped, elliptical core, two-mode optical fibers whose sensitivity to strain was spatially varied through the use of chirped, refractive-index gratings permanently induced into the core using Argon-ion laser light are presented. This type of distributed sensor falls into the class of eighted-fiber sensors which, through a variety of means, weight the strain sensitivity of a fiber according to a specified spatial profile. We describe results of a weighted-fiber vibration mode filter which successfully enhances the particular vibration mode whose spatial profile corresponds to the profile of the grating chirp. We report on the high temperature survivability of such grating-based sensors and discuss the possibility of multiplexing more than one sensor within a single fiber.

  8. Gradient-index fiber-optic microprobes for minimally invasive in vivo low-coherence interferometry.

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    Reed, William A; Yan, Man F; Schnitzer, Mark J

    2002-01-01

    We describe the design, construction, and application of what are believed to be the smallest fiber-optic probes used to date during imaging or diagnosis involving low-coherence interferometry (LCI). The probes use novel fiber-optic gradient-index (GRIN) lenses fabricated by a recently developed modified chemical-vapor-deposition (MCVD) process that avoids on-axis aberrations commonly marring MCVD-fabricated GRIN substrate. Fusing GRIN fiber lenses onto single-mode fiber yields automatically aligned all-fiber probes that insert into tissue through hypodermic needles as small as 31-gauge (inner diameter, 127 mum). We demonstrate the use of such probes with LCI by measuring microscopic brain motions in vivo. PMID:18033366

  9. Refractive index sensing using V-shaped polymer optical fibers

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    Lee, Heeyoung; Hayashi, Neisei; Mizuno, Yosuke; Nakamura, Kentaro

    2015-11-01

    Although polymer optical fiber (POF) tapers with high flexibility have been used to measure the refractive indices (RIs) of liquids, their fabrication have caused some inconvenience including the need to use external heat sources or chemicals. Here, as an alternative, we develop a simple, secure, and low-cost method of measuring RIs of liquids using V-shaped bent POFs. When the bending angle is 120° (experimentally optimized), with increasing RI, the transmitted power increases almost linearly with a dependence coefficient of approximately 210 dB/RI unit.

  10. Wavelength dependence of stress-induced time of flight variations in graded-index multimode fibers

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    Kashima, N.; Kawashima, T.; Miyauchi, S.

    2015-10-01

    We investigate the wavelength dependence of stress-induced time of flight variations in graded-index multimode fibers (GI-MMFs) for wavelength ? = 1.26 ?m ?1.58 ?m, theoretically and experimentally. Calculations were made based on simple equations using the refractive index of silica fibers. We measured the wavelength dependence of stress-induced time of flight variations by a newly proposed measurement method. We confirmed the similar wavelength dependence of GI-MMFs to that for standard single mode fibers (SSMF). However, the value of them is different. We compare the experimental and theoretical results for two types of fibers. The comparison indicates that the difference of stress-induced time of flight variations between two types of fibers is mainly due to the group velocity difference. We conclude that there is no significant difference of the photo-elastic constant between the measured SSMFs and GI-MMFs. Although many properties of GI-MMFs depended on the mode power distribution in general, we conclude the dependence of stress-induced time of flight variations on mode power distribution is small for the measured fibers.

  11. Characterization of refractive index change and fabrication of long period gratings in pure silica fiber by femtosecond laser radiation

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    Ahmed, Farid; Joe, Hang-Eun; Min, Byung-Kwon; Jun, Martin B. G.

    2015-11-01

    Ultrafast laser induced refractive index (RI) change in the core of a standard telecommunication fiber is quantified using the spectral shift of an in-fiber Bragg grating (FBG) based Fabry-Perot cavity. Measured RI change is used to design and then fabricate long period grating (LPG) in pure silica core single mode fiber (SMF) employing identical laser irradiation conditions used in core index characterization. A core length of 100 ?m within the 10 mm long cavity structure is scanned with ultrafast laser pulses, and the corresponding spectral shift is used to calculate index modification. The index change of 0.000449 found in characterization process is used to simulate the LPG in pure silica fiber. Identical index modulation written in pure silica fiber by femtosecond laser radiation provides a rejection band that is in good agreement with the simulation results. The fabricated LPG sensors are also characterized for ambient temperature and RI.

  12. New SPR PCF D-type optical fiber sensor configuration for refractive index measurement

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    Santos, D. F.; Guerreiro, A.; Baptista, J. M.

    2015-09-01

    This paper presents the performance analysis of a new geometry sensing configuration for refractive index, based on surface plasmon resonance (SPR) in photonic crystal fiber (PCF) D-type optical fiber with a thin gold layer, using the finite element method (FEM). The configuration is analyzed in terms of the loss. The results are compared with a conventional SPR D-type and with a PCF D-type optical fiber sensor for refractive index measurement. The simulation results show an improvement of the sensitivity and resolution (3.70×103nm/RIU and 2.72×10-5RIU, respectively, when considering an accurately spectral variation detection of 0.1nm).

  13. High sensitivity refractive index sensor based on adiabatic tapered optical fiber deposited with nanofilm by ALD.

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    Zhu, Shan; Pang, Fufei; Huang, Sujuan; Zou, Fang; Dong, Yanhua; Wang, Tingyun

    2015-06-01

    Atomic layer deposition (ALD) technology is introduced to fabricate a high sensitivity refractive index sensor based on an adiabatic tapered optical fiber. Different thickness of Al2O3 nanofilm is coated around fiber taper precisely and uniformly under different deposition cycles. Attributed to the high refractive index of the Al2O3 nanofilm, an asymmetry Fabry-Perot like interferometer is constructed along the fiber taper. Based on the ray-optic analysis, total internal reflection happens on the nanofilm-surrounding interface. With the ambient refractive index changing, the phase delay induced by the Goos-Hänchen shift is changed. Correspondingly, the transmission resonant spectrum shifts, which can be utilized for realizing high sensitivity sensor. The high sensitivity sensor with 6008 nm/RIU is demonstrated by depositing 3000 layers Al2O3 nanofilm as the ambient refractive index is close to 1.33. This high sensitivity refractive index sensor is expected to have wide applications in biochemical sensors. PMID:26072758

  14. Use of optical fibers in spectrophotometry

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    Ramsey, Lawrence W.

    1988-01-01

    The use of single or small numbers of fiber optic fibers in astronomical spectroscopy with the goal of greater spectrophotometric and radial velocity accuracy is discussed. The properties of multimode step index fibers which are most important for this application are outlined, as are laboratory tests of currently available fibers.

  15. Kinesin-12 Kif15 targets kinetochore-fibers through an intrinsic two-step mechanism

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    Sturgill, Emma G.; Das, Dibyendu Kumar; Takizawa, Yoshimasa; Shin, Yongdae; Collier, Scott; Ohi, Melanie D.; Hwang, Wonmuk; Lang, Matthew J.; Ohi, Ryoma

    2014-01-01

    SUMMARY Proteins that recognize and act on specific subsets of microtubules (MTs) enable the varied functions of the MT cytoskeleton. We recently discovered that Kif15 localizes exclusively to kinetochore-fibers (K-fibers) [1, 2], or bundles of kinetochore-MTs within the mitotic spindle. It is currently speculated that the MT-associated protein TPX2 loads Kif15 onto spindle MTs [3–5], but this model has not been rigorously tested. Here, we show that Kif15 accumulates on MT bundles as a consequence of two inherent biochemical properties. First, Kif15 is self-repressed by its C-terminus. Second, Kif15 harbors a non-motor MT-binding site, enabling dimeric Kif15 to crosslink and slide MTs. Two-MT-binding activates Kif15, resulting in its accumulation on and motility within MT bundles but not on individual MTs. We propose that Kif15 targets K-fibers via an intrinsic two-step mechanism involving molecular unfolding and two-MT-binding. This work challenges the current model of Kif15 regulation and provides the first account of a kinesin that specifically recognizes a higher order MT array. PMID:25264249

  16. Surface Plasmon Scattering in Exposed Core Optical Fiber for Enhanced Resolution Refractive Index Sensing

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    Klantsataya, Elizaveta; François, Alexandre; Ebendorff-Heidepriem, Heike; Hoffmann, Peter; Monro, Tanya M.

    2015-01-01

    Refractometric sensors based on optical excitation of surface plasmons on the side of an optical fiber is an established sensing architecture that has enabled laboratory demonstrations of cost effective portable devices for biological and chemical applications. Here we report a Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) configuration realized in an Exposed Core Microstructured Optical Fiber (ECF) capable of optimizing both sensitivity and resolution. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of fabrication of a rough metal coating suitable for spectral interrogation of scattered plasmonic wave using chemical electroless plating technique on a 10 ?m diameter exposed core of the ECF. Performance of the sensor in terms of its refractive index sensitivity and full width at half maximum (FWHM) of SPR response is compared to that achieved with an unstructured bare core fiber with 140 ?m core diameter. The experimental improvement in FWHM, and therefore the detection limit, is found to be a factor of two (75 nm for ECF in comparison to 150 nm for the large core fiber). Refractive index sensitivity of 1800 nm/RIU was achieved for both fibers in the sensing range of aqueous environment (1.33–1.37) suitable for biosensing applications. PMID:26426022

  17. Optimization of long-period grating-based refractive index sensor by bent-fiber interference.

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    Zhang, Xinpu; Xie, Lingxiao; Zhang, Yang; Peng, Wei

    2015-11-01

    In this paper, we propose and demonstrate a novel approach to enhance the refractive index (RI) sensitivity and eliminate the temperature cross-sensitivity of a long-period grating (LPG) -based refractive index sensor by bent-fiber interference. The approach is based on a hybrid structure composed of an LPG and a bent-fiber intermodal interferometer. The bent-fiber intermodal interferometer has a simple structure, which consists of a bare fiber semi-circular bending region with a 5 mm bending radius. As the RI increases, the resonance wavelength of the LPG moves toward a shorter wavelength, while the resonance wavelength of the bent-fiber intermodal interferometer shifts to a longer wavelength. The separation of two resonance dips increases with the RI; using two resonance dips allows us to measure an RI with a higher sensitivity than if we had only used one resonance dip. However, as the temperature increases, the separation of the two resonance dips is constant. This approach can effectively enhance the RI sensitivity and eliminate temperature cross-sensitivity. PMID:26560567

  18. LLNL Measurements of Graded-Index Multi-Mode Fiber (ITF 47)

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    Saito, T.T.

    2000-05-01

    The Russian Federal Nuclear Center-All Russian Research Institute of Technical Physics, located in the Nuclear City of Snezhinsk, east of the Ural mountains and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories have been investigating the possibility of establishing a commercial optical fiber manufacturing facility. These discussions began in the summer of 1998. At that time three samples (single mode and multi-mode) of optical fiber were left at the Sandia National Laboratory. Sandia measured two of the segments and sent them to LLNL. The optical loss at 1550 nm and 1300 nm were higher than commercially available fiber. The measurements were complicated because the geometry of the fibers also did not meet specification. Since the core was not adequately centered coupling of optical energy into the fiber being tested varied widely depending on which end of the fiber was used for insertion. The results of these measurements were summarized in the informal report dated June 11, 1999, which was hand carried by Dr. Paul Herman during his July 1999 visit. During the July visit a 1.2-km long section of graded-index multimode fiber, ITF 47, was given to Herman. We had requested samples longer than the earlier ones (which were {approx}0.1 km long) in order that a cutback method could be used for the transmission measurements. The optical loss using the cutback technique and the transmission spectral measurements in the 600-1700 mn region are reported. Also physical measurements are reported of the fiber's diameter, concentricity, ellipticity and tensile strength (proof test). The test results are summarized in Table 1, ''Comparative Data for Multi-mode Optical Fiber.'' The table includes the values from the Industrial specification TIA/EIA 402AAAB, the commercial specification for Corning's 50/125 CPC6, the values measured on ITF-47 and provided by C-70, and LLNL's values for ITF-47 as well as the multimode values from the June 1999 samples.

  19. Nanowire-based refractive index sensor on the tip of an optical fiber

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    Pevec, Simon; Donlagic, Denis

    2013-05-01

    This letter presents a refractive index sensor created at the tip of an optical fiber that utilizes silica nanowire within a radius of between 225 nm and 600 nm, as a sensing element. Sensitivity in excess of 800 nm/RIU was demonstrated within an aquatic medium, while the entire sensor structure was shorter than 1 mm with a diameter equal to or less than the standard fiber diameter. The presented sensor structure is made entirely from silica and provides the mechanical protection of sensitive nanowire. The proposed sensor is thus a robust and self-sustained structure, which does not require any complex packing.

  20. Walk Ratio (Step Length/Cadence) as a Summary Index of Neuromotor Control of Gait: Application to Multiple Sclerosis

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    Rota, Viviana; Perucca, Laura; Simone, Anna; Tesio, Luigi

    2011-01-01

    In healthy adults, the step length/cadence ratio [walk ratio (WR) in mm/(steps/min) and normalized for height] is known to be constant around 6.5 mm/(step/min). It is a speed-independent index of the overall neuromotor gait control, in as much as it reflects energy expenditure, balance, between-step variability, and attentional demand. The speed…

  1. Fiber optic based multiparametric spectroscopy in vivo: Toward a new quantitative tissue vitality index

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    Kutai-Asis, Hofit; Barbiro-Michaely, Efrat; Deutsch, Assaf; Mayevsky, Avraham

    2006-02-01

    In our previous publication (Mayevsky et al SPIE 5326: 98-105, 2004) we described a multiparametric fiber optic system enabling the evaluation of 4 physiological parameters as indicators of tissue vitality. Since the correlation between the various parameters may differ in various pathophysiological conditions there is a need for an objective quantitative index that will integrate the relative changes measured in real time by the multiparametric monitoring system into a single number-vitality index. Such an approach to calculate tissue vitality index is critical for the possibility to use such an instrument in clinical environments. In the current presentation we are reporting our preliminary results indicating that calculation of an objective tissue vitality index is feasible. We used an intuitive empirical approach based on the comparison between the calculated index by the computer and the subjective evaluation made by an expert in the field of physiological monitoring. We used the in vivo brain of rats as an animal model in our current studies. The rats were exposed to anoxia, ischemia and cortical spreading depression and the responses were recorded in real time. At the end of the monitoring session the results were analyzed and the tissue vitality index was calculated offline. Mitochondrial NADH, tissue blood flow and oxy-hemoglobin were used to calculate the vitality index of the brain in vivo, where each parameter received a different weight, in each experiment type based on their significance. It was found that the mitochondrial NADH response was the main factor affected the calculated vitality index.

  2. Hybrid tilted fiber grating based refractive index and liquid level sensing system

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    Yan, Zhijun; Mou, Chengbo; Sun, Zhongyuan; Zhou, Kaimin; Wang, Hushan; Wang, Yishan; Zhao, Wei; Zhang, Lin

    2015-09-01

    We report a refractive index (RI) and liquid level sensing system based on a hybrid grating structure comprising of a 45° and an 81° tilted fiber gratings (TFGs) that have been inscribed into a single mode fiber in series. In this structure, the 45°-TFG is used as a polarizer to filter out the transverse electric (TE) component and enable the 81°-TFG operating at single polarization for RI and level sensing. The experiment results show a lower temperature cross-sensitivity, only about 7.33 pm/°C, and a higher RI sensitivity, being around 180 nm/RIU at RI=1.345 and 926 nm/RIU at RI=1.412 region, which are significantly improved in comparison with long period fiber gratings. The hybrid grating structure has also been applied as a liquid level sensor, showing 3.06 dB/mm linear peak ratio sensitivity.

  3. Femtosecond laser fabrication of long period fiber gratings and applications in refractive index sensing

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    Li, Benye; Jiang, Lan; Wang, Sumei; Tsai, Hai-Lung; Xiao, Hai

    2011-11-01

    An improved point-by-point inscription method is proposed to fabricate long period fiber gratings (LPFGs) by using a laser operating at 800 nm with 35 fs duration pulses. The sensitivity to misalignment between the core and the focus is reduced by scanning a rectangular part on the fiber. LPFGs with an attenuation depth of 20 dB are achieved within the wavelength range of 1465-1575 nm. Characterization of the temperature sensitivity and thermal stability of the LPFGs is presented. A 5.6 nm wavelength shift and a 1.2 dB decrease in the attenuation peak are observed following heat treatment at 600 °C for 4 h. The fabricated LPFGs are used as refractive index sensors. The effect of heat treatment on the response of the LPFGs to refractive index changes is also studied.

  4. 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 ? = 4.71x10(-4)/°C and dn/dT = -4.66 x10(-4) RIU/°C, respectively. PMID:26368188

  5. Putty Index: An Important Aid for the Direct Fabrication of Fiber Reinforced Composite Resin FPD.

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    Gupta, Nidhi; Singh, Kunwarjeet

    2014-12-01

    Fiber reinforced composite resin fixed partial dentures (FRCFPD) with composite resin, PFM or all ceramic pontic can be used as a short term or long term alternative to conventional fixed partial dentures or implant supported crown in young patients where conventional FPD is contraindicated (large pulp chambers) or in patient's unwilling to invasive implant placement surgical procedure and those who do not want to allow preparation of natural sound abutments for placement of retainers for FPD. FRCFPD can be successfully used for replacing missing anterior tooth (Turker and Sener, J Prosthet Dent 100:254-258, 2008), in conditions which allows minimum occlusal loading of pontic, over jet and overbite not greater than 3 mm (Ricketts, Provocations and perceptions in craniofacial orthopedics: dental science and facial art/parts 1 and 2. Rocky Mountain Orthodontics, Denver, p 7023, 1990) and structurally sound and intact abutments for the fiber reinforced matrix (Rose et al., Quintessence Int 33:579-583, 2002). The successful esthetic and functional rehabilitation of missing tooth with fiber reinforced composite resin FPD depends on accurate positioning of pontic in patient's mouth. It is difficult to hold the pontic in proper position with instrument or fingers while direct fabrication in mouth. For accurate positioning, stabilization of pontic is very important which can be achieved with putty index. Putty index maintain pontic in accurate mesiodistal, labiolingual and cervicoincisal position while fabricating FRCFPD directly. PMID:26199513

  6. Step angles to reduce the north-finding error caused by rate random walk with fiber optic gyroscope.

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    Wang, Qin; Xie, Jun; Yang, Chuanchuan; He, Changhong; Wang, Xinyue; Wang, Ziyu

    2015-10-20

    We study the relationship between the step angles and the accuracy of north finding with fiber optic gyroscopes. A north-finding method with optimized step angles is proposed to reduce the errors caused by rate random walk (RRW). Based on this method, the errors caused by both angle random walk and RRW are reduced by increasing the number of positions. For when the number of positions is even, we proposed a north-finding method with symmetric step angles that can reduce the error caused by RRW and is not affected by the azimuth angles. Experimental results show that, compared with the traditional north-finding method, the proposed methods with the optimized step angles and the symmetric step angles can reduce the north-finding errors by 67.5% and 62.5%, respectively. The method with symmetric step angles is not affected by the azimuth angles and can offer consistent high accuracy for any azimuth angles. PMID:26560383

  7. Humidity insensitive step-index polymer optical fibre Bragg grating sensors

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    Woyessa, G.; Fasano, A.; Stefani, A.; Markos, C.; Nielsen, K.; Rasmussen, H. K.; Bang, O.

    2015-09-01

    We have fabricated and characterised a humidity insensitive step index(SI) polymer optical fibre(POF) Bragg grating sensors. The fibre was made based on the injection molding technique, which is an efficient method for fast, flexible and cost effective preparation of the fibre preform. The fabricated SIPOF has a core made from TOPAS with a glass transition temperature of 134°C and a cladding from ZEONEX with a glass transition temperature of 138°C. The main advantages of the proposed SIPOF are the low water absorption and good chemical resistance compared to the conventional poly-methyl-methacrylate (PMMA) based SIPOFs. The fibre has a minimum loss of ~6dB/m at 770nm.

  8. Graphene-deposited photonic crystal fibers for continuous refractive index sensing applications.

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    Tan, Y C; Tou, Z Q; Chow, K K; Chan, C C

    2015-11-30

    We present a pilot demonstration of an optical fiber based refractive index (RI) sensor involving the deposition of graphene onto the surface of a segment of a photonic crystal fiber (PCF) in a fiber-based Mach-Zehnder Interferometer (MZI). The fabrication process is relatively simple and only involves the fusion splicing of a PCF between two single mode fibers. The deposition process relies only on the cold transfer of graphene onto the PCF segment, without the need for further physical or chemical treatment. The graphene overlay modified the sensing scheme of the MZI RI sensor, allowing the sensor to overcome limitations to its detectable RI range due to free spectral range issues. This modification also allows for continuous measurements to be obtained without the need for reference values for the range of RIs studied and brings to light the potential for simultaneous dual parameter sensing. The sensor was able to achieve a RI sensitivity of 9.4 dB/RIU for the RIs of 1.33-1.38 and a sensitivity of 17.5 dB/RIU for the RIs of 1.38-1.43. It also displayed good repeatability and the results obtained were consistent with the modeling. PMID:26698755

  9. Experimental analysis of distributed pump absorption and refractive index changes in Yb-doped fibers using acousto-optic interaction.

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    Alcusa-Sáez, E P; Díez, A; Andrés, M V

    2015-03-01

    In-fiber acousto-optic interaction is used to characterize the refractive index changes at the C band in a single-mode ytterbium-doped optical fiber under 980 nm pumping. The transmission notch created by the acoustic-induced coupling between the core mode and a cladding mode shifts to longer wavelengths when the pump is delivered to the fiber. The electronic contribution to the refractive index change is quantified from the wavelength shift. Using a time-resolved acousto-optic method, we investigate the distribution of pump absorption, and the resulting refractive index change profile, along sections of ytterbium-doped fiber exceeding 1 m long under different pump power levels. PMID:25723408

  10. A novel method to generate a self-accelerating Bessel-like beam based on graded index multimode optical fiber

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    Zhang, Yaxun; Liu, Chunlan; Yu, Zhang; Liu, Zhihai; Zhao, Enming; Yang, Jun; Yuan, Libo

    2015-09-01

    We propose and demonstrate a transverse self-accelerating Bessel-like beam generator based on a graded index multimode optical fiber(GIF). The single-mode fiber and the graded-index multimode fiber are spliced with a defined offset. The offset ?x and the GIF length L affect the final properties of the Bessel-like beam, here we choose the offset ?x=20?m and the GIF length L=430?m to be optimal. The beam accelerates along the designed parabolic path up to 250?m in z direction and 40?m in x direction, the curvature of bending is 16% (40?m/250?m, x/z). This transverse self-accelerating Bessel-like beam generator based on the graded index multimode optical fiber constitutes a new development for high-precision micro particles experiments and manipulations because of its simple structure, high integration and small size.

  11. 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

  12. Monitoring of high refractive index edible oils using coated long period fiber grating sensors

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    Coelho, Luís.; Viegas, Diana; Santos, José Luís.; de Almeida, Jose Manuel M. M.

    2015-05-01

    Monitoring the quality of high refractive index edible oils is of great importance for the human health. Uncooked edible oils in general are healthy foodstuff, olive oil in particular, however, they are frequently used for baking and cooking. High quality edible oils are made from seeds, nuts or fruits by mechanical processes. Nevertheless, once the mechanical extraction is complete, up to 15% of the oil remains in oil pomace and in the mill wastewater, which can be extracted using organic solvents, often hexane. Optical fiber sensors based on long period fiber gratings (LPFG) have very low wavelength sensitivity when the surround refractive index is higher than the refractive index of the cladding. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) coated LPFG could lead to the realization of high sensitivity chemical sensor for the food industry. In this work LPFG coated with a TiO2 thin film were successfully used for to detect small levels of hexane diluted in edible oils and for real time monitoring the thermal deterioration of edible oils. For a TiO2 coating of 30 nm a wavelength sensitivity of 1361.7 nm/RIU (or 0.97 nm / % V/V) in the 1.4610-1.4670 refractive index range was achieved, corresponding to 0 to 12 % V/V of hexane in olive oil. A sensitivity higher than 638 nm/RIU at 225 ºC was calculated, in the 1.4670-1.4735 refractive index range with a detection limit of thermal deterioration of about 1 minute.

  13. Fiber-optic refractive-index sensor for use in fresh concrete.

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    Ansari, F; Chen, Q Y

    1991-10-01

    We describe the development of a portable fiber-optic refractive-index sensor for detecting the air-bubble content in fresh concrete. The sensor uses a low-power visible laser diode as the light source. Data processing is performed in real time by a lap-top microcomputer. We introduce a new digital image-processing methodology for the interpretation of reflected-light intensity signals. Sensor performance is examined through laboratory and field studies on concrete poured at actual highway sites. PMID:20706503

  14. Temperature insensitive refractive index sensor based on concatenated long period fiber gratings

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    Tripathi, Saurabh M.; Bock, Wojtek J.; Mikulic, Predrag

    2013-10-01

    We propose and demonstrate a temperature immune biosensor based on two concatenated LPGs incorporating a suitable inter-grating-space (IGS). Compensating the thermal induced phase changes in the grating region by use of an appropriate length of the IGS the temperature insensitivity has been achieved. Using standard telecommunication grade single-mode fibers we show that a length ratio of ~8.2 is sufficient to realize the proposed temperature insensitivity. The resulting sensor shows a refractive index sensitivity of 423.28 nm/RIU displaying the capability of detecting an index variation of 2.36 × 10-6 RIU in the bio-samples. The sensor can also be applied as a temperature insensitive WMD channel isolation filter in the optical communication systems, removing the necessity of any external thermal insulation packaging.

  15. Influence of non-linear index on coherent passive beam combining of fiber lasers

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    Napartovich, A. P.; Elkin, N. N.; Vysotsky, D. V.

    2011-02-01

    Coherent laser beam combining is potentially attractive way to increase the output beam brightness beyond the limits imposed on single-mode lasers by technological problems. Passive phase locking does not need complex external management. A specific feature of fiber amplifiers and lasers is that they possess optical path differences of many wavelengths magnitude. Cold-cavity theory of coherent laser beam combining predicts in this case rather low efficiency of beam combining even for an array of 8 lasers. Experiments, in contrast, demonstrated in such systems that high degree of phasing takes place for up to 20 lasers in an array. Possible explanation of this discrepancy may be associated with a number of factors. These factors are: gain saturation, intensity-dependent index, laser wavelength self-adjustment within the gain bandwidth. Besides, high degree of phase-locking can be established in self-sustained pulse periodic or spiky regime. Our approach takes injection controlled laser as a base unit of an ensemble. Beams from the neighboring lasers are injected into the reference laser in the array. Then a relationship between reference laser characteristics and whole wave field parameters can be found. As an example, fiber laser array with global coupling is numerically simulated with laser wavelength scanned within the gain bandwidth. Non-linear index is found to improve essentially passive phasing efficiency independent of the non-linearity sign.

  16. Imaging of rat brain using short graded-index multimode fiber

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    Sato, Manabu; Kanno, Takahiro; Ishihara, Syoutarou; Suto, Hiroshi; Takahashi, Toshihiro; Kurotani, Reiko; Abe, Hiroyuki; Nishidate, Izumi

    2014-03-01

    Clinically it is important to image structures of brain at deeper areas with low invasions, for example, the pathological information is not obtained enough from the white matter. Preliminarily we have measured transmission images of rat brain using the short graded-index multimode fiber (SMMF) with the diameter of 140?m and length of 5mm. SMMF (core diameter, 100?m) was cut using a fiber cleaver and was fixed in a jig. Fiber lengths inside and outside jig were 3mm and 2mm, respectively. The jig was attached at the 20x objective lens. The conventional optical microscope was used to measure images. In basic characteristics, it was confirmed that the imaging conditions almost corresponded to calculations with the ray-transfer matrix and the spatial resolution was evaluated at about 4.4?m by measuring the test pattern. After euthanasia the rat parietal brain was excised with thickness around 1.5mm and was set on the slide glass. The tissue was illuminated through the slide glass by the bundle fiber with Halogen lamp. The tip of SMMF was inserted into the tissue by lifting the sample stage. The transmission image at each depth from 0.1mm to 1.53mm was measured. Around the depth of 1.45mm, granular structures with sizes of 4-5?m were recognized and corresponded to images by HE stained tissue. Total measurement time was within 2 hours. The feasibilities to image the depth of 5 mm with SMMF have been shown.

  17. Photonic crystal fiber refractive-index sensor based on multimode interferometry

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    Gong, Zhenfeng; Zhang, Xinpu; Liu, Yun; Liu, Zigeng; Peng, Wei

    2014-11-01

    We report a type of multimode fiber interferometers (MMI) formed in photonic crystal fiber (PCF). To excite the cladding modes from the fundamental core mode of a PCF, a coupling point is formed. To form the coupling point, we used the method that is blowing compressed gas into the air-holes and discharging at one point, and the air-holes in this point will expand due to gas expansion in the discharge process. By placing two coupling points in series, a very simple all-fiber MMI can be implemented. The detailed fabrication process is that the one end of the PCF is tightly sealed by a short section of single mode fiber (SMF) spliced to the PCF. The other end of the PCF is sealed into a gas chamber and the opened air holes are pressurized. The PCF is then heated locally by the fusion splicer and the holes with higher gas pressure will expand locally where two bubbles formed. We tested the RI responses of fabricated sensors at room temperature by immersing the sensor into solutions with different NaCl concentration. Experimental results show that as refractive-index (RI) increases, the resonance wavelength of the MMI moves toward longer wavelengths. The sensitivity coefficients are estimated by the linear fitting line, which is 46nm/RIU, 154mn/RIU with the interferometer lengths (IL) of 3mm and 6mm. The interferometer with larger IL has higher RI sensitivity. The temperature cross-sensitivity of the sensor is also tested. The temperature sensitivity can be as low as -16.0pm/°C.

  18. Examination of two-step fabrication methods for single-mode fiber compatible ion-exchanged glass waveguides.

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    Tervonen, A; Pöyhönen, P; Honkanen, S; Tahkokorpi, M; Tammela, S

    1991-01-20

    A computer model was used to study important two-step ion-exchange processes for fabrication of singlemode optical waveguides with fiberlike mode field distributions. As a first process step, a field-assisted method was calculated to have a better controllability than a diffusion method. As a second process step, field-assisted burial was found to optimize the coupling loss to fiber to 0.05 dB, but losses lower than 0.2 dB were calculated also for less complex diffusion process steps. On the basis of modeling, a solid state fabrication process was proposed, and the near field distributions of fabricated waveguides were measured to confirm the model. PMID:20581988

  19. Development of a graded index microlens based fiber optical trap and its characterization using principal component analysis

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    Nylk, J.; Kristensen, M. V. G.; Mazilu, M.; Thayil, A. K.; Mitchell, C. A.; Campbell, E. C.; Powis, S. J.; Gunn-Moore, F. J.; Dholakia, K.

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate a miniaturized single beam fiber optical trapping probe based on a high numerical aperture graded index (GRIN) micro-objective lens. This enables optical trapping at a distance of 200?m from the probe tip. The fiber trapping probe is characterized experimentally using power spectral density analysis and an original approach based on principal component analysis for accurate particle tracking. Its use for biomedical microscopy is demonstrated through optically mediated immunological synapse formation. PMID:25909032

  20. Linear compression of chirped pulses in optical fibre with large step-index mode area

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    Kobtsev, Sergei M.

    lasers for a frequency comb at 1560 nm (Cuvillier, 2006). 12. D. Deng, L. Zhan, Z. Gu, Y. Gu, and Y. Xia compression based on enhanced frequency chirping," Appl. Phys. Lett. 41(1), 1­3 (1982). 8. J. M. Wiesenfeld fibers," Appl. Phys. Lett. 42(1), 1­2 (1983). 14. M. F. Ferreira, Nonlinear effects in optical fibers

  1. Fiber Optic Sensor for the Measurement of Concentration and Refractive Index of Liquids Based on Intensity Modulation

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    Chaudhari, A. L.; Shaligram, A. D.

    This paper reports the use of fiber optic sensor consists of two-fiber probe and reflector for the measurement of concentration and refractive index of liquids based on the reflective intensity modulation. Conventionally such a sensor is used for measuring micro-displacement of fiber tip with reference to the reflector. In one of the previously reported work we have established that if the separation between fiber tips and reflector is maintained constant the same arrangement can be directly used for sensing refractive index changes of medium. The liquid under test fills the gap between probe and reflector. Depending upon the refractive index of liquid, angle of emittance will change which will decide the received output power by receiving fiber. Apart from pure solvents which have different refractive indices, there are mixtures of various types which also alter the refractive index of a given medium. The developed sensor is used to detect the concentration of the alcohols like methanol & ethylene glycol in mixture with water.

  2. Multigigabit/s perfluorinated graded-index plastic-optical-fiber data links with butt-coupled single-mode InGaAs VCSEL

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    Mederer, Felix; Jaeger, Roland; Schnitzer, Peter; Unold, Heiko J.; Kicherer, Max; Ebeling, Karl J.; Naritomi, Masaki; Yoshida, Ryouta

    1999-11-01

    Vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) with emission wavelengths in the range from 850 nm to 950 nm are highly attractive light sources for low-cost, high-speed data transmission over several hundred meters of perfluorinated graded-index plastic-optical fibers (GI- POFs). Multi-Gigabit/s data transmission over common PMA- based step-index POFs is generally limited to several meters predominantly due to dispersion. Here, we demonstrate 3 Gbit/s and 7 Gbit/s pseudo-random-bit-sequence non-return- to-zero data transmission over 80 m perfluorinated GI-POF made of CYTOP using a single mode butt-coupled selectively oxidized InGaAs VCSEL source emitting at 935 nm emission wavelength. For 3 Gbit/s data rather the received optical power for a bit error rate (BER) of 10-11 is -22.5 dBm for back-to-back (BTB). A power penalty of 1 dB is found for transmission over 100 m graded-index multimode glass fiber and 2 dB for 80 m GI-POF for 80 m GI- POF transmission. Reduced power penalty observed at 7 Gbit/s is attributed to the restricted modulation bandwidth of the VCSEL used in the experiment.

  3. Ultrasensitive refractive index sensor based on a Mach-Zehnder interferometer created in twin-core fiber.

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    Li, Zhengyong; Liao, Changrui; Wang, Yiping; Dong, Xiaopeng; Liu, Shen; Yang, Kaiming; Wang, Qiao; Zhou, Jiangtao

    2014-09-01

    We proposed and experimentally demonstrated a twin-core fiber (TCF)-based Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) to develop an ultrasensitive refractive index (RI) sensor. This fiber MZI was constructed by splicing a short section of TCF between two sections of single mode fibers. A microchannel was drilled through one core of the TCF by means of femtosecond laser micromachining to create one arm of the proposed interferometer, and the other core worked as the second arm. Such a fiber interferometer exhibits an ultrahigh RI sensitivity of -10981??nm/RIU and a low temperature cross-sensitivity of 3.96×10(-6)??RIU/°C. Moreover, the ultra-compact device size and all-fiber configuration make it very suitable for highly sensitive RI sensing at precise location. PMID:25166054

  4. Low-temperature synthesis and characterization of helical carbon fibers by one-step chemical vapour deposition

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    Jin, Yongzhong; Chen, Jian; Fu, Qingshan; Li, Binghong; Zhang, Huazhi; Gong, Yong

    2015-01-01

    Helical carbon fibers (HCNFs) were synthesized by one-step chemical vapour deposition using cupric tartrate as a catalyst at temperature below 500 °C. The bound rubber of natural rubber (NR)/HCNFs were also prepared in this study. The results of thermogravimetry-differential scanning calorimetry (TG/DSC) for cupric tartrate nanoparticles show that the transformation of C4H4CuO6 ? Cu reaction occurs at ?250-310 °C. The characterization of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectrum for the synthesized products confirms that the synthesis of HCNFs is highly temperature-dependent. The straight fibers with the fiber diameter of 100-400 nm are obtained at 280 °C and HCNFs can be synthesized at higher temperature, with the coil diameter of 0.5-1 ?m and fiber diameter of 100-200 nm at 380 °C, and the coil diameter of ?100 nm and fiber diameter of ?80 nm at 480 °C. The maximum of the bound-rubber content (37%) can be obtained with the addition of 100 wt.% HCNFs in NR, which indicates that the coiled configuration of HCNFs makes a noticeable contribution to the reinforcement of NR/CB system.

  5. Multi-core fiber interferometer using spatial light modulators for measurement of the inter-core group index differences.

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    Lee, Hee Jung; Moon, Han Seb; Choi, Sang-Kyung; Park, Hee Su

    2015-05-18

    We demonstrate an experimental technique to generate and measure arbitrary superpositions of core modes in a multi-core fiber. Two spatial light modulators couple the fundamental mode of a single-mode fiber with multiple-core modes of the MCF to constitute a Mach-Zehnder-type multi-path interferometer. The phase tunability of each path is verified by comparing two-, three-, and four-path interference patterns with the theory. Interference fringes in the wavelength domain estimates the inter-core group index differences with a resolution of 10(-5) using a fiber length of 1 m. PMID:26074510

  6. Ultra-thin silver-coated tilted fiber grating for surface and bulk refractive index measurement

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    Qiu, Xuhui; Guo, Tuan; Liu, Fu; Guan, Bai-Ou; Tam, Hwa-Yaw; Albert, Jacques

    2015-09-01

    An ultra-thin silver-coated tilted fiber Bragg grating (TFBG) sensor with clear surface plasmon resonance (SPR) together with strong evanescent wave in transmission for "surface" and "bulk" surrounding refractive index (SRI) measurement is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. The thickness of the silver coating over the fiber surface is precisely controlled at 12~16 nm (much thinner than 40~50 nm for traditional SPR excitation). The transmission spectrum of the sensor provides a fine comb of narrowband resonances that overlap with the broader absorption of the surface plasmon and thus provide a unique tool to measure small shifts of the plasmon and identify the "surface" SRI changes with high accuracy. Meanwhile, the ultra-thin nanometric-coating permits part of high-order cladding modes to become leaky modes which have a large sensitivity to variations in the background solution for "bulk" SRI measurement. Experimental results show that above two resonances have an inverse amplitude responses to the SRI changing. Biological solutions (urine of rats with different concentration of Aquaporin) with different RI ranging from 1.3400 to 1.3408 were clearly discriminated in-situ by using the differential amplitude monitoring between "cut-off" cladding resonance and plasmonic resonance, with an amplitude variation sensitivity of ~8100 dB/RIU and a limit of detection of ~10-5 RIU.

  7. Simultaneous monitoring the real and imaginary parts of the analyte refractive index using liquid-core photonic bandgap Bragg fibers.

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    Li, Jingwen; Qu, Hang; Skorobogatiy, Maksim

    2015-09-01

    We demonstrate simultaneous monitoring of the real and imaginary parts of the liquid analyte refractive index by using a hollow-core Bragg fiber. We apply this two-channel fiber sensor to monitor concentrations of various commercial cooling oils. The sensor operates using spectral monitoring of the fiber bandgap center wavelength, as well as monitoring of the fiber transmission amplitude at mid-bandgap position. The sensitivity of the fiber sensor to changes in the real part of the core refractive index is found to be 1460nm/Refractive index unit (RIU). By using spectral modality and effective medium theory, we determine the concentrations of the two commercial fluids from the measured refractive indices with an accuracy of ~0.57% for both low- and high-loss oils. Moreover, using an amplitude-based detection modality allows determination of the oil concentration with accuracy of ~1.64% for low-loss oils and ~2.81% for the high-loss oils. PMID:26368402

  8. Designing a graded index depressed clad non-zero dispersion shifted optical fiber for wide band transmission system

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    Ghosh, Dipankar; Ghosh, Debashri; Basu, Mousumi

    2008-02-01

    Non-zero dispersion shifted fibers (NZ-DSFs) find extensive use in wavelength division multiplexed (WDM) system as it reduces the non-linear effects like four-wave mixing (FWM) generation. A depressed clad graded index fiber with a central dip in the refractive index profile, as well as without dip, has been modeled to perform as an NZ-DSF using the spot size optimization technique. The performance characteristics of the proposed NZ-DSF have been studied by changing different fiber parameters; such as inner core radius (a), relative refractive index differences ([Delta]+), normalized end position of depressed clad (C), depression parameter ([rho]), etc. for a given value of Petermann-2 spot size . By suitably adjusting the fiber parameters, the effective core areas (Aeff) as simulated here are very large (~80 [mu]m2) so that the effect of non-linearities upon them can be minimized. These NZ-DSFs have also been optimized for WDM transmission system. The dispersion slopes of the proposed fibers with and without dip have been estimated which are comparable with the reported results.

  9. A Modified EPA Method 1623 that Uses Tangential Flow Hollow-Fiber Ultrafiltration and Heat Dissociation Steps to Detect Waterborne Cryptosporidum and Giardia spp.

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    This protocol describes the use of a tangential flow hollow-fiber ultrafiltration sample concentration system and a heat dissociation as alternative steps for the detection of waterborne Cryptosporidium and Giardia species using EPA Method 1623.

  10. 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 ...

  11. Comparing analysis of guided modes excitation by fundamental mode injecting through the USF, DSF, and NZDSF fibers coupled to conventional multimode fiber

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    Bourdine, Anton V.

    2004-05-01

    Comparing analysis of guided mode excitation by fundamental mode injecting through the different types of singlemode fibers, coupled to conventional multimode fiber, is proposed. Multimode fiber excitation by singlemode laser source is represented in the form of splice of singlemode and multimode fibers. Mode power redistribution, depended on fiber type, fiber parameters and launch conditions, was researched. Following types of singlemode fibers were considered: usual step index fibers (USFs), dispersion shifted fibers (DSFs) and non-zero dispersion shifted fibers (NZDSFs). The overlap integrals method for calculating mode coupling coefficients at the splice of two optical fibers with mismatched parameters is applied. Modified Gaussian approximation for determination of waveguide parameters of spliced fibers with arbitrary index profile is used. Results of mode coupling parameters calculations at splice of mentioned types singlemode fibers and conventional multimode fibers are represented.

  12. Refractive index sensor based on combination of tilted fiber Bragg grating and waist-enlarged fusion bitaper

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    Liu, Xiaohang; Zheng, Jie; Yang, Jingyi; Li, Yi; Dong, Xinyong

    2015-12-01

    Refractive index measurement by using the combination of a tilted fiber Bragg grating (TFBG) and a waist-enlarged fusion bitaper (WEFBT) is proposed and demonstrated. The both devices can couple light between core and cladding modes with coupling coefficients depending on ambient refractive index. It is found that the proposed refractive index sensor offers two measurement ranges respectively from 1.333 to 1.428 and from 1.383 to 1.453 when different sensing segment is used, in addition to advantages of reflection operation mode and intensity-modulated measurement.

  13. Ultra-high sensitivity Fabry-Perot interferometer gas refractive index fiber sensor based on photonic crystal fiber and Vernier effect.

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    Quan, Mingran; Tian, Jiajun; Yao, Yong

    2015-11-01

    An ultra-high sensitivity open-cavity Fabry-Perot interferometer (FPI) gas refractive index (RI) sensor based on the photonic crystal fiber (PCF) and Vernier effect is proposed and demonstrated. The sensor is prepared by splicing a section of PCF to a section of fiber tube fused with a section of single mode fiber. The air holes running along the cladding of the PCF enable the gas to enter or leave the cavity freely. The reflection beam from the last end face of the PCF is used to generate the Vernier effect, which significantly improves the sensitivity of the sensor. Experimental results show that the proposed sensor can provide an ultra-high RI sensitivity of 30899 nm/RIU. This sensor has potential applications in fields such as gas concentration analyzing and humidity monitoring. PMID:26512476

  14. Improved Optical Fiber Chemical Sensors

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    Egalon, Claudio O.; Rogowski, Robert S.

    1994-01-01

    Calculations, based on exact theory of optical fiber, have shown how to increase optical efficiency sensitivity of active-core, step-index-profile optical-fiber fluorosensor. Calculations result of efforts to improve efficiency of optical-fiber chemical sensor of previous concept described in "Making Optical-Fiber Chemical Sensors More Sensitive" (LAR-14525). Optical fiber chemical detector of enhanced sensitivity made in several configurations. Portion of fluorescence or chemiluminescence generated in core, and launched directly into bound electromagnetic modes that propagate along core to photodetector.

  15. High-contrast step-index waveguides in borate nonlinear laser crystals by 3D laser writing.

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    Rodenas, Airan; Kar, Ajoy K

    2011-08-29

    We report the ultrafast fabrication of high-contrast step-index channel waveguides in Nd(3+):YCa(4)O(BO(3))(3) borate laser crystals by means of 3D direct laser writing. Guiding up to 3.4 ?m wavelength is demonstrated for the first time in a laser written crystalline waveguide. Modeling the measured fundamental modes at the wavelengths of 1.9 µm and 3.4 µm allowed us to estimate the high laser-induced refractive index increments (index contrasts) to be 0.010 (0.59%), and 0.005 (0.29%), respectively. Confocal µ-Raman spectral imaging of the waveguides cross-sections confirmed that the cores have very well defined step profiles, and that the increase in the refractive index can be linked to the localized creation of permanent intrinsic defects. These results indicate that this crystalline waveguides are a potential candidate for the development of 3D active waveguide circuits, due to the laser and electro-optic properties of rare earth doped borate crystals. PMID:21935150

  16. Volatile profile of cashew apple juice fibers from different production steps.

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    Nobre, Ana Carolina de Oliveira; de Almeida, Áfia Suely Santos da Silva; Lemos, Ana Paula Dajtenko; Magalhães, Hilton César Rodrigues; Garruti, Deborah dos Santos

    2015-01-01

    This study aimed to determine the volatile profile of cashew apple fibers to verify which compounds are still present after successive washings and thus might be responsible for the undesirable remaining cashew-like aroma present in this co-product, which is used to formulate food products like vegetarian burgers and cereal bars. Fibers were obtained from cashew apple juice processing and washed five times in an expeller press. Compounds were analyzed by the headspace solid-phase micro extraction technique (HS-SPME) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), using a DB-5 column. Sensory analysis was also performed to compare the intensity of the cashew-like aroma of the fibers with the original juice. Altogether, 80 compounds were detected, being esters and terpenes the major chemical classes. Among the identified substances, 14 were classified as odoriferous in the literature, constituting the matrix used in the Principal Component Analysis (PCA). Odoriferous esters were substantially reduced, but many compounds were extracted by the strength used in the expeller press and remained until the last wash. Among them are the odoriferous compounds ethyl octanoate, ?-dodecalactone, (E)-2-decenal, copaene, and caryophyllene that may contribute for the mild but still perceptible cashew apple aroma in the fibers that have been pressed and washed five times. Development of a deodorization process should include reduction of pressing force and stop at the second wash, to save water and energy, thus reducing operational costs and contributing to process sustainability. PMID:26023940

  17. Dietary fiber and the glycemic index: a background paper for the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations 2012

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    Øverby, Nina Cecilie; Sonestedt, Emily; Laaksonen, David E.; Birgisdottir, Bryndis Eva

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this study is to review recent data on dietary fiber (DF) and the glycemic index (GI), with special focus on studies from the Nordic countries regarding cardiometabolic risk factors, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and total mortality. In this study, recent guidelines and scientific background papers or updates on older reports on DF and GI published between 2000 and 2011 from the US, EU, WHO, and the World Cancer Research Fund were reviewed, as well as prospective cohort and intervention studies carried out in the Nordic countries. All of the reports support the role for fiber-rich foods and DF as an important part of a healthy diet. All of the five identified Nordic papers found protective associations between high intake of DF and health outcomes; lower risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, colorectal and breast cancer. None of the reports and few of the Nordic papers found clear evidence for the GI in prevention of risk factors or diseases in healthy populations, although association was found in sub-groups, e.g. overweight and obese individuals and suggestive for prevention of type 2 diabetes. It was concluded that DF is associated with decreased risk of different chronic diseases and metabolic conditions. There is not enough evidence that choosing foods with low GI will decrease the risk of chronic diseases in the population overall. However, there is suggestive evidence that ranking food based on their GI might be of use for overweight and obese individuals. Issues regarding methodology, validity and practicality of the GI remain to be clarified. PMID:23538683

  18. Tunable comb filters and refractive index sensors based on fiber loop mirror with inline high birefringence microfiber.

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    Jin, Wa; Wang, Chao; Xuan, Haifeng; Jin, Wei

    2013-11-01

    Highly birefringent (Hi-Bi) microfiber-based fiber loop mirrors (FLMs) were studied for tunable comb filters and refractive index (RI) sensors. The use of two cascaded Hi-Bi microfibers instead of a single microfiber allows more flexibility in controlling the transmission/reflection characteristics of the FLM. The length of Hi-Bi microfibers is of the order of centimeters, one or even more than two orders of magnitude shorter than the conventional Hi-Bi fiber-based FLM devices. The transmission/reflection spectra are sensitive to the RI surrounding the microfibers, and RI sensitivity of 20,745 nm/RIU was experimentally demonstrated. PMID:24177072

  19. Ultra-thin rigid endoscope: Two-photon imaging through a graded-index multi-mode fiber

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    Sivankutty, Siddharth; Cossart, Rosa; Bouwmans, Géraud; Monneret, Serge; Rigneault, Hervé

    2015-01-01

    Rigid endoscopes like graded-index (GRIN) lenses are known tools in biological imaging, but it is conceptually difficult to miniaturize them. In this letter, we demonstrate an ultra-thin rigid endoscope with a diameter of only 125 microns. In addition, we identify a domain where two-photon endoscopic imaging with fs-pulse excitation is possible. We validate the ultra-thin rigid endoscope consisting of a few cm of graded-index multi-mode fiber by using it to acquire optically sectioned two-photon fluorescence endoscopic images of three-dimensional samples.

  20. Determination of refractive index dispersion using fiber-optic low-coherence Fabry-Perot interferometer: implementation and validation

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    Karpienko, Katarzyna; Wróbel, Maciej S.; J?drzejewska-Szczerska, Ma?gorzata

    2014-07-01

    We present the implementation and validation of low-coherence Fabry-Perot interferometer for refractive index dispersion measurements of liquids. A measurement system has been created with the use of four superluminescent diodes with different optical parameters, a fiber-optic coupler and an optical spectrum analyzer. The Fabry-Perot interferometer cavity has been formed by the fiber-optic end and mirror surfaces mounted on a micromechanical stage. The positive result of the validation procedure has been determined through statistical analysis. All obtained results were 99.999% statistically significant and were characterized by a strong positive correlation (r>0.98). The accuracy of the measured result of implemented low-coherence Fabry-Perot interferometer sensor is from 83% to 94%, which proves that the sensor can be used in the measurement of refractive index dispersion of liquids.

  1. First steps in developing a multimetric macroinvertebrate index for the Ohio River

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    Applegate, J.M.; Baumann, P.C.; Emery, E.B.; Wooten, M.S.

    2007-01-01

    The causes of degradation of aquatic systems are often complex and stem from a variety of human influences. Comprehensive, multimetric biological indices have been developed to quantify this degradation and its effect on aquatic communities, and measure subsequent recovery from anthropogenic stressors. Traditionally, such indices have concentrated on small-to medium-sized streams. Recently, however, the Ohio River Fish Index (ORFIn) was created to assess biotic integrity in the Ohio River. The goal of the present project was to begin developing a companion Ohio River multimetric index using benthic macroinvertebrates. Hester-Dendy multiplate samplers were used to evaluate benthic macroinvertebrate assemblages in relation to a gradient of water quality disturbance, represented by varying distances downstream of industrial and municipal wastewater outfalls in the Ohio River. In August 1999 and 2000, samplers were set every 100 m downstream of outfalls (12 outfalls in 1999, 22 in 2000) for 300-1000 m, as well as at upstream reference sites. Candidate metrics (n = 55) were examined to determine which have potential to detect changes in water quality downstream of outfalls. These individual measures of community structure were plotted against distance downstream of each outfall to determine their response to water quality disturbance. Values at reference and outfall sites were also compared. Metrics that are ecologically relevant and showed a response to outfall disturbance were identified as potentially valuable in a multimetric index. Multiple box plots of index scores indicated greater response to outfall disturbance during periods of low-flow, and longitudinal river-wide trends. Evaluation of other types of anthropogenic disturbance, as well as continued analysis of the effects of chemical water quality on macroinvertebrate communities in future years will facilitate further development of a multimetric benthic macroinvertebrate index to evaluate biotic integrity in the Ohio River. Copyright ?? 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  2. FRPRCS-9 Sydney, Australia Monday 13 Wednesday 15 July 2009 STEPPED ISOSTRESS METHOD FOR ARAMID FIBERS

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    Burgoyne, Chris

    Keywords: kevlar 49, technora, stepped isostress method, stress-rupture, accelerated testing, activation-term creep behaviour of Kevlar 49 and Technora. This method involves loading a single specimen, instead than TSSP, so offers several advantages. 2 MATERIALS AND EXPERIMENTAL SET-UP Kevlar 49 and Technora

  3. Ceria-based electrospun fibers for renewable fuel production via two-step thermal redox cycles for carbon dioxide splitting.

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    Gibbons, William T; Venstrom, Luke J; De Smith, Robert M; Davidson, Jane H; Jackson, Gregory S

    2014-07-21

    Zirconium-doped ceria (Ce(1-x)Zr(x)O2) was synthesized through a controlled electrospinning process as a promising approach to cost-effective, sinter-resistant material structures for high-temperature, solar-driven thermochemical redox cycles. To approximate a two-step redox cycle for solar fuel production, fibrous Ce(1-x)Zr(x)O2 with relatively low levels of Zr-doping (0 < x < 0.1) were cycled in an infrared-imaging furnace with high-temperature (up to 1500 °C) partial reduction and lower-temperature (?800 °C) reoxidation via CO2 splitting to produce CO. Increases in Zr content improve reducibility and sintering resistance, and, for x? 0.05, do not significantly slow reoxidation kinetics for CO production. Cycle stability of the fibrous Ce(1-x)Zr(x)O2 (with x = 0.025) was assessed for a range of conditions by measuring rates of O2 release during reduction and CO production during reoxidation and by assessing post-cycling fiber crystallite sizes and surface areas. Sintering increases with reduction temperature but occurs primarily along the fiber axes. Even after 108 redox cycles with reduction at 1400 °C and oxidation with CO2 at 800 °C, the fibers maintain their structure with surface areas of ?0.3 m(2) g(-1), higher than those observed in the literature for other ceria-based structures operating at similarly high temperature conditions. Total CO production and peak production rate stabilize above 3.0 mL g(-1) and 13.0 mL min(-1) g(-1), respectively. The results show the potential for electrospun oxides as sinter-resistant material structures with adequate surface area to support rapid CO2 splitting in solar thermochemical redox cycles. PMID:24914875

  4. Dietary Fiber, Carbohydrates, Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load in Relation to Breast Cancer Prognosis in the HEAL Cohort

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    Belle, Fabiën N.; Kampman, Ellen; McTiernan, Anne; Bernstein, Leslie; Baumgartner, Kathy; Baumgartner, Richard; Ambs, Anita; Ballard-Barbash, Rachel; Neuhouser, Marian L.

    2011-01-01

    Background Dietary intake of fiber, carbohydrate, glycemic index (GI), and glycemic load (GL) may influence breast cancer survival, but consistent and convincing evidence is lacking. Methods We investigated associations of dietary fiber, carbohydrates, GI, and GL with breast cancer prognosis among n=688 stage 0 to IIIA breast cancer survivors in the Health, Eating, Activity, and Lifestyle (HEAL) study. Pre- and postmenopausal women from Western Washington State, Los Angeles County, and New Mexico participated. Usual diet was assessed with a food frequency questionnaire. Total mortality, breast cancer mortality, non-fatal recurrence and second occurrence data were obtained from SEER registries and medical records. Cox proportional hazards regression estimated multivariate-adjusted hazard ratios and 95% CIs. Results During a median of 6.7 years follow-up after diagnosis, n= 106 total deaths, n=83 breast cancer-specific deaths and n=82 non-fatal recurrences were confirmed. We observed an inverse association between fiber intake and mortality. Multivariate-adjusted HRRs comparing high to low intake were 0.53 (95% CI 0.23-1.23) and 0.75 (95% CI 0.43-1.31). A threshold effect was observed whereby no additional benefit was observed for intakes >9 g/day. Fiber intake was suggestively inversely associated with breast-cancer specific mortality (HRR=0.68, 95% CI 0.27-1.70) and risk of non-fatal recurrence or second occurrence (HRR=0.68, 95% CI 0.27-1.70), but results were not statistically significant. Conclusion Dietary fiber was associated with a non-significant inverse association with breast cancer events and total mortality. Further studies to assess and confirm this relationship are needed in order to offer effective dietary strategies for breast cancer patients. Impact Increasing dietary fiber may an effective lifestyle modification strategy for breast cancer survivors. PMID:21430298

  5. Surface plasmon resonance refractive index sensor based on polymer photonic crystal fibers with nano-composite materials

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    Hao, Congjing; Lu, Ying; Wu, Baoqun; Duan, Liangcheng; Wang, Mintuo; Yao, Jianquan

    2013-09-01

    A study of polymer photonic crystal fiber (PCF) sensor coated with smart composite materials for measurements of refractive index of analyte is presented in this paper. The proposed sensor combines the characteristics of polymer PCF and composite material, which can make the confinement loss lower than the silica PCF duo to the double interaction of the polymer and silver film. The results obtained in this study demonstrate that polymer PCF sensors coated with composite material and with the polymer PCF's advantages, the sensor's feasibility can be improved further and it can be applied in a broad field, especially in biosensing platforms.

  6. A novel surrounding refractive index sensor based on the polarization characteristics of thin-cladding long-period fiber grating

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    Bai, Yukun; Zhang, Yue; Ma, Xiurong

    2015-11-01

    In this paper, a new method to measure the surrounding refractive index (SRI) is proposed. It is based on the core-only photoinduced birefringence of long-period fiber grating (LPFG). The relationship between Stokes parameters of output light polarization states and SRI is analyzed using full-vector coupled mode equations. Compared to the conventional LPFG SRI sensors, this sensing method features a fairly good linearity performance and reasonably high resolution over a much broader SRI measurement range from 1 to 1.46 which may be applied to the humidity and vapor sensing.

  7. Surface plasmon resonance based fiber optic refractive index sensor utilizing Cu/ZnO layer

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    Mishra, Satyendra Kr; Varshney, Charul; Gupta, Banshi D.

    2013-06-01

    Modeling of a miniaturized fiber optic sensor based on surface plasmon resonance (SPR) utilizing Cu/ZnO layer is presented. Attenuated total internal reflection with Kretschmann configuration is the basis of the theoretical model. The performance of the sensor is evaluated in terms of sensitivity and detection accuracy.

  8. Bending effect on modal interference in a fiber taper and sensitivity enhancement for refractive index measurement.

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    Sun, Li-Peng; Li, Jie; Tan, Yanzhen; Gao, Shuai; Jin, Long; Guan, Bai-Ou

    2013-11-01

    We demonstrate the bending effect of microfiber on interference fringes in a compact taper-based modal interferometer and sensitivity for refractive index (RI) measurement. For the bend curvature ranging from 0 to 0.283 mm(-1), the measured RI sensitivity distinctively increases from 342.5 nm/RIU (refractive-index unit) to 1192.7 nm/RIU around RI = 1.333 and from 3847.1 nm/RIU to 11006.0 nm/RIU around RI = 1.430, respectively. Theoretical analysis reveals that such enhancement is determined by the dispersion property of the intermodal index rather than other parameters, such as the variation of the straightforward evanescent field. The magnitude of sensitivity varies as a function of the microfiber bend curvature. Approaching a critical curvature (the intermodal-index dispersion factor approaches zero), the sensitivity is significantly enhanced, exhibiting great potential in RI sensing areas. PMID:24216892

  9. Treatment plan comparison of Linac step and shoot,Tomotherapy, RapidArc, and Proton therapy for prostate cancer using dosimetrical and biological index

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    Lee, Suk; Chang, Kyung Hwan; Shim, Jang Bo; Kim, Kwang Hyeon; Lee, Nam Kwon; Park, Young Je; Kim, Chul Yong; Cho, Sam Ju; Lee, Sang Hoon; Min, Chul Kee; Kim, Woo Chul; Cho, Kwang Hwan; Huh, Hyun Do; Lim, Sangwook; Shin, Dongho

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to use various dosimetrical indices to determine the best IMRT modality technique for treating patients with prostate cancer. Ten patients with prostate cancer were included in this study. Intensity modulated radiation therapy plans were designed to include different modalities, including the linac step and shoot, Tomotherapy, RapidArc, and Proton systems. Various dosimetrical indices, like the prescription isodose to target volume (PITV) ratio, conformity index (CI), homogeneity index (HI), target coverage index (TCI), modified dose homogeneity index (MHI), conformation number (CN), critical organ scoring index (COSI), and quality factor (QF) were determined to compare the different treatment plans. Biological indices such as the generalized equivalent uniform dose (gEUD), based tumor control probability (TCP), and normal tissue complication probability (NTCP) were also calculated and used to compare the treatment plans. The RapidArc plan attained better PTV coverage, as evidenc...

  10. One-step patterning of double tone high contrast and high refractive index inorganic spin-on resist

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    Zanchetta, E.; Della Giustina, G.; Brusatin, G.

    2014-09-14

    A direct one-step and low temperature micro-fabrication process, enabling to realize large area totally inorganic TiO? micro-patterns from a spin-on resist, is presented. High refractive index structures (up to 2 at 632 nm) without the need for transfer processes have been obtained by mask assisted UV lithography, exploiting photocatalytic titania properties. A distinctive feature not shared by any of the known available resists and boosting the material versatility, is that the system behaves either as a positive or as negative tone resist, depending on the process parameters and on the development chemistry. In order to explain the resist double tone behavior, deep comprehension of the lithographic process parameters optimization and of the resist chemistry and structure evolution during the lithographic process, generally uncommon in literature, is reported. Another striking property of the presented resist is that the negative tone shows a high contrast up to 19, allowing to obtain structures resolution down to 2 ?m wide. The presented process and material permit to directly fabricate different titania geometries of great importance for solar cells, photo-catalysis, and photonic crystals applications.

  11. Mode coupling in glass optical fibers and liquid-core optical fibers by three methods

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    Djordjevich, Alexandar; Savovi?, Svetislav

    2015-12-01

    We test Slemon and Wells's function and recently reported Hurand et al.'s (Appl. Opt., 50, 492-499, 2011) function for calculation of coupling characteristics in step-index optical fibers against experimental measurements and against calculations by a related method that is based on the power flow equation. Compared are the coupling length Lc (which is the fiber length where the equilibrium mode distribution is achieved) and length zs (where steady-state distribution is achieved) in three step index glass optical fibers as well as a liquid core optical fiber. The two functions, while simpler to apply being just algebraic formulas, are less accurate over a wide range of numerical apertures. It is also shown that fibers with same coupling coefficient can have much different coupling characteristics.

  12. Optical fiber Fabry-Perot interferometer cavity fabricated by femtosecond laser-induced water breakdown for refractive index sensing.

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    Liu, Yi; Qu, Shiliang

    2014-01-20

    The Fabry-Perot interferometer (FPI) cavity in a single-mode fiber with two open faces was fabricated by using the method of femtosecond laser-induced water breakdown. Then the FPI cavity was annealed by the arc discharge to greatly smooth its internal surface. The whole fabrication process features simple operation and high efficiency. The fabricated FPI cavity exhibits a perfect interferometer spectrum with reflection loss of only -3 dB and fringe visibility of almost 30 dB. It can be used as a perfectly reliable liquid refractive index sensor, as it exhibits high sensitivity (1147.48 nm/RIU), good linearity (99.93%), good repeatability, high actual measurement accuracy (1.29×10(-4)RIU), large measurement range, and good temperature insensitive characteristic. PMID:24514135

  13. Effects of Carbohydrate and Dietary Fiber Intake, Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load on HDL Metabolism in Asian Populations.

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    Yanai, Hidekatsu; Katsuyama, Hisayuki; Hamasaki, Hidetaka; Abe, Shinichi; Tada, Norio; Sako, Akahito

    2014-10-01

    High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is a lipoprotein which has anti-atherogenic property by reverse cholesterol transport from the peripheral tissues to liver. Low HDL-cholesterol (HDL-C) levels are associated with the development of coronary artery diseases (CADs). Various epidemiological studies have suggested that the development of CAD increase in individuals with less than 40 mg/dL of HDL-C. In spite of accumulation of evidences which suggest a significant association between low HDL-C and cardiovascular diseases, effects of dietary factors on HDL metabolism remained largely unknown. There may be interracial differences in effects of dietary factors on HDL metabolism. Here we reviewed published articles about effects of carbohydrate and dietary fiber intake, glycemic index (GI) and glycemic load (GL), on HDL-C metabolism, regarding meta-analyses and clinical studies performed in Asian population as important articles. Low carbohydrate intake, GI and GL may be beneficially associated with HDL metabolism. Dietary fiber intake may be favorably associated with HDL metabolism in Asian populations. PMID:25110535

  14. Refractive index modulation in photo-thermo-refractive fibers Eugeniu Rotari, Larissa Glebova, and Leonid Glebov

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    Glebov, Leon

    photo-thermo-refractive (PTR) glass. PTR glass is a fluorosilicate glass doped with cerium and silver glass doped with cerium and silver demonstrating refractive index change after UV exposure and thermal of PTR glass is due to the main dopants: cerium, silver and fluorine. Cerium in the glass matrix

  15. Comparison Of Mode Field Diameter Definitions For Various Single-Mode Fiber Structures

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    Auge, J. C.; Jeunhomme, L. B.

    1985-11-01

    The four most popular definitions of mode field diameter in single mode fibers are compared : Near-Field (or Far-Field) Gaussian fit ; Transverse Offset ; Variable Aperture Far Field ; Far-Field R MS width. We then use the values calculated for step-index matched-cladding, step-index depressed-cladding, and triangular-core dispersion-shifted fibers, for predicting the splicing losses between fibers. A classification of these various definitions is presented with respect to the exact splice loss computed for various fiber parameter mismatch and alignment errors, at 1300 nm and 1550 nm.

  16. Coupling characteristics between fundamental mode square waveguide and fiber

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    Guo, Fuyuan; Li, Lianhuang; Zheng, Hua; Wang, Yi; Ke, Jinrui; Dai, Tiangui; Lin, Xiaoming

    2012-11-01

    Based on the weakly waveguide approximation, the eigen mode field distribution of fundamental mode step index square waveguide is suggested, and the overlap integral formula between two mode field distributions is employed, the expression of coupling efficiency between fundamental mode step index square waveguide and fiber is suggested. As the values of beam propagation factors of fundamental mode step index square waveguide and fiber are closed to unit in a certain range of normalized frequency, it is rational to express the mode field distributions of fundamental mode square waveguide and fiber by the Gaussian approximation in some range of normalized frequency. As the equivalent mode field size which defined by the geometric mean of second moment mode field size and differential operator mode field size is employed to express the waist sizes of Gaussian approximation for fundamental mode step index square waveguide and fiber, the coupling characteristics between fundamental mode step index square waveguide and fiber is discussed, and a useful optimum coupling condition is suggested. The conclusions would be beneficial to the assembling technology of optical waveguide device.

  17. Egestion of asbestos fibers in Tetrahymena results in early morphological abnormalities. A step in the induction of heterogeneous cell lines?

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    Hjelm, K K

    1989-01-01

    In Tetrahymena populations exposed to crocidolite asbestos fibers, many cells develop morphological abnormalities within 1-2 hours. The abnormalities are mainly large or small protrusions or indentations, or flattened parts of the cell surface and most often located in the posterior part of the cell. They are formed repeatedly in all cells but are also continuously repaired so that the fraction of cells affected represents an equilibrium between these two processes. Their formation is connected with egestion of the large bundles of fibers formed by phagocytosis. Such effects of egestion of fibers do not seem to have been reported previously. Egestion of a bundle of fibers is much slower than for other types of undigestible residues. In contrast to normal exocytosis occurring invariably at the cytoproct, egestion of asbestos often occurs in the posterior part of the cell outside the cytoproct. To my knowledge this is the first reported case of either very slow or extra-cytoproctal egestion in Tetrahymena. Cells with large abnormalities have a greater tendency to develop into "early heterogeneous" cells than the average abnormal cell. Some of these give rise to hereditarily stable heterogeneous cell lines of Tetrahymena. The morphological abnormalities are probably caused by mechanical action of the crocidolite fibers resulting in local damage of the cytoskeletal elements responsible for normal cell shape. The heterogenous cell lines may arise when cellular structures carrying non-genic cytotactically inherited information are modified. The relevance of these ideas to the induction of cancer by asbestos is briefly discussed. PMID:2553916

  18. Nonlinear refractive index change and optical rectification in a GaN-based step quantum wells with strong built-in electric field

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    Zhang, Li

    2015-11-01

    Based on the compact density matrix approach, the linear and nonlinear refractive index change (RIC) and optical rectification (OR) coefficients in a GaN-based step QW with strong built-in electric field (BEF) have been theoretically deduced and investigated in detail. The analytical electronic state is derived by the two airy functions. And the band nonparabolicity is taken into account by using an energy dependence effective mass (EDEM) method. Numerical calculations on a four-layer AlN/GaN/AlxGa1-xN/AlN step QW are performed, and the curves for the geometric factors, the linear, the nonlinear, the total RICs and the OR coefficients as functions of the structural parameters of the step QW are discussed. The features for these curves were specified and reasons for the features were explained reasonably. It is found that the decreasing of well width Lw, and step barrier width Lb and the doped concentration x in step barrier will result in the significant enhancement of the RICs. With the decrease of Lw, Lb and x, the resonant photon energies of RIC and OR coefficients have obvious blue-shift. Moreover, the RIC and OR coefficients behave different dependence on the structural parameters of the GaN-based step QWs. The profound physical reasons are also analyzed.

  19. Volume 79, number 5 OPTICS COMMUNICATIONS 1 November 1990 Dark solitons produced by phase steps in nonlinear optical fibers

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    , number 5 OPTICS COMMUNICATIONS I November 1990 2. Dark solitons and the inverse scattering transform to the inverse scattering technique in the case of dark so- litons. Section 3 is devoted to a single phase stepVolume 79, number 5 OPTICS COMMUNICATIONS 1 November 1990 Dark solitons produced by phase steps

  20. Walking the Line: A Fibronectin Fiber-Guided Assay to Probe Early Steps of (Lymph)angiogenesis

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    Mitsi, Maria; Schulz, Martin Michael Peter; Gousopoulos, Epameinondas; Ochsenbein, Alexandra Michaela; Detmar, Michael; Vogel, Viola

    2015-01-01

    Angiogenesis and lymphangiogenesis are highly complex morphogenetic processes, central to many physiological and pathological conditions, including development, cancer metastasis, inflammation and wound healing. While it is described that extracellular matrix (ECM) fibers are involved in the spatiotemporal regulation of angiogenesis, current angiogenesis assays are not specifically designed to dissect and quantify the underlying molecular mechanisms of how the fibrillar nature of ECM regulates vessel sprouting. Even less is known about the role of the fibrillar ECM during the early stages of lymphangiogenesis. To address such questions, we introduced here an in vitro (lymph)angiogenesis assay, where we used microbeads coated with endothelial cells as simple sprouting sources and deposited them on single Fn fibers used as substrates to mimic fibrillar ECM. The fibers were deposited on a transparent substrate, suitable for live microscopic observation of the ensuing cell outgrowth events at the single cell level. Our proof-of-concept studies revealed that fibrillar Fn, compared to Fn-coated surfaces, provides far stronger sprouting and guidance cues to endothelial cells, independent of the tested mechanical strains of the Fn fibers. Additionally, we found that VEGF-A, but not VEGF-C, stimulates the collective outgrowth of lymphatic endothelial cells (LEC), while the collective outgrowth of blood vascular endothelial cells (HUVEC) was prominent even in the absence of these angiogenic factors. In addition to the findings presented here, the modularity of our assay allows for the use of different ECM or synthetic fibers as substrates, as well as of other cell types, thus expanding the range of applications in vascular biology and beyond. PMID:26689200

  1. Suppression of dynamic laser speckle signals in multimode fibers of various lengths.

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    Petoukhova, Anna L; Cleven, Ester; de Mul, Frits F M; Steenbergen, Wiendelt

    2004-04-01

    The effects of fiber coupling and fiber length on photocurrent fluctuations are studied when the light of a laser diode transmitted to and from a dynamic turbid medium by a step-index multimode fiber is studied. When the laser light is coupled asymmetrically, filling only the higher-order modes, the photocurrent fluctuations are suppressed significantly when fiber lengths of as much as 16 m are added between the laser and the medium. Addition of as much as 16 m of detection fiber, or any fiber in the case of symmetric light coupling, leads to much less or no suppression of the photocurrent fluctuations. PMID:15074413

  2. Improve the flame retardancy of cellulose fibers by grafting zinc ion.

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    Zhang, KeKe; Zong, Lu; Tan, Yeqiang; Ji, Quan; Yun, Weicai; Shi, Ran; Xia, Yanzhi

    2016-01-20

    Zinc ion as the only flame retardant of cellulose fibers was successfully grafted onto cellulose fibers. Grafting maleic anhydride onto cellulose fibers via homogeneous acylation reaction between N,N-dimethyl formamide (DMF) as the first step. Then, graft zinc ion onto the formed cellulose fibers was conducted with zinc carbonate. The resulting copolymers were characterized by FTIR. Flame retardancy and thermal degradation of zinc-ion-modified cellulose fibers (cellulose-Zn fibers) was investigated by limiting oxygen index (LOI), cone calorimeter (CONE), XRD, TG and SEM. Zinc ion could effectively improve flame retardancy and thermal degradation when its content increases up to 4.96wt%. PMID:26572337

  3. Simultaneous measurement of temperature and refractive index based on a core-offset Mach-Zehnder interferometer cascaded with a long-period fiber grating

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    Cao, Ye; Liu, Hui-ying; Tong, Zheng-rong; Yuan, Shuo; Zhao, Shun

    2015-01-01

    An all-fiber sensor based on a cascaded optical fiber device is proposed and demonstrated, and its sensor head is composed of a core-offset Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) and a long-period fiber grating (LPFG). In the experiment, two dips shaped by the intermodulation between the interference fringe of MZI and the resonant wavelength of LPFG are monitored. Experimental results show that temperature sensitivities of two dips are 0.060 7 nm/°C and 0.056 3 pm/°C, and the refractive index (RI) sensitivities are -18.025 nm/RIU and -55.06 nm/RIU, respectively. The simultaneous measurement of the temperature and external RI is demonstrated based on the sensitive matrix. Its low fabrication cost, simple configuration and high sensitivity make this sensor have potential applications in chemical and biological sensing.

  4. Building polymer fiber optic network

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    Bienias, P.; Bere?-Pawlik, E.

    2015-09-01

    The paper describes an investigation of transmission in LAN with using polymer optical fiber (POF). There were used two kinds of POF, step index plastic optical fiber (SI-POF) and graded index plastic optical fiber (GI-POF). Furthermore, the paper include a comparison between SI-POF and GI-POF and possibilities of using them. For the project's needs, new type of couplers has been designed and built, optimization has been performed to obtain the best parameters for designed couplers. Additionally, the coupler has been built from the same material, which GI-POF - PMMA is made of. Moreover, CWDM (Coarse Wavelength Division Multiplexing) transmissions is investigated to improve the network capacity.

  5. Advances in infrared fibers

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    Tao, Guangming; Abouraddy, Ayman F.

    2015-05-01

    Infrared (IR) fibers that transmit radiation at wavelengths from ~ 2 ?m up to ~ 25 ?m, a spectrum that extends across both the mid-IR (MIR) and far-IR (FIR), has gained extensive attention concomitant with the recent availability of MIR semiconductors sources and detectors. Chalcogenide glasses (ChGs) are a leading candidate for IR fibers by virtue of their wide optical transmission windows and high nonlinearity in the IR region. After extensive studies since the 1960s, the development and applications of ChG IR fibers are primarily hindered by their unfavorable mechanical properties. Here, we summarize our recent advances in low-cost, robust multimaterial ChG IR fibers with broad transmission windows and low optical losses, based on our multimaterial fiber preforms produced by several fabrication methodologies. Hundreds of meters of fibers are thermally drawn in an ambient atmosphere with desired step-index structure from a macroscopic multimaterial preform that contains few grams of ChG. These simple and efficient processes overcome many of the traditional obstacles, and therefore enable rapid production in an industrial setting.

  6. Evaluation and optimization of a reusable hollow fiber ultrafilter as a first step in concentrating Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts from water.

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    Kuhn, R C; Oshima, K H

    2001-08-01

    Experiments with a small-scale hollow fiber ultrafiltration system (50,000 MWCO) was used to characterize the filtration process and identify conditions that optimize the recovery of Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts from 2 L samples of water. Seeded experiments were conducted using deionized water as well as four environmental water sources (tap, ground, Arkansas river, and Rio Grande river; 0-30.9NTU). Optimal and consistent recovery of spiked oocysts was observed (68-81%), when the membrane was sanitized with a 10% sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) solution and then blocked with 5% fetal bovine serum (FBS). PMID:11456179

  7. Very high intensity fiber transmission systems

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    Setchell, R.E.

    1995-12-31

    Various applications are currently motivating interest in the transmission of very high laser intensities through optical fibers. As intensities within a fiber are increased, however, laser breakdown or laser-induced fiber damage will eventually occur and interrupt fiber transmission. For a number of years we have been studying these effects during the transmission of Q-switched, Nd/YAG laser pulses through step-index, multimode, fused-silica fiber. We have found that fiber transmission is often limited by a plasma-forming breakdown occurring at the fiber entrance face. This breakdown results in subtle surface modifications that can leave the surface more resistant to further breakdown or damage events. Catastrophic fiber damage can also occur as a result of a number of different mechanisms, with damage appearing at fiber end faces, within the initial ``entry`` segment of the fiber path, and at other internal sites due to effects related to the particular fiber routing. An overview of these past observations is presented, and issues requiring further study are identified.

  8. Distributed Measurement of the Chromatic Dispersion of an Optical Fiber Using a Wavelength-Tunable OTDR

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    Murdoch, Stuart G.; Svendsen, David A.

    2006-04-01

    In this paper, a distributed measurement of the chromatic dispersion (CD) of an optical fiber is presented. The measurement is based on the analysis of a set of bidirectional optical time domain reflectometer traces collected over the wavelength range of interest. To calculate the distributed CD of the fiber, several approximations are required. The validity of these approximations is verified via a numerical simulation for both step-index and dispersion-shifted fibers (DSFs). These simulations allow the placement of an upper bound on the error of the measurement. Experimentally, measurements of both step-index and DSFs are reported.

  9. Two-photon resonance-enhanced refractive-index change and self-focusing in a dye-solution-filled hollow fiber system

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    He, Guang S.; Yoshida, Makoto; Bhawalkar, Jayant D.; Prasad, Paras N.

    1997-02-01

    The general behavior of two-photon absorption-enhanced refractive-index change in a third-order nonlinear optical medium is briefly described. The nonlinear medium was the solution of a new dye, trans-4- p-(N-hydroxyethyl-N-methylamino)styryl -N-methyl pyridinium iodide (ASPI) in dimethyl sulfoxide as the solvent, that was poured into a 20-cm-long quartz hollow fiber of 100- m internal diameter. This dye solution has a strong two-photon absorption and subsequent upconversion fluorescence emission when excited with 1064-nm laser radiation. When the input peak intensity reached 500 1500-MW cm 2 levels, obvious changes in beam profiles of the output IR laser beam were observed due to a self-focusing or self-trapping process occurring inside the fiber system. As a result of this process, highly directional frequency-upconverted superradiant lasing output was obtained with a beam size 5 times smaller than that of a linearly transmitted He Ne probe laser beam. The demonstrated mechanism can be useful for fiber laser amplifier and fiber integrated optics devices.

  10. Heterogeneous trench-assisted few-mode multi-core fiber with graded-index profile and square-lattice layout for low differential mode delay.

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    Tu, Jiajing; Saitoh, Kunimasa; Amma, Yoshimichi; Takenaga, Katsuhiro; Matsuo, Shoichiro

    2015-07-13

    We propose a kind of heterogeneous trench-assisted graded-index few-mode multi-core fiber with square-lattice layout. For each core in the fiber, effective area (A(eff)) of LP(01) mode and LP(11) mode can achieve about 110 ?m(2) and 220 ?m(2). Absolute value of differential mode delay (|DMD|) is smaller than 100 ps/km over C + L bands, which can decrease the complexity of digital signal processing at the receiver end. Considering the upper limit of cladding diameter (D(cl)) and cable cutoff wavelength of LP(21) mode in the cores located at the inner layer, we set core pitch (?) as 43 ?m. In this case, D(cl) is about 220.4 ?m, inter-core crosstalk (XT) is lower than -40 dB/500 km and the relative core multiplicity factor (RCMF) reaches 15.93. PMID:26191840

  11. Flax Fiber - Interfacial Bonding

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    Measured flax fiber physical and chemical properties potentially impact bonding and thus stress transfer between the matrix and fiber within composites. These first attempts at correlating flax fiber quality and biofiber composites contain the initial steps towards identifying key flax fiber charac...

  12. High-brightness power delivery for fiber laser pumping: simulation and measurement of low-NA fiber guiding

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    Yanson, Dan; Levy, Moshe; Peleg, Ophir; Rappaport, Noam; Shamay, Moshe; Dahan, Nir; Klumel, Genady; Berk, Yuri; Baskin, Ilya

    2015-02-01

    Fiber laser manufacturers demand high-brightness laser diode pumps delivering optical pump energy in both a compact fiber core and narrow angular content. A pump delivery fiber of a 105 ?m core and 0.22 numerical aperture (NA) is typically used, where the fiber NA is under-filled to ease the launch of laser diode emission into the fiber and make the fiber tolerant to bending. At SCD, we have developed multi-emitter fiber-coupled pump modules that deliver 50 W output from a 105 ?m, 0.15 NA fiber at 915, 950 and 976 nm wavelengths enabling low-NA power delivery to a customer's fiber laser network. In this work, we address the challenges of coupling and propagating high optical powers from laser diode sources in weakly guiding step-index multimode fibers. We present simulations of light propagation inside the low-NA multimode fiber for different launch conditions and fiber bend diameters using a ray-racing tool and demonstrate how these affect the injection of light into cladding-bounded modes. The mode filling at launch and source NA directly limit the bend radius at which the fiber can be coiled. Experimentally, we measure the fiber bend loss using our 50 W fiber-coupled module and establish a critical bend diameter in agreement with our simulation results. We also employ thermal imaging to investigate fiber heating caused by macro-bends and angled cleaving. The low mode filling of the 0.15 NA fiber by our brightness-enhanced laser diodes allows it to be coiled with diameters down to 70 mm at full operating power despite the low NA and further eliminates the need for mode-stripping at fiber combiners and splices downstream from our pump modules.

  13. Simulation-guided design and fabrication of long-period gratings in photonic crystal fiber as refractive index transduction platform for multi-parameter sensing

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    He, Zonghu

    2011-12-01

    Fiber optic sensing technology based on conventional, all-solid optical fiber has been broadly used for chemical and biological sensing and detection. The advent of photonic crystal fiber (PCF) offers transformative opportunities due to its unique waveguiding and microstructural features. Incorporating long period gratings (LPG) in PCF has the potential to further catapult LPG-PCF based sensing technology in terms of greatly improved sensing capabilities and significantly expanded field of applications. This doctoral dissertation aims to synergistically integrate LPG and index guiding PCF as refractive index transduction platform to explore its potential for multi-parameter sensing and measurements. The phase matching conditions, core mode to cladding mode coupling, and power overlap were theoretically simulated to aid in the design and fabrication of the LPG-PCF platform using CO2 laser. For sensing of aqueous solutions, we developed a novel means of LPG fabrication while maintaining a steady liquid flow in the PCF air channels. This approach greatly improves the quality and reproducibility of the fabrication process. More importantly, it helps preserve the general resonance coupling condition when an aqueous analyte solution is probed. We have theoretically predicted and experimentally achieved a sensitivity of ˜10-7 refractive index unit using our fabricated LPG-PCF platform due to the strong overlap between the cladding mode evanescent field and the analyte within the PCF air channels. For label-free biosensing, we integrated the LPG-PCF with a home-build microfluidic flow cell that can be optically coupled with the sensing platform while allowing continuous flow of the reagents. As a result, we have demonstrated the ability to monitor a series of surface binding events in situ. Our LPG-PCF is able to consistently detect monolayer biomolecular binding events with a measured resonance wavelength shift of about 0.75 nm per nanometer thick layer formed. Overall, theoretically and experimentally, we have shown that LPG-PCF represents a powerful refractive index transduction platform that can be used for sensing and measurements of multiple parameters. We have clearly shown that LPG-PCF has the potential to be a viable alternative to the surface plasmon resonance-based commercial refractometers for affinity-based biological measurements.

  14. Highly photosensitive polymethyl methacrylate microstructured polymer optical fiber with doped core.

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    Sáez-Rodríguez, D; Nielsen, K; Rasmussen, H K; Bang, O; Webb, D J

    2013-10-01

    In this Letter, we report the fabrication of a highly photosensitive, microstructured polymer optical fiber using benzyl dimethyl ketal as a dopant, as well as the inscription of a fiber Bragg grating in the fiber. A refractive index change in the core of at least 3.2×10(-4) has been achieved, providing a grating with a strong transmission rejection of -23 dB with an inscription time of only 13 min. The fabrication method has a big advantage compared to doping step index fiber since it enables doping of the fiber without using extra dopants to compensate for the index reduction in the core introduced by the photosensitive agent. PMID:24081048

  15. Spectrally efficient polymer optical fiber transmission

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    Randel, Sebastian; Bunge, Christian-Alexander

    2011-01-01

    The step-index polymer optical fiber (SI-POF) is an attractive transmission medium for high speed communication links in automotive infotainment networks, in industrial automation, and in home networks. Growing demands for quality of service, e.g., for IPTV distribution in homes and for Ethernet based industrial control networks will necessitate Gigabit speeds in the near future. We present an overview on recent advances in the design of spectrally efficient and robust Gigabit-over-SI-POF transmission systems.

  16. Mid-infrared supercontinuum covering the 1.4-13.3??m molecular fingerprint region using ultra-high NA chalcogenide step-index fibre

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    Petersen, Christian Rosenberg; Møller, Uffe; Kubat, Irnis; Zhou, Binbin; Dupont, Sune; Ramsay, Jacob; Benson, Trevor; Sujecki, Slawomir; Abdel-Moneim, Nabil; Tang, Zhuoqi; Furniss, David; Seddon, Angela; Bang, Ole

    2014-11-01

    The mid-infrared spectral region is of great technical and scientific interest because most molecules display fundamental vibrational absorptions in this region, leaving distinctive spectral fingerprints. To date, the limitations of mid-infrared light sources such as thermal emitters, low-power laser diodes, quantum cascade lasers and synchrotron radiation have precluded mid-infrared applications where the spatial coherence, broad bandwidth, high brightness and portability of a supercontinuum laser are all required. Here, we demonstrate experimentally that launching intense ultra-short pulses with a central wavelength of either 4.5??m or 6.3??m into short pieces of ultra-high numerical-aperture step-index chalcogenide glass optical fibre generates a mid-infrared supercontinuum spanning 1.5??m to 11.7??m and 1.4??m to 13.3??m, respectively. This is the first experimental demonstration to truly reveal the potential of fibres to emit across the mid-infrared molecular ‘fingerprint region’, which is of key importance for applications such as early cancer diagnostics, gas sensing and food quality control.

  17. The effect of ALD-grown Al2O3 on the refractive index sensitivity of CVD gold-coated optical fiber sensors.

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    Mandia, David J; Zhou, Wenjun; Ward, Matthew J; Joress, Howie; Sims, Jeffrey J; Giorgi, Javier B; Albert, Jacques; Barry, Seán T

    2015-10-30

    The combined effect of nanoscale dielectric and metallic layers prepared by atomic layer deposition (ALD) and chemical vapor deposition (CVD) on the refractometric properties of tilted optical fiber Bragg gratings (TFBG) is studied. A high index intermediate layer made up of either 50 nm or 100 nm layers of Al2O3 (refractive index near 1.62) was deposited by ALD and followed by thin gold layers (30-65 nm) deposited from a known single-source gold (I) iminopyrrolidinate CVD precursor. The fabricated devices were immersed in different surrounding refractive indices (SRI) and the spectral transmission response of the TFBGs was measured. Preliminary results indicate that the addition of the dielectric Al2O3 pre-coating enhances the SRI sensitivity by up to 75% but this enhancement is highly dependent on the polarization and dielectric thickness. In fact, the sensitivity decreases by up to 50% for certain cases. These effects are discussed with support from TFBG simulations and models, by quantifying the penetration of the evanescently coupled light out of the fiber through the various coating layers. Additional characterization studies have been carried out on these samples to further correlate the optical behaviour of the coated TFBGs with the physical properties of the gold and Al2O3 layers, using atomic force microscopy x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and an ensemble of other optical and x-ray absorption spectroscopy techniques. The purity, roughness, and morphology of gold thin films deposited by CVD onto the dielectric-TFBG surface are also provided. PMID:26437035

  18. The effect of ALD-grown Al2O3 on the refractive index sensitivity of CVD gold-coated optical fiber sensors

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    Mandia, David J.; Zhou, Wenjun; Ward, Matthew J.; Joress, Howie; Sims, Jeffrey J.; Giorgi, Javier B.; Albert, Jacques; Barry, Seán T.

    2015-10-01

    The combined effect of nanoscale dielectric and metallic layers prepared by atomic layer deposition (ALD) and chemical vapor deposition (CVD) on the refractometric properties of tilted optical fiber Bragg gratings (TFBG) is studied. A high index intermediate layer made up of either 50 nm or 100 nm layers of Al2O3 (refractive index near 1.62) was deposited by ALD and followed by thin gold layers (30-65 nm) deposited from a known single-source gold (I) iminopyrrolidinate CVD precursor. The fabricated devices were immersed in different surrounding refractive indices (SRI) and the spectral transmission response of the TFBGs was measured. Preliminary results indicate that the addition of the dielectric Al2O3 pre-coating enhances the SRI sensitivity by up to 75% but this enhancement is highly dependent on the polarization and dielectric thickness. In fact, the sensitivity decreases by up to 50% for certain cases. These effects are discussed with support from TFBG simulations and models, by quantifying the penetration of the evanescently coupled light out of the fiber through the various coating layers. Additional characterization studies have been carried out on these samples to further correlate the optical behaviour of the coated TFBGs with the physical properties of the gold and Al2O3 layers, using atomic force microscopy x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and an ensemble of other optical and x-ray absorption spectroscopy techniques. The purity, roughness, and morphology of gold thin films deposited by CVD onto the dielectric-TFBG surface are also provided.

  19. Compound parabolic concentrator optical fiber tip for FRET-based fluorescent sensors

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    Ul Hassan, Hafeez; Nielsen, Kristian; Aasmul, Soren; Bang, Ole

    2015-09-01

    The Compound Parabolic Concentrator (CPC) optical fiber tip shape has been proposed for intensity based fluorescent sensors working on the principle of FRET (Förster Resonance Energy Transfer). A simple numerical Zemax model has been used to optimize the CPC tip geometry for a step-index multimode polymer optical fiber for an excitation and emission wavelength of 550 nm and 650nm, respectively. The model suggests an increase of a factor of 1.6 to 4 in the collected fluorescent power for an ideal CPC tip, as compared to the plane-cut fiber tip for fiber lengths between 5 and 45mm.

  20. Multimode optical fiber

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    Bigot-Astruc, Marianne; Molin, Denis; Sillard, Pierre

    2014-11-04

    A depressed graded-index multimode optical fiber includes a central core, an inner depressed cladding, a depressed trench, an outer depressed cladding, and an outer cladding. The central core has an alpha-index profile. The depressed claddings limit the impact of leaky modes on optical-fiber performance characteristics (e.g., bandwidth, core size, and/or numerical aperture).

  1. Inheritance of Cotton Fiber Length and Strength 

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    Joy, Kolbyn Seth

    2014-04-23

    ), uniformity index, elongation, micronaire, advanced fiber information system (AFIS) upper quartile length on a weight basis, mean length on a number basis, short fiber content on a number basis, immature fiber content, maturity ratio, and standard fineness...

  2. Fiber propagation of vector modes

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    Ndagano, Bienvenu; McLaren, Melanie; Duparre, Michael; Forbes, Andrew

    2015-01-01

    Here we employ both dynamic and geometric phase control of light to produce radially modulated vector-vortex modes, the natural modes of optical fibers. We then measure these modes using a vector modal decomposition set-up as well as a tomography measurement, the latter providing a degree of the non-separability of the vector states, akin to an entanglement measure for quantum states. We demonstrate the versatility of the approach by creating the natural modes of a step-index fiber, which are known to exhibit strong mode coupling, and measure the modal cross-talk and non-separability decay during propagation. Our approach will be useful in mode division multiplexing schemes for transport of classical and quantum states.

  3. Silyl-acetylene polymers for use as precursors to silicon carbide fibers

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    Meyer, M.K.

    1991-12-20

    The steps involved in production of silicon carbide fiber using silyl acetylene polymer precursors can be separated into four processing steps: polymer synthesis, fiber spinning, fiber crosslinking, and pyrolysis. Practical experimental considerations in each step are discussed.

  4. Fiber optic laser rod

    DOEpatents

    Erickson, G.F.

    1988-04-13

    A laser rod is formed from a plurality of optical fibers, each forming an individual laser. Synchronization of the individual fiber lasers is obtained by evanescent wave coupling between adjacent optical fiber cores. The fiber cores are dye-doped and spaced at a distance appropriate for evanescent wave coupling at the wavelength of the selected dye. An interstitial material having an index of refraction lower than that of the fiber core provides the optical isolation for effective lasing action while maintaining the cores at the appropriate coupling distance. 2 figs.

  5. 1052 IEEE JOURNAL OF QUANTUM ELECTRONICS, VOL. QE-18, NO. 7 , JULY 1982 Aer and a step-index multimode fiber, was investigated. As a

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    Rocca, Jorge J.

    [ 3 ]. Electron beam created plasmas provide a non-Maxwellianelec- tron energy distribution,witha high previously [l]- [ 3 ] . The electron beam is injected into a plasma tube 1.1 cm in diameter and 100 cm long. An electromagnet surrounds the plasma tube,providing an axial magnetic field up to4.2 kG that helps to direct

  6. Resonant THz sensor for paper quality monitoring using THz fiber Bragg gratings

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    Yan, Guofeng; Mikulic, Predrag; Bock, Wojtek J; Skorobogatiy, Maksim

    2013-01-01

    We report fabrication of THz fiber Bragg gratings (TFBG) using CO2 laser inscription on subwavelength step-index polymer fibers. A fiber Bragg grating with 48 periods features a ~4 GHz-wide stop band and ~15 dB transmission loss in the middle of a stop band. The potential of such gratings in design of resonant sensor for monitoring of paper quality is demonstrated. Experimental spectral sensitivity of the TFBG-based paper thickness sensor was found to be ~ -0.67 GHz / 10 um. A 3D electromagnetic model of a Bragg grating was used to explain experimental findings.

  7. Theory of fiber-optic, evanescent-wave spectroscopy and sensors

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    Messica, A.; Greenstein, A.; Katzir, A.

    1996-05-01

    A general theory for fiber-optic, evanescent-wave spectroscopy and sensors is presented for straight, uncladded, step-index, multimode fibers. A three-dimensional model is formulated within the framework of geometric optics. The model includes various launching conditions, input and output end-face Fresnel transmission losses, multiple Fresnel reflections, bulk absorption, and evanescent-wave absorption. An evanescent-wave sensor response is analyzed as a function of externally controlled parameters such as coupling angle, f number, fiber length, and diameter. Conclusions are drawn for several experimental apparatuses.

  8. Development of the multiwavelength monolithic integrated fiber optics terminal

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    Chubb, C. R.; Bryan, D. A.; Powers, J. K.; Rice, R. R.; Nettle, V. H.; Dalke, E. A.; Reed, W. R.

    1982-01-01

    This paper describes the development of the Multiwavelength Monolithic Integrated Fiber Optic Terminal (MMIFOT) for the NASA Johnson Space Center. The program objective is to utilize guided wave optical technology to develop wavelength-multiplexing and -demultiplexing units, using a single mode optical fiber for transmission between terminals. Intensity modulated injection laser diodes, chirped diffraction gratings and thin film lenses are used to achieve the wavelength-multiplexing and -demultiplexing. The video and audio data transmission test of an integrated optical unit with a Luneburg collimation lens, waveguide diffraction grating and step index condensing lens is described.

  9. Security: Step by Step

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    Svetcov, Eric

    2005-01-01

    This article provides a list of the essential steps to keeping a school's or district's network safe and sound. It describes how to establish a security architecture and approach that will continually evolve as the threat environment changes over time. The article discusses the methodology for implementing this approach and then discusses the…

  10. The tellurite highly nonlinear microstructured fibers for THG and SC generations

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    Liao, Meisong; Chaudhari, Chitrarekha; Qin, Guanshi; Yan, Xin; Suzuki, Takenobu; Ohishi, Yasutake

    2010-04-01

    Tellurite highly nonlinear microstructured fibers were fabricated by pumping a positive pressure of nitrogen gas into the holes of cane in the fiber drawing process. By adjusting the pump pressure to inflate the holes of the fiber, the microstructures were reshaped, and the chromatic dispersions were tailored. Two kinds of fiber were fabricated. One is an air-clad fiber with a 1 ?m hexagonal core, which is the smallest core in this shape for the air-clad fiber. By changing the inflation pressure, the diameter ratio of holey region to core (DRHC) was changed in the range of 1-20. Fibers with DRHC of 3.5, 10, 20 were demonstrated. By increasing the DRHC, the zero dispersion wavelengths were shifted to the short wavelength and the confinement loss were decreased. Another is a complex microstructure fiber with a 1.8 ?m core surrounded by four ring holes. The shape of the microstructure was reshaped so heavily by the inflation pressure that it is obviously different from the original shape in the cane. The correlations among pump pressure, hole size, surface tension and temperature gradient were investigated. The temperature gradient at the bottom of the preform's neck region was evaluated quantitatively. The chromatic dispersion of this fiber was compared with that of a step-index air-clad fiber. It was found that this fiber had a much more flattened chromatic dispersion. Supercontinuum generations were investigated by the pump of a 1557 nm femtosecond fiber laser. Intense third harmonic generations were obtained from the 1?m haxgonal core fiber. Broad and flattened spectrum was obtained from the complex microstructure fiber. This investigations show that, by using a positive pressure to reshape the microstructure and by controlling the fabrication conditions exactly, highly nonlinear soft glass fibers with desirable chromatic dispersion can be fabricated, and such fibers have interesting applications in highly nonlinear field such as THG and SC generation.

  11. Flat fiber: the flexible format for distributed lab-on-a-chip

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    Gawith, Corin B. E.; Webb, Andrew S.; Standish, Robert J.; Sahu, Jayanta K.; Adikan, F. Rafiq M.; Gates, James C.; Smith, Peter G. R.

    2007-05-01

    Integrated optical devices offer dense, multifunctional capability in a single robust package but are rarely considered compatible with the fields of remote or distributed sensing or compete in the long-haul with conventional 'one-dimensional' fibers. Here we aim to change that by introducing a 'flat-fiber' process that combines the advantages of of existing low-cost fiber drawing with the functionality of planar lightwave circuits in a novel hybrid format. Adapted from MCVD fiber fabrication, our preforms are deposited and collapsed into a rectangular geometry before drawing, resulting in extended lengths of mechanically flexible flat-fiber material with a photosensitive germanium-doped planar core. Direct UV writing is then used to create arrays of channel waveguides within the core layer, using a 5?m focused laser spot that literally 'draws' refractive index patterns into the flat fiber as it moves. Having recently demonstrated simple building blocks for integrated optical circuits in millimeter-wide flat-fibers (including; channel waveguides, power junctions and splitters, and planar Bragg gratings), our next step is to incorporate structured windows at strategic points along the fiber to allow fluidic access to the evanescent field for local refractive-index-based chemical measurements. By taking this approach, we hope to extend beyond the limitations of traditional planar and fiber substrates, allowing exotic material compositions, device layouts, and local sensing functions to be distributed over extended distances with no coupling or compatibility concerns in highly functional distributed lab-on-a-chip devices.

  12. Delivery of ultrashort spatially focused pulses through a multimode fiber

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    Morales-Delgado, Edgar E.; Papadopoulos, Ioannis N.; Farahi, Salma; Psaltis, Demetri; Moser, Christophe

    2015-08-01

    Multimode optical fibers potentially allow the transmission of larger amounts of information than their single mode counterparts because of their high number of supported modes. However, propagation of a light pulse through a multimode fiber suffers from spatial distortions due to the superposition of the various exited modes and from time broadening due to modal dispersion. We present a method based on digital phase conjugation to selectively excite in a multimode fiber specific optical fiber modes that follow similar optical paths as they travel through the fiber. The excited modes interfere constructively at the fiber output generating an ultrashort spatially focused pulse. The excitation of a limited number of modes following similar optical paths limits modal dispersion, allowing the transmission of the ultrashort pulse. We have experimentally demonstrated the delivery of a focused spot of pulse width equal to 500 fs through a 30 cm, 200 micrometer core step index multimode fiber. The results of this study show that two-photon imaging capability can be added to ultra-thin lensless endoscopy using commercial multimode fibers.

  13. Artificially disordered birefringent optical fibers

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    Yamilov, Alexey

    Artificially disordered birefringent optical fibers S. Herath,1 N. P. Puente,2 E. I. Chaikina,3-disordered multi-mode optical fibers. Starting with a microscopic model of photo-induced index change, we obtain the first and second order statistics of the dielectric tensor in a Ge-doped fiber, where a volume disorder

  14. Aerogel-clad optical fiber

    DOEpatents

    Sprehn, Gregory A. (Livermore, CA); Hrubesh, Lawrence W. (Pleasanton, CA); Poco, John F. (Livermore, CA); Sandler, Pamela H. (San Marino, CA)

    1997-01-01

    An optical fiber is surrounded by an aerogel cladding. For a low density aerogel, the index of refraction of the aerogel is close to that of air, which provides a high numerical aperture to the optical fiber. Due to the high numerical aperture, the aerogel clad optical fiber has improved light collection efficiency.

  15. Aerogel-clad optical fiber

    DOEpatents

    Sprehn, G.A.; Hrubesh, L.W.; Poco, J.F.; Sandler, P.H.

    1997-11-04

    An optical fiber is surrounded by an aerogel cladding. For a low density aerogel, the index of refraction of the aerogel is close to that of air, which provides a high numerical aperture to the optical fiber. Due to the high numerical aperture, the aerogel clad optical fiber has improved light collection efficiency. 4 figs.

  16. Study of lanthanum aluminum silicate glasses for passive and active optical fibers

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    Schuster, K.; Litzkendorf, D.; Grimm, S.; Kobelke, J.; Schwuchow, A.; Ludwig, A.; Leich, M.; Jetschke, S.; Dellith, J.; Auguste, J.-L.; Leparmentier, S.; Humbert, G.; Werner, G.

    2013-03-01

    We report on SiO2-Al2O3-La2O3 glasses - with and without Yb2O3 - suitable for nonlinear and fiber laser applications. We also present successful supercontinuum generation and fiber laser operation around 1060 nm in step-index fibers. We have optimized the glass compositions in terms of thermal and optical requirements for both a high La2O3 (24 mol%) and Yb2O3(6 mol%) concentration. The aluminum concentration was adjusted to about 21 mol% Al2O3 to increase the solubility of lanthanum and ytterbium in the glass beyond possible MCVD based techniques. The glasses have been characterized by dilatometrical methods to find transition temperatures from 860 to 880°C and thermal expansion coefficients between 4.1 and 7.0 × 10-6 K-1. Structured step index fibers with a SiO2-Al2O3-La2O3 core and silica cladding have been realized showing a fiber loss minimum of about 500 dB/km at 1200 nm wavelength. The chromatic dispersion could be adjusted to shift the zero dispersion wavelength (ZDW) close to the pump wavelength of 1550 nm in a supercontinuum generation setup. First fiber laser experiments show an efficiency of about 41 % with a remarkably reduced photodarkening compared to MCVD based fibers.

  17. Drawing robust infrared optical fibers from preforms produced by efficient multimaterial stacked coextrusion

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    Tao, Guangming; Abouraddy, Ayman F.

    2014-03-01

    The utilization of infrared chalcogenide glass (ChG) fibers has long been hampered by the unfavorable mechanical characteristics typical of these glasses. Furthermore, the usual pathways to producing such fibers necessitate large-scale synthesis of high-purity glass, which represents a challenge in an academic environment, and thus presents an obstacle to the transfer of research results from academia to industry. Here we present our recent progress on multimaterial coextrusion technology that allows for high-efficiency disc-to-fiber manufacturing. A one-step extrusion from two glass discs (10-mm-diameter and 3-mm-thick) and a thermoplastic disc results in a robust step-index preform that is thermally drawn in an ambient atmosphere into continuous lengths of fiber with core diameters on the order of tens of micrometers. These results offer an alternative methodology that overcomes many of the traditional obstacles while potentially reducing the production cost.

  18. Genetics of Cotton Fiber Elongation 

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    Ng, Eng Hwa

    2013-05-29

    ability GxE Genotype by environment interaction HVI High volume instrument Mic Micronaire (HVI) SCA Specific combining ability Str-H Fiber strength (HVI) Str-S Fiber strength (Stelometer) UHML Upper-half mean length (HVI) UI Uniformity index..., 2000). HVI measures fiber strength (kN m kg-1), upper half mean length (mm), micronaire (units), color, elongation (%) and uniformity index (ratio) for every cotton bale produced in the United States. Currently, pricing is based on a combination...

  19. BRIEF COMMUNICATIONS: Polarization properties of few-mode glass fiber waveguides with noncircular cores

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    Gur'yanov, A. N.; Gusovski?, D. D.; Dianov, Evgenii M.; Mirakyan, M. M.; Neustruev, V. B.

    1982-04-01

    An investigation was made of the dependences of the degree of polarization P of the output radiation on the wavelength of directional radiation and the length of a fiber waveguide with an oval core and a birefringence of ?n = 2×10-5. In a few-mode (Vapprox6) regime such fibers ensure the high value of P over distances amounting to few tens of meters. An increase in the number of modes and in the length of a fiber reduced P; the first two cutoffs were accompanied by a step-like change in P. The polarization properties of birefringent fiber waveguides were explained by a difference between the polarization characteristics of the higher modes and by intermode conversion. A new polarization method was proposed for determining the cutoff wavelengths of the higher modes. The method is suitable for any type of fiber waveguide, but it is particularly convenient in the case of the waveguides with a complex refractive index profile.

  20. Microstructured fibers for broadband wavefront filtering in the mid-IR.

    PubMed

    Flanagan, Joanne C; Richardson, D J; Foster, M J; Bakalski, I

    2006-11-27

    The European Space Agency's space-based Darwin mission aims to directly detect extrasolar Earth-like planets using nulling interferometry. However, in order to accomplish this using current optical technology, the interferometer input beams must be filtered to remove local wavefront errors. Although short lengths of single-mode fiber are ideal wavefront filters, Darwin's operating wavelength range of 4 - 20 microm presents real challenges for optical fiber technology. In addition to the fact that step-index fibers only offer acceptable coupling efficiency over about one octave of optical bandwidth, very few suitable materials are transparent within this wavelength range. Microstructured optical fibers offer two unique properties that hold great promise for this application; they can be made from a single-material and offer endlessly single-mode guidance. Here we explore the advantages of using a microstructured fiber as a broadband wavefront filter for 4 - 20 microm. PMID:19529600

  1. Fiber bundle phase conjugate mirror

    DOEpatents

    Ward, Benjamin G.

    2012-05-01

    An improved method and apparatus for passively conjugating the phases of a distorted wavefronts resulting from optical phase mismatch between elements of a fiber laser array are disclosed. A method for passively conjugating a distorted wavefront comprises the steps of: multiplexing a plurality of probe fibers and a bundle pump fiber in a fiber bundle array; passing the multiplexed output from the fiber bundle array through a collimating lens and into one portion of a non-linear medium; passing the output from a pump collection fiber through a focusing lens and into another portion of the non-linear medium so that the output from the pump collection fiber mixes with the multiplexed output from the fiber bundle; adjusting one or more degrees of freedom of one or more of the fiber bundle array, the collimating lens, the focusing lens, the non-linear medium, or the pump collection fiber to produce a standing wave in the non-linear medium.

  2. Laser-direct writing of single mode and multi-mode polymer step index waveguide structures for optical backplanes and interconnection assemblies

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    Kruse, Kevin; Middlebrook, Christopher

    2015-01-01

    A laser direct writing (LDW) method is implemented as a cost efficient polymer waveguide (WG) fabrication method for prototyping large substrates for optical backplanes and optical interconnection assemblies. The LDW setup utilizes a 3-axis air-bearing motion platform to reduce WG fabrication error to within ±0.15 ?m. A UV laser diode coupled single mode fiber with a focusing lens module is capable of LDW WGs at both multimode (50 ?m) and single mode (6 ?m) dimensions. Correlation between LDW parameters and fabricated WG dimensions using Dow Corning® OE-4140 UV-Cured Optical Elastomer (ncore = 1.5142, nclad = 1.5064) is discussed theoretically and confirmed experimentally for both applications. A theoretical model is developed and utilized for producing LDW multi-mode (0.04 dB/cm, ? = 850 nm) and single mode (0.55 dB/cm, ? = 1310 nm) WGs. Measured propagation losses of LDW WGs are comparable to losses of photolithographic multi-mode (0.04 dB/cm @ 850 nm) and single mode (0.59 dB/cm @ 1310 nm) WG builds. LDW multi-mode and single mode WG radial bend and crossing losses are evaluated for advanced optical communication channel routing capabilities and do not exhibit significant deviations from photolithographic-manufactured WG device loss.

  3. Next Step for STEP

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    Wood, Claire; Bremner, Brenda

    2013-08-09

    The Siletz Tribal Energy Program (STEP), housed in the Tribe’s Planning Department, will hire a data entry coordinator to collect, enter, analyze and store all the current and future energy efficiency and renewable energy data pertaining to administrative structures the tribe owns and operates and for homes in which tribal members live. The proposed data entry coordinator will conduct an energy options analysis in collaboration with the rest of the Siletz Tribal Energy Program and Planning Department staff. An energy options analysis will result in a thorough understanding of tribal energy resources and consumption, if energy efficiency and conservation measures being implemented are having the desired effect, analysis of tribal energy loads (current and future energy consumption), and evaluation of local and commercial energy supply options. A literature search will also be conducted. In order to educate additional tribal members about renewable energy, we will send four tribal members to be trained to install and maintain solar panels, solar hot water heaters, wind turbines and/or micro-hydro.

  4. Picosecond Yb-doped single-trench fiber amplifier with diffraction limited output

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    Jain, Deepak; Gorman, Philip; Codemard, Christophe; Jung, Yongmin; Zervas, Michalis N.; Sahu, Jayanta K.

    2015-03-01

    We propose a novel fiber design single-trench fiber (STF) for large mode area fiber laser and amplifier. Fiber offers cylindrical symmetry and also offer higher refractive index of core compared to cladding. This avoids the need of stack and draw process and refractive index compensation of core doped with index raising rare earth and co-dopants ions, which are an indispensable condition in most of other fiber designs. That is why, this fiber design can be fabricated with conventional modified chemical vapour deposition process in conjunction with solution doping process, which can dramatically reduce the fabrication cost, hence suitable for mass production. Fiber offers very high loss (>10dB/m) and low power fraction in core (<50%) to the higher order modes for low loss of fundamental mode (<0.1dB/m) and high power fraction in core (>80%) thanks to the resonant coupling between core and ring modes. We fabricated a preform for 30?m core STF using MCVD process in conjunction with solution doping process in a single step, without using any micro-structuration and pixilation of core. Experiments ensure the robust single mode behaviour irrespective of launching condition of input beam. Furthermore, this fiber used in three stages MOPA provides 80kW peak pulses with repetition rate of 500 kHz, average power up to 10W, with M2 ~ 1.14. Moreover, all solid structure ensures easy cleaving and splicing. In nutshell, an ultra-low cost, monolithic, compact, and an effective single mode fiber amplifier device can be achieved using single-trench fiber.

  5. Longitudinally Graded Optical Fibers

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    Evert, Alexander George

    Described herein, for the first time to the best of our knowledge, are optical fibers possessing significant compositional gradations along their length due to longitudinal control of the core glass composition. More specifically, MCVD-derived germanosilicate fibers were fabricated that exhibited a gradient of up to about 0.55 weight percent GeO2 per meter. These gradients are about 1900 times greater than previously reported for fibers possessing longitudinal changes in composition. The refractive index difference is shown to change by about 0.001, representing a numerical aperture change of about 10%, over a fiber length of less than 20 m. The lowest attenuation measured from the present longitudinally-graded fiber (LGF) was 82 dB/km at a wavelength of 1550 nm, though this is shown to result from extrinsic process-induced factors and could be reduced with further optimization. The stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) spectrum from the LGF exhibited a 4.4 dB increase in the spectral width, and thus reduction in Brillouin gain, relative to a standard commercial single mode fiber, over a fiber length of only 17 m. Fibers with longitudinally uniform (i.e., not gradient) refractive index profiles but differing chemical compositions among various core layers were also fabricated to determine acoustic effects of the core slug method. The refractive index of the resulting preform varies by about +/- 0.00013 from the average. Upon core drilling, it was found that the core slugs had been drilled off-center from the parent preform, resulting in semi-circular core cross sections that were unable to guide light. As a result, optical analysis could not be conducted. Chemical composition data was obtained, however, and is described herein. A third fiber produced was actively doped with ytterbium (Yb3 ) and fabricated similarly to the previous fibers. The preforms were doped via the solution doping method with a solution of 0.015 M Yb 3 derived from ytterbium chloride hexahydrate and 0.30 M Al 3 derived from aluminum chloride hexahydrate. The doped preform was engineered to have two core layers of differing chemical composition, resulting in both a gradient refractive index profile as well as a gradient acoustic profile. While exhibiting higher loss than the original LGF, the Yb 3-doped fiber showed slightly better SBS suppression with preliminary calculations showing at least 6 dB reduction in Brillouin gain. Lastly, reported here is a straight-forward and flexible method to fabricate silica optical fibers of circular cladding cross-section and rectilinear cores whose aspect ratio and refractive index profile changes with position along the fiber in a deterministic way. Specifically, a modification to the process developed to produce longitudinally-graded optical fibers, was employed. Herein reported are MCVD-derived germanosilicate fibers with rectangular cores where the aspect ratio changes by nearly 200 % and the average refractive index changed by about 5 %. Fiber losses were measured to be about 50 dB/km. Such rectangular core fibers are useful for a variety of telecommunication and biomedical applications and the dimensional and optical chirp provides a deterministic way to control further the modal properties of the fiber. Possible applications of longitudinally graded optical fibers and future improvements are also discussed. The methods employed are very straight-forward and technically simple, providing for a wide variety of longitudinal refractive index and acoustic velocity profiles, as well as core shapes, that could be especially valuable for SBS suppression in high energy laser systems. Next generation analogs, with longitudinally-graded compositional profiles that are very reasonable to fabricate, are shown computationally to be more effective at suppressing SBS than present alternatives, such as externally-applied temperature or strain gradients.

  6. Modeling compact high power fiber lasers and vecsels

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    Li, Hongbo

    Compact high power fiber lasers and the vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VECSELs) are promising candidates for high power laser sources with diffraction-limited beam quality and are currently the subject of intensive research and development. Here three large mode area fiber lasers, namely, the photonic crystal fiber (PCF) laser, the multicore fiber (MCF) laser, and the multimode interference (MMI) fiber laser, as well as the VECSEL are modeled and designed. For the PCF laser, the effective refractive index and the effective core radius of the PCF are investigated using vectorial approaches and reformulated. Then, the classical step-index fiber theory is extended to PCFs, resulting in a highly efficient vectorial effective-index method for the design and analysis of PCFs. The new approach is employed to analyze the modal properties of the PCF lasers with depressed-index cores and to effectively estimate the number of guided modes for PCFs. The MCF laser, consisting of an active MCF and a passive coreless fiber, is modeled using the vectorial mode expansion method developed in this work. The results illustrate that the mode selection in the MCF laser by the coreless fiber section is determined by the MMI effect, not the Talbot effect. Based on the MMI and self-imaging in multimode fibers, the vectorial mode expansion approach is employed to design the first MMI fiber laser demonstrated experimentally. For the design and modeling of VECSELs, the optical, thermal, and structural properties of common material systems are investigated and the most reliable material models are summarized. The nanoscale heat transport theory is applied for the first time, to the best of my knowledge, to design and model VECSELs. In addition, the most accurate strain compensation approach is selected for VECSELs incorporating strained quantum wells to maintain structural stability. The design principles for the VECSEL subcavity are elaborated and applied to design a 1040nm VECSEL subcavity that has been demonstrated for high power operation of VECSELs where near diffraction-limited output over 20 W is obtained. Physical modeling of the VECSEL is also discussed and used to compare VECSEL subcavity designs on the laser level.

  7. Robust fiber clustering of cerebral fiber bundles in white matter

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    Yao, Xufeng; Wang, Yongxiong; Zhuang, Songlin

    2014-11-01

    Diffusion tensor imaging fiber tracking (DTI-FT) has been widely accepted in the diagnosis and treatment of brain diseases. During the rendering pipeline of specific fiber tracts, the image noise and low resolution of DTI would lead to false propagations. In this paper, we propose a robust fiber clustering (FC) approach to diminish false fibers from one fiber tract. Our algorithm consists of three steps. Firstly, the optimized fiber assignment continuous tracking (FACT) is implemented to reconstruct one fiber tract; and then each curved fiber in the fiber tract is mapped to a point by kernel principal component analysis (KPCA); finally, the point clouds of fiber tract are clustered by hierarchical clustering which could distinguish false fibers from true fibers in one tract. In our experiment, the corticospinal tract (CST) in one case of human data in vivo was used to validate our method. Our method showed reliable capability in decreasing the false fibers in one tract. In conclusion, our method could effectively optimize the visualization of fiber bundles and would help a lot in the field of fiber evaluation.

  8. 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

  9. Micromachine Wedge Stepping Motor

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    Allen, J.J.; Schriner, H.K.

    1998-11-04

    A wedge stepping motor, which will index a mechanism, has been designed and fabricated in the surface rnicromachine SUMMiT process. This device has demonstrated the ability to index one gear tooth at a time with speeds up to 205 teeth/see. The wedge stepper motor has the following features, whi:h will be useful in a number of applications. o The ability to precisely position mechanical components. . Simple pulse signals can be used for operation. o Only 2 drive signals are requixed for operation. o Torque and precision capabilities increase with device size . The device to be indexed is restrained at all times by the wedge shaped tooth that is used for actuation. This paper will discuss the theory of operation and desi=m of the wedge stepping motor. The fabrication and testing of I he device will also be presented.

  10. The optimal fiber volume fraction and fiber-matrix property compatibility in fiber reinforced composites

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    Pan, Ning

    1992-01-01

    Although the question of minimum or critical fiber volume fraction beyond which a composite can then be strengthened due to addition of fibers has been dealt with by several investigators for both continuous and short fiber composites, a study of maximum or optimal fiber volume fraction at which the composite reaches its highest strength has not been reported yet. The present analysis has investigated this issue for short fiber case based on the well-known shear lag (the elastic stress transfer) theory as the first step. Using the relationships obtained, the minimum spacing between fibers is determined upon which the maximum fiber volume fraction can be calculated, depending on the fiber packing forms within the composites. The effects on the value of this maximum fiber volume fraction due to such factors as fiber and matrix properties, fiber aspect ratio and fiber packing forms are discussed. Furthermore, combined with the previous analysis on the minimum fiber volume fraction, this maximum fiber volume fraction can be used to examine the property compatibility of fiber and matrix in forming a composite. This is deemed to be useful for composite design. Finally some examples are provided to illustrate the results.

  11. Band-rejection fiber filter and fiber sensor based on a Bragg fiber of transversal resonant structure.

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    Chen, Daru; Yang, Tzong-Jer; Wu, Jin-Jei; Shen, Linfang; Liao, Kun-Lin; He, Sailing

    2008-10-13

    We propose a novel band-rejection fiber filter based on a Bragg fiber of transversal resonant structure, which can also be used as a fiber sensor. Defect layers are introduced in the periodic high/low index structure in the cladding of the Bragg fiber. Coupling between the core mode and the defect mode results in large confinement loss for some resonant wavelengths inside the band gap of the Bragg fiber. A segment of the Bragg fiber of transversal resonant structure can be used as a band-rejection fiber filter, whose characteristics are mainly determined by the defect layer. The loss peak wavelength of the Bragg fiber is dependent on the refractive index and the thickness of the defect layer which indicates its applications of refractive index and strain sensing. PMID:18852756

  12. High index contrast platform for silicon photonics

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    Akiyama, Shoji, 1972-

    2004-01-01

    This thesis focuses on silicon-based high index contrast (HIC) photonics. In addition to mature fiber optics or low index contrast (LIC) platform, which is often referred to as Planar Lightwave Cirrcuit (PLC) or Silica ...

  13. Surface plasmon excitation at near-infrared wavelengths in polymer optical fibers.

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    Hu, Xuehao; Mégret, Patrice; Caucheteur, Christophe

    2015-09-01

    We report the first excitation of surface plasmon waves at near-infrared telecommunication wavelengths using polymer optical fibers (POFs) made of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA). For this, weakly tilted fiber-Bragg gratings (TFBGs) have been photo-inscribed in the core of step-index POFs and the fiber coated with a thin gold layer. Surface plasmon resonance is excited with radially polarized modes and is spectrally observed as a singular extinction of some cladding-mode resonances in the transmitted amplitude spectrum of gold-coated TFBGs. The refractometric sensitivity can reach ?550??nm/RIU (refractive index unit) with a figure of merit of more than 2000 and intrinsic temperature self-compensation. This kind of sensor is particularly relevant to in situ operation. PMID:26368696

  14. Optical fiber tip templating using direct focused ion beam milling.

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    Micco, A; Ricciardi, A; Pisco, M; La Ferrara, V; Cusano, A

    2015-01-01

    We report on a method for integrating sub-wavelength resonant structures on top of optical fiber tip. Our fabrication technique is based on direct milling of the glass on the fiber facet by means of focused ion beam. The patterned fiber tip acts as a structured template for successive depositions of any responsive or functional overlay. The proposed method is validated by depositing on the patterned fiber a high refractive index material layer, to obtain a 'double-layer' photonic crystal slab supporting guided resonances, appearing as peaks in the reflection spectrum. Morphological and optical characterizations are performed to investigate the effects of the fabrication process. Our results show how undesired effects, intrinsic to the fabrication procedure should be taken into account in order to guarantee a successful development of the device. Moreover, to demonstrate the flexibility of our approach and the possibility to engineering the resonances, a thin layer of gold is also deposited on the fiber tip, giving rise to a hybrid photonic-plasmonic structure with a complementary spectral response and different optical field distribution at the resonant wavelengths. Overall, this work represents a significant step forward the consolidation of Lab-on-Fiber Technology. PMID:26531887

  15. Optical fiber tip templating using direct focused ion beam milling

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    Micco, A.; Ricciardi, A.; Pisco, M.; La Ferrara, V.; Cusano, A.

    2015-11-01

    We report on a method for integrating sub-wavelength resonant structures on top of optical fiber tip. Our fabrication technique is based on direct milling of the glass on the fiber facet by means of focused ion beam. The patterned fiber tip acts as a structured template for successive depositions of any responsive or functional overlay. The proposed method is validated by depositing on the patterned fiber a high refractive index material layer, to obtain a ‘double-layer’ photonic crystal slab supporting guided resonances, appearing as peaks in the reflection spectrum. Morphological and optical characterizations are performed to investigate the effects of the fabrication process. Our results show how undesired effects, intrinsic to the fabrication procedure should be taken into account in order to guarantee a successful development of the device. Moreover, to demonstrate the flexibility of our approach and the possibility to engineering the resonances, a thin layer of gold is also deposited on the fiber tip, giving rise to a hybrid photonic-plasmonic structure with a complementary spectral response and different optical field distribution at the resonant wavelengths. Overall, this work represents a significant step forward the consolidation of Lab-on-Fiber Technology.

  16. Optical fiber tip templating using direct focused ion beam milling

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    Micco, A.; Ricciardi, A.; Pisco, M.; La Ferrara, V.; Cusano, A.

    2015-01-01

    We report on a method for integrating sub-wavelength resonant structures on top of optical fiber tip. Our fabrication technique is based on direct milling of the glass on the fiber facet by means of focused ion beam. The patterned fiber tip acts as a structured template for successive depositions of any responsive or functional overlay. The proposed method is validated by depositing on the patterned fiber a high refractive index material layer, to obtain a ‘double-layer’ photonic crystal slab supporting guided resonances, appearing as peaks in the reflection spectrum. Morphological and optical characterizations are performed to investigate the effects of the fabrication process. Our results show how undesired effects, intrinsic to the fabrication procedure should be taken into account in order to guarantee a successful development of the device. Moreover, to demonstrate the flexibility of our approach and the possibility to engineering the resonances, a thin layer of gold is also deposited on the fiber tip, giving rise to a hybrid photonic-plasmonic structure with a complementary spectral response and different optical field distribution at the resonant wavelengths. Overall, this work represents a significant step forward the consolidation of Lab-on-Fiber Technology. PMID:26531887

  17. Guidance varieties in photonic crystal fibers

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    Yan, Min; Shum, Ping

    2006-08-01

    We study in general the property of dielectric optical waveguides that are translationally invariant along the field propagation direction. The core and the cladding can be made of either homogeneous or two-dimensional (2D) composite material (or metamaterial). When the metamaterial involved exhibits 2D periodicity, the waveguides are so-called photonic crystal fibers (PCFs). Guidance varieties in such waveguides are studied by examining separately the optical properties of the bulk core and cladding materials as well as by explicit numerical calculation of the overall waveguide structure. Our analysis reveals several neglected modal characteristics of such waveguides. For example, we show that different modes can copropagate in some PCFs with different guidance mechanisms, i.e., index guidance and photonic bandgap guidance. Such a feature can offer additional flexibility in light-wave manipulation. We also show that there exists a cutoff wavelength for the fundamental index-guided mode in some PCFs, which breaks the convention in traditional step-index fibers where such a cutoff does not exist.

  18. Scaling Fiber Lasers to Large Mode Area: An Investigation of Passive Mode-Locking Using a Multi-Mode Fiber

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    Ding, Edwin; Lefrancois, Simon; Kutz, Jose Nathan; Wise, Frank W.

    2011-01-01

    The mode-locking of dissipative soliton fiber lasers using large mode area fiber supporting multiple transverse modes is studied experimentally and theoretically. The averaged mode-locking dynamics in a multi-mode fiber are studied using a distributed model. The co-propagation of multiple transverse modes is governed by a system of coupled Ginzburg–Landau equations. Simulations show that stable and robust mode-locked pulses can be produced. However, the mode-locking can be destabilized by excessive higher-order mode content. Experiments using large core step-index fiber, photonic crystal fiber, and chirally-coupled core fiber show that mode-locking can be significantly disturbed in the presence of higher-order modes, resulting in lower maximum single-pulse energies. In practice, spatial mode content must be carefully controlled to achieve full pulse energy scaling. This paper demonstrates that mode-locking performance is very sensitive to the presence of multiple waveguide modes when compared to systems such as amplifiers and continuous-wave lasers. PMID:21731106

  19. Performance Enhancement Of A Low Cost Multimode Fiber Optic Rotation Sensor

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    Fredricks, Ronald J.; Johnson, Dean R.

    1989-02-01

    Several fiber optic Sagnac interferometers employing multimode fiber of both high and ffedimiNrrumbers and simple LED light sources, have been designed and built by the authors over the past two years. New results showing improved performance fran that reported at the August '87 SPIE are given in this paper. The ratios of maximum unambiguous rate signal to random 3a drift signal are now in the range 50-150 a performance enhancement of between 4 and 10. We have found that a step index ring rather than a grajled Index one is necess for good driftperformance and that best results are obtained when all the other ring elements (PZT coary il and I/O slitter are also fabricated fram step index fiber. The 3a drifts in our 200 meter 10 cm diameter breadboards, in particular, are around 1°/sec. Using high V number fiber (100 pm/0.29 NA) no static mode mixers are required to desensitize this relatively short sense coil fram environmental pertubations. With unambiguous maxi rum rates on the order of ±200°/sec using simple detection of the MT fundamental signal the performance of these breadboard systems is now as good or better than many law cost "Coriolis" type rate sensors on the market.

  20. Single mode fiber array for planet detection using a visible nulling interferometer

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    Liu, Duncan; Levine, B. Martin; Shao, Michael; Aguayo, Franciso

    2005-01-01

    We report the design, fabrication, and testing of a coherent large mode field diameter fiber array to be used as a spatial filter in a planet finding visible nulling interferometer. The array is a key component of a space instrument for visible-light detection and spectroscopy of Earth like extrasolar planets. In this concept, a nulling interferometer is synthesized from a pupil image of a single aperture which is then spatially filtered by a coherent array of single mode fibers to suppress the residual scattered star light. The use of the fiber array preserves spatial information between the star and planet. The fiber array uses a custom commercial large mode field or low NA step-index single mode fiber to relax alignment tolerances. A matching custom micro lens array is used to couple light into the fibers, and to recollimate the light out of the fiber array. The use of large mode field diameter fiber makes the fabrication of a large spatial filter array with 300 to 1000 elements feasible.

  1. Optical fiber sensor having a sol-gel fiber core and a method of making

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    Tao, Shiquan; Jindal, Rajeev; Winstead, Christopher; Singh, Jagdish P.

    2006-06-06

    A simple, economic wet chemical procedure is described for making sol-gel fibers. The sol-gel fibers made from this process are transparent to ultraviolet, visible and near infrared light. Light can be guided in these fibers by using an organic polymer as a fiber cladding. Alternatively, air can be used as a low refractive index medium. The sol-gel fibers have a micro pore structure which allows molecules to diffuse into the fiber core from the surrounding environment. Chemical and biochemical reagents can be doped into the fiber core. The sol-gel fiber can be used as a transducer for constructing an optical fiber sensor. The optical fiber sensor having an active sol-gel fiber core is more sensitive than conventional evanescent wave absorption based optical fiber sensors.

  2. Effects of Accelerated Aging on Fiber Damage Thresholds

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    Setchell, R.E.

    1999-02-15

    Laser-induced damage mechanisms that can occur during high-intensity fiber transmission have been under study for a number of years. Our particular interest in laser initiation of explosives has led us to examine damage processes associated with the transmission of Q-switched, Nd:YAG pulses at 1.06 {micro}m through step-index, multimode, fused silica fiber. Laser breakdown at the fiber entrance face is often the first process to limit fiber transmission but catastrophic damage can also occur at either fiber end face, within the initial entry segment of the fiber, and at other internal sites along the fiber path. Past studies have examined how these various damage mechanisms depend upon fiber end-face preparation, fiber fixturing and routing, laser characteristics, and laser-to-fiber injection optics. In some applications of interest, however, a fiber transmission system may spend years in storage before it is used. Consequently, an important additional issue for these applications is whether or not there are aging processes that can result in lower damage thresholds over time. Fiber end-face contamination would certainly lower breakdown and damage thresholds at these surfaces, but careful design of hermetic seals in connectors and other end-face fixtures can minimize this possibility. A more subtle possibility would be a process for the slow growth of internal defects that could lead to lower thresholds for internal damage. In the current study, two approaches to stimulating the growth of internal defects were used in an attempt to produce observable changes in internal damage thresholds. In the first approach test fibers were subjected to a very high tensile stress for a time sufficient for some fraction to fail from static fatigue. In the second approach, test fibers were subjected to a combination of high tensile stress and large, cyclic temperature variations. Both of these approaches were rather arbitrary due to the lack of an established growth mechanism for internal defects. Damage characteristics obtained from fibers subjected to each of these aging environments were compared to results from fresh fibers tested under identical conditions. A surprising result was that internal damage was not observed in any of the tested fibers. Only breakdown at the fiber entrance face and catastrophic damage at both end faces were observed. Fiber end faces were not sealed during the accelerated aging environments, and thresholds at these faces were significantly lower in the aged fibers. However, most fibers transmitted relatively high pulse energies before damaging, and a large fraction never damaged before we reached the limits of our test laser. The absence of any observable affect on internal damage thresholds is encouraging, but the current results do not rule out the possibility that some other approach to accelerated aging could reveal a growth mechanism for internal defects.

  3. Activated carbon fibers and engineered forms from renewable resources

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    Baker, Frederick S.

    2010-06-01

    A method of producing activated carbon fibers (ACFs) includes the steps of providing a natural carbonaceous precursor fiber material, blending the carbonaceous precursor material with a chemical activation agent to form chemical agent-impregnated precursor fibers, spinning the chemical agent-impregnated precursor material into fibers, and thermally treating the chemical agent-impregnated precursor fibers. The carbonaceous precursor material is both carbonized and activated to form ACFs in a single step. The method produces ACFs exclusive of a step to isolate an intermediate carbon fiber.

  4. Activated carbon fibers and engineered forms from renewable resources

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    Baker, Frederick S

    2013-02-19

    A method of producing activated carbon fibers (ACFs) includes the steps of providing a natural carbonaceous precursor fiber material, blending the carbonaceous precursor material with a chemical activation agent to form chemical agent-impregnated precursor fibers, spinning the chemical agent-impregnated precursor material into fibers, and thermally treating the chemical agent-impregnated precursor fibers. The carbonaceous precursor material is both carbonized and activated to form ACFs in a single step. The method produces ACFs exclusive of a step to isolate an intermediate carbon fiber.

  5. Air cavity-based Fabry-Perot interferometer sensor fabricated using a sawing technique for refractive index measurement

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    Jung, Eun Joo; Lee, Woo-Jin; Kim, Myoung Jin; Hwang, Sung Hwan; Rho, Byung Sup

    2014-01-01

    We have demonstrated a refractive index sensor based on a fiber optic Fabry-Perot (FP) interferometer with an open air cavity fabricated using a one-step mechanical sawing technique. The sensor head consists of a short FP cavity near the fiber patch cord tip, which was assembled by joining a ceramic ferrule and a single-mode fiber together. Owing to the open air cavity in the sensor head, various liquid samples with different refractive index can fill in-line air cavity, which makes the device usable as a refractometer. Moreover, due to the sensor head encircled with the robust ceramic ferrule, the device is attractive for sensing measurement in harsh environments. The sensor was tested in different refractive index solutions. The experimental result shows that the attenuation peak wavelength of the sensor is shifted toward a shorter wavelength with increasing refractive index, and the refractive index sensitivity is ˜92.5 nm/refractive index unit (RIU) and 73.75 dB/RIU. The proposed sensor can be used as an in-line refractometer for many potential applications in the sensing field.

  6. A magneto-optical fiber device based on magnetic fluid-filled photonic crystal fiber

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    Huang, Yi; Bai, Xuekun; Chai, Zhaopu; Pang, Fufei; Wen, Jianxiang; Wang, Tingyun

    2015-08-01

    Magneto-optical fiber plays an important role in magneto-optical devices. The fiber has larger Verdet constant will lead to a larger Faraday rotation per unit length fiber and applied field. In order to increase the magneto-optical characteristic, especially the Verdet constant of photonic crystal fiber, a magneto-optical fiber device based on combination of the magnetic fluid and the tunable photonic bandgap effect of photonic crystal fiber is proposed. The magnetic fluid is filled into the air holes of the cladding layer in the photonic crystal fiber using a new air pressure-filled method. Because the magnetic fluid prepared in this experiment has higher refractive index (>1.45), and is filled into the air-holes of photonic crystal fiber, as a result, the index guiding fiber is converted into photonic bandgap fiber. A magneto-optic system based on the Stokes polarization parameters method is designed which could analyze the Faraday effect. The corresponding Faraday rotation could be measured in the external magnetic field with different magnetic intensity by this magneto-optic system. The Faraday rotation of the photonic crystal fiber filled with magnetic fluid is approximately 5 times than that of the single mode optical fiber. The proposed magneto-optical fiber device takes full advantage of the ultrahigh sensitivity characteristic of photonic bandgap fiber and the large Verdet constant of magneto-optical fiber, can be used for high sensitive magnetic field sensor, magneto-optical switch, and magneto-optical modulator, etc.

  7. Delivery of an ultrashort spatially focused pulse to the other end of a multimode fiber using digital phase conjugation

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    Morales Delgado, Edgar E.; Papadopoulos, Ioannis N.; Farahi, Salma; Psaltis, Demetri; Moser, Christophe

    2015-03-01

    Multimode optical fibers potentially allow the transmission of larger amounts of information than their single mode counterparts because of their high number of supported modes. However, propagation of a light pulse through a multimode fiber suffers from spatial distortions due to the superposition of the various exited modes and from time broadening due to modal dispersion. We present a method based on digital phase conjugation to selectively excite in a multimode fiber specific optical fiber modes that follow similar optical paths as they travel through the fiber. The excited modes interfere constructively at the fiber output generating an ultrashort spatially focused pulse. The excitation of a limited number of modes following similar optical paths limits modal dispersion, allowing the transmission of the ultrashort pulse. We have experimentally demonstrated the delivery of a focused spot of pulse width equal to 500 fs through a 30 cm, 200 micrometer core step-index multimode fiber. The results of this study show that two-photon imaging capability can be added to ultra-thin lensless endoscopy using commercial multimode fibers.

  8. Step-by-Step Guide for Travel Card

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    Olszewski Jr., Edward A.

    Step-by-Step Guide for Travel Card Laura Gore 7/23/2012 #12;1 Index I. How do I get into the Travel Card System? a. Log into U-Business b. Click E-Travel II. How do I request a Travel Card? a. Registration iv. Car Rental state contracted only d. After using Travel Card for trip- instructions III. How do

  9. Tunable random fiber laser

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    Babin, S. A.; Podivilov, E. V.; El-Taher, A. E.; Harper, P.; Turitsyn, S. K.

    2011-08-15

    An optical fiber is treated as a natural one-dimensional random system where lasing is possible due to a combination of Rayleigh scattering by refractive index inhomogeneities and distributed amplification through the Raman effect. We present such a random fiber laser that is tunable over a broad wavelength range with uniquely flat output power and high efficiency, which outperforms traditional lasers of the same category. Outstanding characteristics defined by deep underlying physics and the simplicity of the scheme make the demonstrated laser a very attractive light source both for fundamental science and practical applications.

  10. Longitudinally graded optical fibers

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    Evert, A.; James, A.; Hawkins, T.; Foy, P.; Dong, L.; Stolen, R.; Ballato, J.; Dragic, P.; Rice, R.

    2013-03-01

    Described herein, for the first time to the best of our knowledge, are results on optical fibers possessing significant compositional gradations along its length due to longitudinal control of the core glass composition. More specifically, MCVD-derived germanosilicate fibers were fabricated that exhibited a gradient of up to about 0.55 weight % GeO2 per meter. These gradients are about 1900 times greater than previously reported fibers possessing longitudinal changes in composition. The refractive index difference is shown to change by about 0.001, representing a numerical aperture change of about 10%, over a fiber length of less than 20 m. The lowest attenuation measured from the present longitudinally-graded fiber (LGF) was 82 dB/km at a wavelength of 1550 nm, though this is shown to result from extrinsic process-induced factors and could be reduced with further optimization. The stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) spectrum from the LGF exhibited a 4.4 dB increase in the spectral width, and thus reduction in Brillouin gain, relative to a standard commercial single mode fiber, over a fiber length of only 17 m. The method employed is very straight-forward and provides for a wide variety of longitudinal refractive index and acoustic velocity profiles, as well as core shapes, which could be especially valuable for SBS suppression in high-energy laser systems. Next generation analogs, with longitudinally-graded compositional profiles that are very reasonable to fabricate, are shown computationally to be more effective at suppressing SBS than present alternatives, such as externally-applied temperature or strain gradients.

  11. A New Type of Motor: Pneumatic Step Motor

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    Stoianovici, Dan; Patriciu, Alexandru; Petrisor, Doru; Mazilu, Dumitru; Kavoussi, Louis

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents a new type of pneumatic motor, a pneumatic step motor (PneuStep). Directional rotary motion of discrete displacement is achieved by sequentially pressurizing the three ports of the motor. Pulsed pressure waves are generated by a remote pneumatic distributor. The motor assembly includes a motor, gearhead, and incremental position encoder in a compact, central bore construction. A special electronic driver is used to control the new motor with electric stepper indexers and standard motion control cards. The motor accepts open-loop step operation as well as closed-loop control with position feedback from the enclosed sensor. A special control feature is implemented to adapt classic control algorithms to the new motor, and is experimentally validated. The speed performance of the motor degrades with the length of the pneumatic hoses between the distributor and motor. Experimental results are presented to reveal this behavior and set the expectation level. Nevertheless, the stepper achieves easily controllable precise motion unlike other pneumatic motors. The motor was designed to be compatible with magnetic resonance medical imaging equipment, for actuating an image-guided intervention robot, for medical applications. For this reason, the motors were entirely made of nonmagnetic and dielectric materials such as plastics, ceramics, and rubbers. Encoding was performed with fiber optics, so that the motors are electricity free, exclusively using pressure and light. PneuStep is readily applicable to other pneumatic or hydraulic precision-motion applications. PMID:21528106

  12. A New Type of Motor: Pneumatic Step Motor.

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    Stoianovici, Dan; Patriciu, Alexandru; Petrisor, Doru; Mazilu, Dumitru; Kavoussi, Louis

    2007-02-01

    This paper presents a new type of pneumatic motor, a pneumatic step motor (PneuStep). Directional rotary motion of discrete displacement is achieved by sequentially pressurizing the three ports of the motor. Pulsed pressure waves are generated by a remote pneumatic distributor. The motor assembly includes a motor, gearhead, and incremental position encoder in a compact, central bore construction. A special electronic driver is used to control the new motor with electric stepper indexers and standard motion control cards. The motor accepts open-loop step operation as well as closed-loop control with position feedback from the enclosed sensor. A special control feature is implemented to adapt classic control algorithms to the new motor, and is experimentally validated. The speed performance of the motor degrades with the length of the pneumatic hoses between the distributor and motor. Experimental results are presented to reveal this behavior and set the expectation level. Nevertheless, the stepper achieves easily controllable precise motion unlike other pneumatic motors. The motor was designed to be compatible with magnetic resonance medical imaging equipment, for actuating an image-guided intervention robot, for medical applications. For this reason, the motors were entirely made of nonmagnetic and dielectric materials such as plastics, ceramics, and rubbers. Encoding was performed with fiber optics, so that the motors are electricity free, exclusively using pressure and light. PneuStep is readily applicable to other pneumatic or hydraulic precision-motion applications. PMID:21528106

  13. Wavelength dependent measurements of optical fiber transit time, material dispersion, and attenuation

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    COCHRANE,KYLE ROBERT; BAILEY,JAMES E.; LAKE,PATRICK WAYNE; CARLSON,ALAN L.

    2000-04-18

    A new method for measuring the wavelength dependence of the transit time, material dispersion, and attenuation of an optical fiber is described. The authors inject light from a 4-ns risetime pulsed broad-band flashlamp into various length fibers and record the transmitted signals with a time-resolved spectrograph. Segments of data spanning an approximately 3,000 {angstrom} range are recorded from a single flashlamp pulse. Comparison of data acquired with short and long fibers enables the determination of the transit time and the material dispersion as functions of wavelength dependence for the entire recorded spectrum simultaneously. The wavelength dependent attenuation is also determined from the signal intensities. The method is demonstrated with experiments using a step index 200-{micro}m-diameter SiO{sub 2} fiber. The results agree with the transit time determined from the bulk glass refractive index to within {+-} 0.035% for the visible (4,000--7,200 {angstrom}) spectrum and 0.12% for the ultraviolet (2,650--4,000 {angstrom}) spectrum, and with the attenuation specified by the fiber manufacturer to within {+-} 10%.

  14. All-fiber Passively Q-switched Laser Based on Tm3+-doped Tellurite Fiber

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    Kuan, Pei-Wen; Li, Kefeng; Zhang, Lei; Fan, Xiaokang; Hasan, Tawfique; Wang, Fengqiu; Hu, Lili

    2014-12-24

    ]. Thanks to recent developments of saturable absorber (SA) materials, passively Q-switched pulse lasers have been realized by utilizing CNTs [7] , graphene [8], SESAMs [9], Cr2+:ZnSe crystals [10], metal dichalcogenides [11], rare-earth doped fibers [12... . High refractive index, high rare earth solubility, low phonon energy, and wide transmission region makes tellurite glasses promising hosts for laser fibers and mid-infrared transport fibers [18]. However, the brittleness of tellurite fibers is a...

  15. FLAX FIBERS

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    Flax (Linum usitatissimum L.) is a versatile plant, supplying both fiber and seed for industrial uses. The long, strong fibers processed for linen are prized for comfort and appearance in textiles, while shorter fibers are used in textile blends and for specialty paper, reinforced composites, and a...

  16. Phase-Compensating System For Fiber-Optic Holography

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    Mercer, Carolyn R.; Beheim, Glenn

    1990-01-01

    Phase-compensating system controls relative phase of laser light emitted from two optical fibers. Stabilized for conventional holographic applications, or stepped through sequence of 90 degree phase shifts for phase-stepping holographic interferometry. Closed-loop system compensates for phase fluctuations caused by mechanical stresses and temperature changes in fibers, providing long-term phase stability and phase steps accurate to within 0.02 degrees. Controls environmental fluctuations in phases of light emitted by output fibers.

  17. Resonantly pumped amplification in a Tm-doped large mode-area photonic crystal fiber

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    Sincore, Alex; Shah, Lawrence; Wysmolek, Mateusz; Ryan, Robert; Abdulfattah, Ali; Richardson, Martin

    2015-03-01

    Ultra-large mode area thulium-doped photonic crystal fibers (Tm:PCF) have enabled the highest peak powers in 2 micron fiber laser systems to date. However, Tm:PCFs are limited by slope efficiencies of <50% when pumped with 790 nm laser diodes. A well-known alternative is pumping at 1550 nm with erbium/ytterbium-doped fiber (Er/Yb:fiber) lasers for efficiencies approaching ~70%. However, these 1550 nm pump lasers are also relatively inefficient themselves. A recently demonstrated and more attractive approach to enable slope efficiencies over 90% in thuliumdoped step-index fibers is resonant pumping (or in-band pumping). This utilizes a high power thulium fiber laser operating at a shorter wavelength as the pump. In this manuscript, we describe an initial demonstration of resonant pumping in Tm:PCF. While the extracted power was still in the exponential regime due to pump power limitations, slope efficiencies in excess of ~64 have been observed, and there is still room for improvement. These initial results show promise for applying resonant pumping in Tm:PCF to improve efficiencies and facilitate high power scaling in ultralarge mode area systems.

  18. Optical and spectroscopic characterization of Er3+-Yb3+co-doped tellurite glasses and fibers

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    Narro-García, R.; Desirena, H.; Chillcce, E. F.; Barbosa, L. C.; Rodriguez, E.; De la Rosa, E.

    2014-04-01

    Optical and spectroscopic properties of Er3+-Yb3+ co-doped TeO2-WO3-Nb2O5-Na2O-Al2O3 glasses and fibers were investigated. Emission spectra and fluorescence lifetimes of 4I13/2 level of Er3+ion as a function of rare earth concentration and fiber length were measured in glasses. Results show that the self-absorption effect broadens the spectral bandwidth of 4I13/2?4I15/2 transition and lengthens the lifetime significantly from 3.5 to 4.6 ms. Fibers were fabricated by the rod-in-tube technique using a Heathway drawing tower. The emission power of these Er3+-Yb3+ co-doped Step Index Tellurite Fibers (SITFs; lengths varying from 2 to 60 cm) were generated by a 980 nm diode laser pump and then the emission power spectra were acquired with an OSA. The maximum emission power spectra, within the 1530-1560 nm region, were observed for fiber lengths ranging from 3 to 6 cm. The highest bandwidth obtained was 108 nm for 8 cm fiber length around 1.53 µm.

  19. All-fiber 7 × 1 signal combiner for high power fiber lasers.

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

    2015-04-10

    We present an all-fiber 7×1 signal combiner for high power fiber lasers. Through theoretical analysis, the fabrication method is confirmed and the taper length of the fiber bundle is chosen to be 1 cm to ensure a high transmission efficiency of the combiner. Based on the theoretical results, an all-fiber 7×1 signal combiner with high transmission efficiency is fabricated. A capillary with low refractive index is fused around the bundle of signal fibers to make an additional cladding layer. Then the fiber bundle is tapered to match the core of the output fiber and then spliced with the output fiber. The combiner is tested with a 500 W fiber laser and a temperature increase of 13°C/kW without any active cooling is observed in the combiner. The power transmission efficiency is measured to be close to 99% for each input port and the beam quality M2 is around 10. PMID:25967291

  20. Carbon Fibers Conductivity Studies

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    Yang, C. Y.; Butkus, A. M.

    1980-01-01

    In an attempt to understand the process of electrical conduction in polyacrylonitrile (PAN)-based carbon fibers, calculations were carried out on cluster models of the fiber consisting of carbon, nitrogen, and hydrogen atoms using the modified intermediate neglect of differential overlap (MINDO) molecular orbital (MO) method. The models were developed based on the assumption that PAN carbon fibers obtained with heat treatment temperatures (HTT) below 1000 C retain nitrogen in a graphite-like lattice. For clusters modeling an edge nitrogen site, analysis of the occupied MO's indicated an electron distribution similar to that of graphite. A similar analysis for the somewhat less stable interior nitrogen site revealed a partially localized II electron distribution around the nitrogen atom. The differences in bonding trends and structural stability between edge and interior nitrogen clusters led to a two-step process proposed for nitrogen evolution with increasing HTT.

  1. Physiologically responsive, mechanically adaptive polymer optical fibers for optogenetics.

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    Jorfi, Mehdi; Voirin, Guy; Foster, E Johan; Weder, Christoph

    2014-05-15

    The capability to deliver light to specific locations within the brain using optogenetic tools has opened up new possibilities in the field of neural interfacing. In this context, optical fibers are commonly inserted into the brain to activate or mute neurons using photosensitive proteins. While chronic optogenetic stimulation studies are just beginning to emerge, knowledge gathered in connection with electrophysiological implants suggests that the mechanical mismatch of conventional optical fibers and the cortical tissue may be a significant contributor to neuroinflammatory response. Here, we present the design and fabrication of physiologically responsive, mechanically adaptive optical fibers made of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) that may mitigate this problem. Produced by a one-step wet-spinning process, the fibers display a tensile storage modulus E' of ?7000??MPa in the dry state at 25°C and can thus readily be inserted into cortical tissue. Exposure to water causes a drastic reduction of E' to ?35??MPa on account of modest swelling with the water. The optical properties at 470 and 590 were comparable with losses of 0.7±0.04??dB/cm at 470 nm and 0.6±0.1??dB/cm at 590 nm in the dry state and 1.1±0.1??dB/cm at 470 nm and 0.9±0.3??dB/cm at 590 nm in the wet state. The dry end of a partially switched fiber with a length of 10 cm was coupled with a light-emitting diode with an output of 10.1 mW to deliver light with a power density of >500??mW/cm2 from the wet end, which is more than sufficient to stimulate neurons in vivo. Thus, even without a low-refractive index cladding, the physiologically responsive, mechanically adaptive optical fibers presented here appear to be a very useful new tool for future optogenetic studies. PMID:24978225

  2. Stepped nozzle

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    Sutton, G.P.

    1998-07-14

    An insert is described which allows a supersonic nozzle of a rocket propulsion system to operate at two or more different nozzle area ratios. This provides an improved vehicle flight performance or increased payload. The insert has significant advantages over existing devices for increasing nozzle area ratios. The insert is temporarily fastened by a simple retaining mechanism to the aft end of the diverging segment of the nozzle and provides for a multi-step variation of nozzle area ratio. When mounted in place, the insert provides the nozzle with a low nozzle area ratio. During flight, the retaining mechanism is released and the insert ejected thereby providing a high nozzle area ratio in the diverging nozzle segment. 5 figs.

  3. Stepped nozzle

    DOEpatents

    Sutton, George P. (Danville, CA)

    1998-01-01

    An insert which allows a supersonic nozzle of a rocket propulsion system to operate at two or more different nozzle area ratios. This provides an improved vehicle flight performance or increased payload. The insert has significant advantages over existing devices for increasing nozzle area ratios. The insert is temporarily fastened by a simple retaining mechanism to the aft end of the diverging segment of the nozzle and provides for a multi-step variation of nozzle area ratio. When mounted in place, the insert provides the nozzle with a low nozzle area ratio. During flight, the retaining mechanism is released and the insert ejected thereby providing a high nozzle area ratio in the diverging nozzle segment.

  4. Microstructured fibers for sensing applications

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    Petrovich, M. N.; van Brakel, A.; Poletti, F.; Mukasa, K.; Austin, E.; Finazzi, V.; Petropoulos, P.; O'Driscoll, E.; Watson, M.; DelMonte, T.; Monro, T. M.; Dakin, J. P.; Richardson, D. J.

    2005-11-01

    Microstructured fibers (MOFs) are among the most innovative developments in optical fiber technology in recent years. These fibers contain arrays of tiny air holes that run along their length and define the waveguiding properties. Optical confinement and guidance in MOFs can be obtained either through modified total internal reflection, or photonic bandgap effects; correspondingly, they are classified into index-guiding Holey Fibers (HFs) and Photonic Bandgap Fibers (PBGFs). MOFs offer great flexibility in terms of fiber design and, by virtue of the large refractive index contrast between glass/air and the possibility to make wavelength-scale features, offer a range of unique properties. In this paper we review the current status of air/silica MOF design and fabrication and discuss the attractions of this technology within the field of sensors, including prospects for further development. We focus on two primary areas, which we believe to be of particular significance. Firstly, we discuss the use of fibers offering large evanescent fields, or, alternatively, guidance in an air core, to provide long interaction lengths for detection of trace chemicals in gas or liquid samples; an improved fibre design is presented and prospects for practical implementation in sensor systems are also analysed. Secondly, we discuss the application of photonic bandgap fibre technology for obtaining fibres operating beyond silica's transparency window, and in particular in the 3?m wavelength region.

  5. Design and fabrication of an asymmetric twin-core fiber directional coupler for gain-flattened EDFA

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    Nagaraju, B.; Ude, M.; Trzésien, S.; Dussardier, B.; Varshney, R. K.; Monnom, G.; Blanc, W.; Pal, B. P.

    2011-12-01

    Fiber directional couplers made of highly asymmetric twin-cores (ATC), one of which is doped with erbium, are designed to achieve an inherently gain flattened erbium doped fiber amplifier (EDFA). The refractive index profiles of the fibers as well as the spacing between the two cores were carefully designed to achieve a targeted gain with low gain excursions across the C-band. One of the designs yielded a theoretical median gain ~ 38 dB with an excursion within +/-1 dB. In order to suite fabrication of such an inherently gain flattened EDFA by the MCVD fiber preform fabrication process, the design had to be modified and a more modest target of about 20 dB was set with excursion below +/- 1.5 dB for metro-centric applications. It involved preparation of two independent preforms, which required selective polishing of the cladding from one side by a certain amount to meet the required nominal separation between the two cores set at the design stage of the fiber. Several intricate operations were required to implement the fiber drawing step from the two assembled preforms. Preliminary characterization of the fabricated fiber shows filtering of ASE peak through selective wavelength coupling from Er-doped core to un-doped core.

  6. Characterization of double-clad thulium-doped fiber with increased quantum conversion efficiency

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    Aubrecht, Jan; Cajzl, Jakub; Peterka, Pavel; Honzátko, Pavel; Koška, Pavel; Baravets, Yauhen; Becker, Martin; Podrazký, Ond?ej; Todorov, Filip; Kašík, Ivan

    2015-05-01

    In this paper we present experimental results of characterization of the experimentally prepared thulium-doped optical fibers in double-clad hexagonal fiber geometry for cladding optical pumping at a wavelength of 793 nanometers. The fiber was fabricated by the modified chemical vapor deposition and solution doping method and coated with polymer with lower refractive index than silica. The fiber was characterized in views of its refractive index profiles, thulium ions concentration, spectral absorptions, fluorescence lifetime, and performance in fiber laser.

  7. Solution Processed MoS2-PVA Composite for Sub-Bandgap Mode-Locking of a Wideband Tunable Ultrafast Er:Fiber Laser

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    Zhang, Meng; Howe, Richard C. T.; Woodward, Robert I.; Kelleher, Edmund J. R.; Torrisi, Felice; Hu, Guohua; Popov, Sergei V.; Taylor, J. Roy; Hasan, Tawfique

    2014-11-11

    surfactant, which has previously been effectively used to exfoliate graphene [37]. The second step is to apply ultrasound, which exfoliates the material by creating local pressure variations sufficient to overcome the weak van der Waals forces between... , providing continuous tunability from 1,535 to 1,565 nm. The MoS2 SA is integrated into the fiber laser cavity by sandwiching a ~1 mm × 1 mm piece of the composite between two fiber connectors, adhered with index matching gel. The output signal...

  8. "Photonic lantern" spectral filters in multi-core Fiber.

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    Birks, T A; Mangan, B J; Díez, A; Cruz, J L; Murphy, D F

    2012-06-18

    Fiber Bragg gratings are written across all 120 single-mode cores of a multi-core optical Fiber. The Fiber is interfaced to multimode ports by tapering it within a depressed-index glass jacket. The result is a compact multimode "photonic lantern" filter with astrophotonic applications. The tapered structure is also an effective mode scrambler. PMID:22714465

  9. Beyond Crossing Fibers: Bootstrap Probabilistic Tractography Using Complex Subvoxel Fiber Geometries

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    Campbell, Jennifer S. W.; MomayyezSiahkal, Parya; Savadjiev, Peter; Leppert, Ilana R.; Siddiqi, Kaleem; Pike, G. Bruce

    2014-01-01

    Diffusion magnetic resonance imaging fiber tractography is a powerful tool for investigating human white matter connectivity in vivo. However, it is prone to false positive and false negative results, making interpretation of the tractography result difficult. Optimal tractography must begin with an accurate description of the subvoxel white matter fiber structure, includes quantification of the uncertainty in the fiber directions obtained, and quantifies the confidence in each reconstructed fiber tract. This paper presents a novel and comprehensive pipeline for fiber tractography that meets the above requirements. The subvoxel fiber geometry is described in detail using a technique that allows not only for straight crossing fibers but for fibers that curve and splay. This technique is repeatedly performed within a residual bootstrap statistical process in order to efficiently quantify the uncertainty in the subvoxel geometries obtained. A robust connectivity index is defined to quantify the confidence in the reconstructed connections. The tractography pipeline is demonstrated in the human brain. PMID:25389414

  10. Coating Carbon Fibers With Platinum

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    Effinger, Michael R.; Duncan, Peter; Coupland, Duncan; Rigali, Mark J.

    2007-01-01

    A process for coating carbon fibers with platinum has been developed. The process may also be adaptable to coating carbon fibers with other noble and refractory metals, including rhenium and iridium. The coated carbon fibers would be used as ingredients of matrix/fiber composite materials that would resist oxidation at high temperatures. The metal coats would contribute to oxidation resistance by keeping atmospheric oxygen away from fibers when cracks form in the matrices. Other processes that have been used to coat carbon fibers with metals have significant disadvantages: Metal-vapor deposition processes yield coats that are nonuniform along both the lengths and the circumferences of the fibers. The electrical resistivities of carbon fibers are too high to be compatible with electrolytic processes. Metal/organic vapor deposition entails the use of expensive starting materials, it may be necessary to use a furnace, and the starting materials and/or materials generated in the process may be hazardous. The present process does not have these disadvantages. It yields uniform, nonporous coats and is relatively inexpensive. The process can be summarized as one of pretreatment followed by electroless deposition. The process consists of the following steps: The surfaces of the fiber are activated by deposition of palladium crystallites from a solution. The surface-activated fibers are immersed in a solution that contains platinum. A reducing agent is used to supply electrons to effect a chemical reduction in situ. The chemical reduction displaces the platinum from the solution. The displaced platinum becomes deposited on the fibers. Each platinum atom that has been deposited acts as a catalytic site for the deposition of another platinum atom. Hence, the deposition process can also be characterized as autocatalytic. The thickness of the deposited metal can be tailored via the duration of immersion and the chemical activity of the solution.

  11. A Statistical Analysis of Cotton Fiber Properties

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    Ghosh, Anindya; Das, Subhasis; Majumder, Asha

    2015-10-01

    This paper reports a statistical analysis of different cotton fiber properties, such as strength, breaking elongation, upper half mean length, length uniformity index, short fiber index, micronaire, reflectance and yellowness measured from 1200 cotton bales. The uni-variate, bi-variate and multi-variate statistical analysis have been invoked to elicit interrelationship between above-mentioned properties taking them up singularly, pairwise and multiple way, respectively. In multi-variate analysis all cotton fiber properties are simultaneously considered for multi-dimensional techniques of principal factor analysis.

  12. Multiplexed displacement fiber sensor using thin core fiber exciter

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    Chen, Zhen; Hefferman, Gerald; Wei, Tao

    2015-06-01

    This letter reports a multiplexed optical displacement sensor using a thin core fiber (TCF) exciter. The TCF exciter is followed by a stripped single mode optical fiber. A small section of buffer is used as the movable component along the single mode fiber. Ultra-weak cladding mode reflection (< - 75 dB) was employed to probe the refractive index discontinuity between the air and buffer coating boundary. The position change of the movable buffer segment results in a delay change of the cladding mode reflection. Thus, it is a measure of the displacement of the buffer segment with respect to the glass fiber. The insertion loss of one sensor was measured to be less than 3 dB. A linear relationship was evaluated between the measurement position and absolute position of the moving actuator. Multiplexed capability was demonstrated and no cross talk was found between the sensors.

  13. Wetting morphologies on randomly oriented fibers

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    Alban Sauret; François Boulogne; Beatrice Soh; Emilie Dressaire; Howard A. Stone

    2015-08-28

    We characterize the different morphologies adopted by a drop of liquid placed on two randomly oriented fibers, which is a first step toward understanding the wetting of fibrous networks. The present work reviews previous modeling for parallel and touching crossed fibers and extends it to an arbitrary orientation of the fibers characterized by the tilting angle and the minimum spacing distance. Depending on the volume of liquid, the spacing distance between fibers and the angle between the fibers, we highlight that the liquid can adopt three different equilibrium morphologies: (1) a column morphology in which the liquid spreads between the fibers, (2) a mixed morphology where a drop grows at one end of the column or (3) a single drop located at the node. We capture the different morphologies observed using an analytical model that predicts the equilibrium configuration of the liquid based on the geometry of the fibers and the volume of liquid.

  14. Optical Fiber Protection

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    1999-01-01

    F&S Inc. developed and commercialized fiber optic and microelectromechanical systems- (MEMS) based instrumentation for harsh environments encountered in the aerospace industry. The NASA SBIR programs have provided F&S the funds and the technology to develop ruggedized coatings and coating techniques that are applied during the optical fiber draw process. The F&S optical fiber fabrication facility and developed coating methods enable F&S to manufacture specialty optical fiber with custom designed refractive index profiles and protective or active coatings. F&S has demonstrated sputtered coatings using metals and ceramics and combinations of each, and has also developed techniques to apply thin coatings of specialized polyimides formulated at NASA Langley Research Center. With these capabilities, F&S has produced cost-effective, reliable instrumentation and sensors capable of withstanding temperatures up to 800? C and continues building commercial sales with corporate partners and private funding. More recently, F&S has adapted the same sensing platforms to provide the rapid detection and identification of chemical and biological agents

  15. Beam quality after propagation of Nd:YAG laser light through large-core optical fibers.

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    Kuhn, A; Blewett, I J; Hand, D P; Jones, J D

    2000-12-20

    Laser beam characteristics are altered during propagation through large-core optical fibers. The distribution of modes excited by the input laser beam is modified by means of mode coupling on transmission through the fiber, leading to spatial dispersion of the profile and, ultimately and unavoidably, to degradation in the quality of the delivered beam unless the beam is spatially filtered with consequent power loss. Furthermore, a mismatch between the intensity profile of a typical focused high-power laser beam and the profile of the step-index fiber gives rise to additional beam-quality degradation. Modern materials processing applications demand ever higher delivered beam qualities (as measured by a parameter such as M(2)) to achieve greater machining precision and efficiency, a demand that is currently in conflict with the desire to utilize the convenience and flexibility of large-core fiber-optic beam delivery. We present a detailed experimental investigation of the principal beam-quality degradation effects associated with fiber-optic beam delivery and use numerical modeling to aid an initial discussion of the causes of such degradation. PMID:18354689

  16. Two Fiber Optical Fiber Thermometry

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    Jones, Mathew R.; Farmer, Jeffery T.; Breeding, Shawn P.

    2000-01-01

    An optical fiber thermometer consists of an optical fiber whose sensing tip is given a metallic coating. The sensing tip of the fiber is essentially an isothermal cavity, so the emission from this cavity will be approximately equal to the emission from a blackbody. Temperature readings are obtained by measuring the spectral radiative heat flux at the end of the fiber at two wavelengths. The ratio of these measurements and Planck's Law are used to infer the temperature at the sensing tip. Optical fiber thermometers have high accuracy, excellent long-term stability and are immune to electromagnetic interference. In addition, they can be operated for extended periods without requiring re-calibration. For these reasons. it is desirable to use optical fiber thermometers in environments such as the International Space Station. However, it has recently been shown that temperature readings are corrupted by emission from the fiber when extended portions of the probe are exposed to elevated temperatures. This paper will describe several ways in which the reading from a second fiber can be used to correct the corrupted temperature measurements. The accuracy and sensitivity to measurement uncertainty will be presented for each method.

  17. Fiber optic fluid detector

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    Angel, S. Michael (Livermore, CA)

    1989-01-01

    Particular gases or liquids are detected with a fiber optic element (11, 11a to 11j) having a cladding or coating of a material (23, 23a to 23j) which absorbs the fluid or fluids and which exhibits a change of an optical property, such as index of refraction, light transmissiveness or fluoresence emission, for example, in response to absorption of the fluid. The fluid is sensed by directing light into the fiber optic element and detecting changes in the light, such as exit angle changes for example, that result from the changed optical property of the coating material. The fluid detector (24, 24a to 24j) may be used for such purposes as sensing toxic or explosive gases in the atmosphere, measuring ground water contamination or monitoring fluid flows in industrial processes, among other uses.

  18. Fiber optic fluid detector

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    Angel, S.M.

    1987-02-27

    Particular gases or liquids are detected with a fiber optic element having a cladding or coating of a material which absorbs the fluid or fluids and which exhibits a change of an optical property, such as index of refraction, light transmissiveness or fluoresence emission, for example, in response to absorption of the fluid. The fluid is sensed by directing light into the fiber optic element and detecting changes in the light, such as exit angle changes for example, that result from the changed optical property of the coating material. The fluid detector may be used for such purposes as sensing toxic or explosive gases in the atmosphere, measuring ground water contamination or monitoring fluid flows in industrial processes, among other uses. 10 figs.

  19. Characterizing germania concentration and structure in fiber soot using multiphoton microscopy and spectroscopy technology

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    Chen, Minghan; Li, Ming-Jun; Liu, Anping

    2015-02-01

    Germania doping is commonly used in the core of optical fiber due to its advantages compared to other materials such as superior transparency in near-infrared telecommunication wavelength region. During fiber preform manufacturing using the outside vapor deposition (OVD) process, Ge is doped into a silica soot preform by chemical vapor deposition. Since the Ge doping concentration profile is directly correlated with the fiber refractive index profile, its characterization is critical for the fiber industry. Electron probe micro-analyzer (EPMA) is a conventional analysis method for characterizing the Ge concentration profile. However, it requires extensive sample preparation and lengthy measurement. In this paper, a multiphoton microscopy technique is utilized to measure the Ge doping profile based on the multiphoton fluorescence intensity of the soot layers. Two samples, one with ramped and another with stepped Ge doping profiles were prepared for measurements. Measured results show that the technique is capable of distinguishing ramped and stepped Ge doping profiles with good accuracy. In the ramped soot sample, a sharp increment of doping level was observed in about 2 mm range from soot edge followed by a relative slow gradient doping accretion. As for the stepped doping sample, step sizes ranging from around 1 mm (at soot edge) to 3 mm (at soot center) were observed. All the measured profiles are in close agreement with that of the EPMA measurements. In addition, both multiphoton fluorescence (around 420 nm) and sharp second harmonic generations (at 532 nm) were observed, which indicates the co-existence of crystal and amorphous GeO2.

  20. Estimation of ovular fiber production in cotton

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    Van't Hof, Jack

    1998-09-01

    The present invention is a method for rendering cotton fiber cells that are post-anthesis and pre-harvest available for analysis of their physical properties. The method includes the steps of hydrolyzing cotton fiber cells and separating cotton fiber cells from cotton ovules thereby rendering the cells available for analysis. The analysis of the fiber cells is through any suitable means, e.g., visual inspection. Visual inspection of the cells can be accomplished by placing the cells under an instrument for detection, such as microscope or other means.

  1. Estimation of ovular fiber production in cotton

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    Van`t Hof, J.

    1998-09-01

    The present invention is a method for rendering cotton fiber cells that are post-anthesis and pre-harvest available for analysis of their physical properties. The method includes the steps of hydrolyzing cotton fiber cells and separating cotton fiber cells from cotton ovules thereby rendering the cells available for analysis. The analysis of the fiber cells is through any suitable means, e.g., visual inspection. Visual inspection of the cells can be accomplished by placing the cells under an instrument for detection, such as microscope or other means. 4 figs.

  2. Development of optical fibers for information transmission

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    Neuroth, N.

    1975-11-01

    Low-loss optical glass types were tested for their ability to be used for the drawing of fibers. Some flint glasses, whose chemical compositions, in order to reduce the loss in the 700 to 900 nm range, are systematically varied, appear to be particularly promising. By using raw materials with a higher degree of purity, the contents of coloring contaminations (transition metals) are reduced. With a view to the production of fibers, a number of drawing methods were tested. At a 850 nm wavelength the lowest loss in the glass is 80 dB/km, and it is 100 dB/km in the fiber made out of such glass. The fiber exhibits a large numerical aperture (0.7) and can be bent extensively. To raise the refractive index, fused quartz is doped with a variety of oxides, in which case the losses increase considerably. A fiber with a TiO2-doped core exhibits a total loss of 190 dB/km at 850 nm wavelength. Fibers provided with a fused-quartz core and a Vycor glass sheath have a loss of 120 dB/km at 850 nm, and of 65 to 90 dB/km at 660 nm. All of these types of fibers show small apertures. In the manufacture of gradient fibers homogeneous glass is used from which the fibers are drawn, the gradient being formed by ion exchange within a salt bath. The refractive index profile is shaped like a squared parabola, and the refractive index difference between fiber axis and fiber edge attains 0.003.

  3. Soft capacitor fibers using conductive polymers for electronic textiles

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    Gu, Jian Feng; Gorgutsa, Stephan; Skorobogatiy, Maksim

    2010-11-01

    A novel, highly flexible, conductive polymer-based fiber with high electric capacitance is reported. In its cross section the fiber features a periodic sequence of hundreds of conductive and isolating plastic layers positioned around metallic electrodes. The fiber is fabricated using the fiber drawing method, where a multi-material macroscopic preform is drawn into a sub-millimeter capacitor fiber in a single fabrication step. Several kilometers of fibers can be obtained from a single preform with fiber diameters ranging between 500 and 1000 µm. A typical measured capacitance of our fibers is 60-100 nF m-1 and it is independent of the fiber diameter. Analysis of the fiber frequency response shows that in its simplest interrogation mode the capacitor fiber has a transverse resistance of 5 k? m L-1, which is inversely proportional to the fiber length L and is independent of the fiber diameter. Softness of the fiber materials, the absence of liquid electrolyte in the fiber structure, ease of scalability to large production volumes and high capacitance of our fibers make them interesting for various smart textile applications ranging from distributed sensing to energy storage.

  4. Computed Coupling Efficiencies of Kolmogorov Phase Screens into Single-Mode Optical Fibers

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    Mathar, Richard J

    2007-01-01

    Coupling efficiencies of an electromagnetic field with a Kolmogorov phase statistics into a step-index fiber in its monomode regime of wavelengths are computed from the overlap integral between the phase screens and the far-field of the monomode at infrared wavelengths. The phase screens are composed from Karhunen-Loeve basis functions, optionally cutting off some of the eigenmodes of largest eigenvalue as if Adaptive Optics had corrected for some of the perturbations. The examples are given for telescope diameters of 1 and 1.8 m, and Fried parameters of 10 and 20 cm. The wavelength of the stellar light is in the J, H, or K band of atmospheric transmission, where the fiber core diameter is tailored to move the cutoff wavelength of the monomode regime to the edges of these bands.

  5. Computed Coupling Efficiencies of Kolmogorov Phase Screens into Single-Mode Optical Fibers

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    Richard J. Mathar

    2007-09-04

    Coupling efficiencies of an electromagnetic field with a Kolmogorov phase statistics into a step-index fiber in its monomode regime of wavelengths are computed from the overlap integral between the phase screens and the far-field of the monomode at infrared wavelengths. The phase screens are composed from Karhunen-Loeve basis functions, optionally cutting off some of the eigenmodes of largest eigenvalue as if Adaptive Optics had corrected for some of the perturbations. The examples are given for telescope diameters of 1 and 1.8 m, and Fried parameters of 10 and 20 cm. The wavelength of the stellar light is in the J, H, or K band of atmospheric transmission, where the fiber core diameter is tailored to move the cutoff wavelength of the monomode regime to the edges of these bands.

  6. Optimization and Application of Reflective LSPR Optical Fiber Biosensors Based on Silver Nanoparticles

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    Chen, Jiangping; Shi, Se; Su, Rongxin; Qi, Wei; Huang, Renliang; Wang, Mengfan; Wang, Libing; He, Zhimin

    2015-01-01

    In this study, we developed a reflective localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) optical fiber sensor, based on silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs). To enhance the sensitivity of the LSPR optical sensor, two key parameters were optimized, the length of the sensing area and the coating time of the Ag NPs. A sensing length of 1.5 cm and a 1-h coating time proved to be suitable conditions to produce highly sensitive sensors for biosensing. The optimized sensor has a high refractive index sensitivity of 387 nm/RIU, which is much higher than that of other reported individual silver nanoparticles in solutions. Moreover, the sensor was further modified with antigen to act as a biosensor. Distinctive wavelength shifts were found after each surface modification step. In addition, the reflective LSPR optical fiber sensor has high reproducibility and stability. PMID:26016910

  7. Optimization and application of reflective LSPR optical fiber biosensors based on silver nanoparticles.

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    Chen, Jiangping; Shi, Se; Su, Rongxin; Qi, Wei; Huang, Renliang; Wang, Mengfan; Wang, Libing; He, Zhimin

    2015-01-01

    In this study, we developed a reflective localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) optical fiber sensor, based on silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs). To enhance the sensitivity of the LSPR optical sensor, two key parameters were optimized, the length of the sensing area and the coating time of the Ag NPs. A sensing length of 1.5 cm and a 1-h coating time proved to be suitable conditions to produce highly sensitive sensors for biosensing. The optimized sensor has a high refractive index sensitivity of 387 nm/RIU, which is much higher than that of other reported individual silver nanoparticles in solutions. Moreover, the sensor was further modified with antigen to act as a biosensor. Distinctive wavelength shifts were found after each surface modification step. In addition, the reflective LSPR optical fiber sensor has high reproducibility and stability. PMID:26016910

  8. Rapid Quantification of 3D Collagen Fiber Alignment and Fiber Intersection Correlations with High Sensitivity

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    Sun, Meng; Bloom, Alexander B.; Zaman, Muhammad H.

    2015-01-01

    Metastatic cancers aggressively reorganize collagen in their microenvironment. For example, radially orientated collagen fibers have been observed surrounding tumor cell clusters in vivo. The degree of fiber alignment, as a consequence of this remodeling, has often been difficult to quantify. In this paper, we present an easy to implement algorithm for accurate detection of collagen fiber orientation in a rapid pixel-wise manner. This algorithm quantifies the alignment of both computer generated and actual collagen fiber networks of varying degrees of alignment within 5°°. We also present an alternative easy method to calculate the alignment index directly from the standard deviation of fiber orientation. Using this quantitative method for determining collagen alignment, we demonstrate that the number of collagen fiber intersections has a negative correlation with the degree of fiber alignment. This decrease in intersections of aligned fibers could explain why cells move more rapidly along aligned fibers than unaligned fibers, as previously reported. Overall, our paper provides an easier, more quantitative and quicker way to quantify fiber orientation and alignment, and presents a platform in studying effects of matrix and cellular properties on fiber alignment in complex 3D environments. PMID:26158674

  9. Concentric core optical fiber with multiple-mode signal transmission

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    Muhs, J.D.

    1997-05-06

    A concentric core optical fiber provides for the simultaneous but independent transmission of signals over a single optical fiber. The concentric optical fiber is constructed of a single-mode or multimode inner optical fiber defined by a core and a cladding of a lower index of refraction than the core and an outer optical fiber defined by additional cladding concentrically disposed around the cladding and of an index of refraction lower than the first mentioned cladding whereby the latter functions as the core of the outer optical fiber. By employing such an optical fiber construction with a single-mode inner core or optical fiber, highly sensitive interferometric and stable less sensitive amplitude based sensors can be placed along the same length of a concentric core optical fiber. Also, by employing the concentric core optical fiber secure telecommunications can be achieved via the inner optical fiber since an intrusion of the concentric optical fiber will first cause a variation in the light being transmitted through the outer optical fiber and this variation of light being used to trigger a suitable alarm indicative of the intrusion. 3 figs.

  10. Concentric core optical fiber with multiple-mode signal transmission

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    Muhs, Jeffrey D. (Lenoir City, TN)

    1997-01-01

    A concentric core optical fiber provides for the simultaneous but independent transmission of signals over a single optical fiber. The concentric optical fiber is constructed of a single-mode or multimode inner optical fiber defined by a core and a cladding of a lower index of refraction than the core and an outer optical fiber defined by additional cladding concentrically disposed around the cladding and of an index of refraction lower than the first mentioned cladding whereby the latter functions as the core of the outer optical fiber. By employing such an optical fiber construction with a single-mode inner core or optical fiber, highly sensitive interferometric and stable less sensitive amplitude based sensors can be placed along the same length of a concentric core optical fiber. Also, by employing the concentric core optical fiber secure telecommunications can be achieved via the inner optical fiber since an intrusion of the concentric optical fiber will first cause a variation in the light being transmitted through the outer optical fiber and this variation of light being used to trigger a suitable alarm indicative of the intrusion.

  11. Chirped rectilinear core longitudinally-graded optical fibers

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    Evert, A.; Hawkins, T.; Stolen, R.; Dragic, P.; Rice, R.; Ballato, J.

    2013-10-01

    Reported here is a straight-forward and flexible method to fabricate silica optical fibers of circular cladding cross-section and rectilinear cores whose aspect ratio and refractive index profile changes with position along the fiber in a deterministic way. Specifically, a modification to the process recently developed to produce longitudinally-graded optical fibers, LGFs [Opt. Express 20 (2012) 17394-17402], was employed. Herein reported are MCVD-derived germanosilicate fibers with rectangular cores where the aspect ratio changes by nearly 200% and the average refractive index changed by about 5%. Fiber losses were measured to be about 50 dB/km. Such rectangular core fibers are useful for a variety of telecommunication and biomedical applications and the dimensional and optical chirp provides a deterministic way to control further the modal properties of the fiber.

  12. Fibers comprised of epitaxially grown single-wall carbon nanotubes, and a method for added catalyst and continuous growth at the tip

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    Kittrell, W. Carter; Wang, Yuhuang; Kim, Myung Jong; Hauge, Robert H.; Smalley, Richard E.; Marek leg, Irene Morin

    2010-06-01

    The present invention is directed to fibers of epitaxially grown single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) and methods of making same. Such methods generally comprise the steps of: (a) providing a spun SWNT fiber; (b) cutting the fiber substantially perpendicular to the fiber axis to yield a cut fiber; (c) etching the cut fiber at its end with a plasma to yield an etched cut fiber; (d) depositing metal catalyst on the etched cut fiber end to form a continuous SWNT fiber precursor; and (e) introducing feedstock gases under SWNT growth conditions to grow the continuous SWNT fiber precursor into a continuous SWNT fiber.

  13. Design, study, and achievement of a fiber optic amplitude modulation sensor for angular position detection: application to an automotive steering sytem

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    Javahiraly, Nicolas; Perrotton, Cédric; Chakari, Ayoub; Meyrueis, Patrick

    2009-05-01

    The reliable, accurate and low cost measurement of angular position is an important challenge for numerous industries such as aerospace or automotive industries. We propose a new optical fiber angular position sensor connected to an automotive power steering column. This sensor allows the measurement of the angular position of a car steering wheel over a large range (+/- 3 turns of wheel). The wheel rotation induces micro-bending in the transducer part of the optical fiber sensing system. This system operates as an amplitude modulation sensor based on mode coupling in the transducing fiber in the case when all the modes are equally excited. We study the sensor's response both theoretically and experimentally with a multimode step index optical fiber [Rf (fiber radius) = 300?m rc (core radius) = 50?m nc (core index) = 1,457; N.A. = 0, 22 and the wavelength is 632, 8 nm at the ambient Temperature (20°C)]. This sensor has been tested between (-3x360) and (+3x360) degrees with 0,147 sensitivity. We show that the sensitivity can be controlled as a function of the sensor's length and the study of the sensor's output power as a function of the angular position has been achieved. We compare modeling and experimental validation and we conclude by a perspective of what could be soon an industrial sensor.

  14. Broadband tunable single-mode single-polarization fiber

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    Hou, Yu; Wang, Guang-zhen

    2015-09-01

    Traditional single-mode single-polarization (SMSP) fibers are very difficult to produce and their working bandwidths are narrow. So a broadband tunable SMSP fiber device in this paper is designed. Using refractive index-matching coupling method, the fiber can achieve SMSP transmission from 1.25 ?m to 1.6 ?m. The adjusting range is about 350 nm. It is worth noting that its working wavelength covers 1310 nm and 1550 nm, which are two important communication windows. In addition, by adjusting the refractive index of the fillers, the device can realize the unique switch function, which has great significance for the establishment and application of optical fiber network.

  15. Exceptional stiffening in composite fiber networks

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    Shahsavari, A. S.; Picu, R. C.

    2015-07-01

    We study the small strain elastic behavior of composite athermal fiber networks constructed by adding stiffer fibers to a cross-linked base network. We observe that if the base network is in the affine deformation regime, the composite behaves similar to a fiber-reinforced continuum. When the base network is in the nonaffine deformation regime, the stiffness of the composite increases by orders of magnitude upon the addition of a small fraction of stiff fibers. The increase is not gradual, but rather occurs in two steps. Of these, one is associated with the stiffness percolation of the network of added fibers. The other, which occurs at very small fractions of stiff fibers, is due to the percolation of perturbation zones, or "interphases," induced in the base network by the stiff fibers, regions where the energy is stored mostly in the axial deformation mode. Their size controls the stiffening transition and depends on base network parameters and the length of added fibers. It is also shown that the perturbation field introduced in the base network by the presence of a stiff fiber is much longer ranged than in the case when the fiber is tied to a continuum of same modulus with the base network.

  16. Fibrillogenesis in Continuously Spun Synthetic Collagen Fiber

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    Caves, Jeffrey M.; Kumar, Vivek A.; Wen, Jing; Cui, Wanxing; Martinez, Adam; Apkarian, Robert; Coats, Julie E.; Berland, Keith; Chaikof, Elliot L.

    2013-01-01

    The universal structural role of collagen fiber networks has motivated the development of collagen gels, films, coatings, injectables, and other formulations. However, reported synthetic collagen fiber fabrication schemes have either culminated in short, discontinuous fiber segments at unsuitably low production rates, or have incompletely replicated the internal fibrillar structure that dictates fiber mechanical and biological properties. We report a continuous extrusion system with an off-line phosphate buffer incubation step for the manufacture of synthetic collagen fiber. Fiber with a cross-section of 53±14 by 21±3 µm and an ultimate tensile strength of 94±19 MPa was continuously produced at 60 m/hr from an ultrafiltered monomeric collagen solution. The effect of collagen solution concentration, flow rate, and spinneret size on fiber size was investigated. The fiber was further characterized by microdifferential scanning calorimetry, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), second harmonic generation (SHG) analysis, and in a subcutaneous murine implant model. Calorimetry demonstrated stabilization of the collagen triple helical structure, while TEM and SHG revealed a dense, axially aligned D-periodic fibril structure throughout the fiber cross-section. Implantation of glutaraldehyde crosslinked and non-crosslinked fiber in the subcutaneous tissue of mice demonstrated limited inflammatory response and biodegradation after a 6-week implant period. PMID:20024969

  17. Photovoltaic fibers

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    Gaudiana, Russell; Eckert, Robert; Cardone, John; Ryan, James; Montello, Alan

    2006-08-01

    It was realized early in the history of Konarka that the ability to produce fibers that generate power from solar energy could be applied to a wide variety of applications where fabrics are utilized currently. These applications include personal items such as jackets, shirts and hats, to architectural uses such as awnings, tents, large covers for cars, trucks and even doomed stadiums, to indoor furnishings such as window blinds, shades and drapes. They may also be used as small fabric patches or fiber bundles for powering or recharging batteries in small sensors. Power generating fabrics for clothing is of particular interest to the military where they would be used in uniforms and body armor where portable power is vital to field operations. In strong sunlight these power generating fabrics could be used as a primary source of energy, or they can be used in either direct sunlight or low light conditions to recharge batteries. Early in 2002, Konarka performed a series of proof-of-concept experiments to demonstrate the feasibility of building a photovoltaic cell using dye-sensitized titania and electrolyte on a metal wire core. The approach taken was based on the sequential coating processes used in making fiber optics, namely, a fiber core, e.g., a metal wire serving as the primary electrode, is passed through a series of vertically aligned coating cups. Each of the cups contains a coating fluid that has a specific function in the photocell. A second wire, used as the counter electrode, is brought into the process prior to entering the final coating cup. The latter contains a photopolymerizable, transparent cladding which hardens when passed through a UV chamber. Upon exiting the UV chamber, the finished PV fiber is spooled. Two hundred of foot lengths of PV fiber have been made using this process. When the fiber is exposed to visible radiation, it generates electrical power. The best efficiency exhibited by these fibers is 6% with an average value in the 4-5 % range.

  18. Miniature fiber optic surface plasmon resonance biosensors

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    Slavik, Radan; Brynda, Eduard; Homola, Jiri; Ctyroky, Jiri

    1999-01-01

    A novel design of surface plasmon resonance fiber optic sensor is reported which leads to a compact, highly miniaturized sensing element with excellent sensitivity. The sensing device is based on a side-polished single-mode optical fiber with a thin metal overlayer supporting surface plasmon waves. The strength of interaction between a fiber mode and a surface plasmon wave depends strongly on the refractive index near the sensing surface. Therefore, refractive index changes associated with biospecific interaction between antibodies immobilized on the sensor and antigen molecules can be monitored by measuring light intensity variations. Detection of horse radish peroxidase (HRP) of the concentration of 100 ng/ml has been accomplished using the fiber optic sensor with a matrix of monoclonal antibodies against HRP immobilized on the sensor surface.

  19. 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.

  20. Effective index model predicts modal frequencies of vertical-cavity lasers

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    SERKLAND,DARWIN K.; HADLEY,G. RONALD; CHOQUETTE,KENT D.; GEIB,KENT M.; ALLERMAN,ANDREW A.

    2000-04-18

    Previously, an effective index optical model was introduced for the analysis of lateral waveguiding effects in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers. The authors show that the resultant transverse equation is almost identical to the one typically obtained in the analysis of dielectric waveguide problems, such as a step-index optical fiber. The solution to the transverse equation yields the lateral dependence of the optical field and, as is recognized in this paper, the discrete frequencies of the microcavity modes. As an example, they apply this technique to the analysis of vertical-cavity lasers that contain thin-oxide apertures. The model intuitively explains the experimental data and makes quantitative predictions in good agreement with a highly accurate numerical model.

  1. Fabrication of annular waveguide layer capillary optical fiber preform and temperature field distribution during fiber draw

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    Zhang, Minghui; Zhang, Tao; Liu, Guanyu; Fan, Zhaoceng

    2011-11-01

    In this paper, we demonstrate a novel kind of annular waveguide layer capillary optical fiber perform which is composed of cladding, optical waveguide layer and central air hole. On the other hand, we fabricate a capillary optical fiber with an MCVD method using an advanced graphite furnace to heat and a specially made fiber drawing tower. The cross-section drawings of the optical fiber and the refractive index distribution are shown. Accordingly, we give cross section of capillary optical fiber and refractive index distribution profile. Moreover, by combining non-stable Fourier Heat-Conduction theory with fiber drawing technology, the simplified temperature field transmission model during capillary optical fiber preform drawing is established, and the temperature field distribution equation of the perform neck-down region is deduced. Meanwhile, we obtain the relationship between the temperature distribution of the neck-down region and the speed of preform feed and the furnace temperature through the numerical simulation. The conclusion shows that the high-qualified annular waveguide layer capillary optical fiber can be gotten when the temperature field distribution of the capillary optical fiber perform neck-down region is near to steady state, which well agrees with the experiment result.

  2. Pragmatic Approach to Subject Indexing: A New Concept.

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    Dutta, S.; Sinha, P. K.

    1984-01-01

    Describes adoption at Sorghum and Millets Information Center (India) of Pragmatic Approach to Subject Index (PASI), computer-manipulative indexing procedure in which key words are arranged in meaningful sequence. Indexing problems, search for suitable system, PASI indexing steps, and computerization are discussed. Thirteen references and…

  3. Intrinsic Fabry-Perot optical fiber sensors and their multiplexing

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    Wang, Anbo (Blacksburg, VA)

    2007-12-11

    An intrinsic Fabry-Perot optical sensor includes a thin film sandwiched between two fiber ends. When light is launched into the fiber, two reflections are generated at the two fiber/thin film interfaces due to a difference in refractive indices between the fibers and the film, giving rise to the sensor output. In another embodiment, a portion of the cladding of a fiber is removed, creating two parallel surfaces. Part of the evanescent fields of light propagating in the fiber is reflected at each of the surfaces, giving rise to the sensor output. In a third embodiment, the refractive index of a small portion of a fiber is changed through exposure to a laser beam or other radiation. Interference between reflections at the ends of the small portion give rise to the sensor output. Multiple sensors along a single fiber are multiplexed using an optical time domain reflectometry method.

  4. Characterization of new natural cellulosic fiber from Lygeum spartum L.

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    Belouadah, Z; Ati, A; Rokbi, M

    2015-12-10

    Integration of new natural fibers in polymer composites field can contribute to increase the production of natural reinforcements and expand their use into new applications. In the present work, new cellulosic fibers were extracted from Lygeum spartum L. plant using an eco-friendly method. The morphological, physico-chemical, thermal and mechanical properties of L. spartum L. fibers were reported for the first time in this paper. The stem anatomy and fiber SEM micrographs showed a strong presence of fiber cells. ATR-FTIR and X-ray analysis proved that these fibers are rich in cellulose content with crystallinity index of 46.19%. The thermogravimetric analysis indicates that the L. spartum fibers are thermally stable until 220 °C with apparent activation energy of 68.77 kJ/mol. Young's modulus, tensile strength and strain at failure were determined from the single fiber tensile test as 13.2 GPa, 280 MPa, and 3.7% respectively. PMID:26428144

  5. 1088 IEEE PHOTONICS TECHNOLOGY LETTERS, VOL. 18, NO. 9, MAY 1, 2006 Switchable Multiwavelength Erbium-Doped Fiber

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    Wai, Ping-kong Alexander

    Erbium-Doped Fiber Laser With a Multimode Fiber Bragg Grating and Photonic Crystal Fiber Xinhuan Feng, a simple switchable multiwavelength erbium-doped fiber laser is proposed and demonstrated. The wavelengths or wavelength switching modes by varying the states of polarizations of the laser cavity. Index Terms--Erbium

  6. Stepping motor controller

    DOEpatents

    Bourret, Steven C. (Los Alamos, NM); Swansen, James E. (Los Alamos, NM)

    1984-01-01

    A stepping motor is microprocessingly controlled by digital circuitry which monitors the output of a shaft encoder adjustably secured to the stepping motor and generates a subsequent stepping pulse only after the preceding step has occurred and a fixed delay has expired. The fixed delay is variable on a real-time basis to provide for smooth and controlled deceleration.

  7. Stepping motor controller

    DOEpatents

    Bourret, S.C.; Swansen, J.E.

    1982-07-02

    A stepping motor is microprocessor controlled by digital circuitry which monitors the output of a shaft encoder adjustably secured to the stepping motor and generates a subsequent stepping pulse only after the preceding step has occurred and a fixed delay has expired. The fixed delay is variable on a real-time basis to provide for smooth and controlled deceleration.

  8. Step-Growth Polymerization.

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    Stille, J. K.

    1981-01-01

    Following a comparison of chain-growth and step-growth polymerization, focuses on the latter process by describing requirements for high molecular weight, step-growth polymerization kinetics, synthesis and molecular weight distribution of some linear step-growth polymers, and three-dimensional network step-growth polymers. (JN)

  9. Soft capacitor fibers using conductive polymers for electronic textiles

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    Gu, Jian Feng; Skorobogatiy, Maksim

    2010-01-01

    A novel, highly flexible, conductive polymer-based fiber with high electric capacitance is reported. In its crossection the fiber features a periodic sequence of hundreds of conductive and isolating plastic layers positioned around metallic electrodes. The fiber is fabricated using fiber drawing method, where a multi-material macroscopic preform is drawn into a sub-millimeter capacitor fiber in a single fabrication step. Several kilometres of fibers can be obtained from a single preform with fiber diameters ranging between 500um -1000um. A typical measured capacitance of our fibers is 60-100 nF/m and it is independent of the fiber diameter. For comparison, a coaxial cable of the comparable dimensions would have only ~0.06nF/m capacitance. Analysis of the fiber frequency response shows that in its simplest interrogation mode the capacitor fiber has a transverse resistance of 5 kOhm/L, which is inversely proportional to the fiber length L and is independent of the fiber diameter. Softness of the fiber materials...

  10. Multicore Fibers and Fiber Devices Sensing Applications

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    Van Stryland, Eric

    Fibers for Optical Sensing Simple operational principle Simple Sensing Solution: · Single mode optical = number of cores · Low mode density ­ controllable interference Multicore Fibers for Optical Sensing symmetry and light in center core excited SMF SMF7 core fiber Multicore Fibers for Optical Sensing Input

  11. Environmental stability of intercalated graphite fibers

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    Gaier, J. R.; Jaworske, D. A.

    1985-01-01

    Graphite fibers intercalated with bromine, iodine monochloride, ferric chloride, and cupric chloride were subjected to stability tests under four environments which are encountered by engineering materials in the aerospace industry: ambient laboratory conditions, as would be experienced during handling operations and terrestrial applications; high vacuum, as would be experienced in space applications; high humidity, as would be experienced in marine applications; and high temperature, as would be experienced in some processing steps and applications. Monitoring the resistance of the fibers at ambient laboratory conditions revealed that only the ferric chloride intercalated fibers were unstable, due to absorption of water from the air. All four types of intercalated fibers were unstable, due to absorption of water from the air. All four types of intercalated fibers were stable for long periods under high vacuum. Ferric chloride, cupric chloride, and iodine monochloride intercalated fibers were sensitive to high humidity conditions. All intercalated fibers began to degrade above 250 C. The order of their thermal stability, from lowest to highest, was cupric chloride, iodine monochloride, bromine, and ferric chloride. Of the four types of intercalated fibers tested, the bromine intercalated fibers appear to have the most potential for application, based on environmental stability.

  12. Integrated fiber optic probe for dynamic light scattering

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    Dhadwal, Harbans S.; Khan, Romel R.; Suh, Kwang

    1993-01-01

    An integrated fiber optic probe, comprising a monomode optical fiber fusion spliced to a short length of a graded-index multimode fiber, is fabricated for use as a coherent receiver in dynamic light scattering. The multimode fiber is cleaved to provide a gradient-index fiber lens with a focal length of 125 microns and an f-number close to unity. An integrated fiber receiver is used to measure the intensity-intensity autocorrelation data from a 0.05 percent by weight concentration of an aqueous suspension of polystyrene latex spheres. Analysis of 100 independent data sets indicates that the particle size can be recovered with an accuracy of +/- 1 percent.

  13. Polyimide Fibers

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    St.Clair, Terry L. (Inventor); Fay, Catharine C. (Inventor); Working, Dennis C. (Inventor)

    1998-01-01

    A polyimide fiber having textile physical property characteristics and the process of melt extruding same from a polyimide powder. Polyimide powder formed as the reaction product of the monomers 3.4'-ODA and ODPA, and end- capped with phthalic anhydride to control the molecular weight thereof, is melt extruded in the temperature range of 340 C. to 360 C. and at heights of 100.5 inches. 209 inches and 364.5 inches. The fibers obtained have a diameter in the range of 0.0068 inch to 0.0147 inch; a mean tensile strength in the range of 15.6 to 23.1 ksi; a mean modulus of 406 to 465 ksi, and a mean elongation in the range of 14 to 103%.

  14. Polyimide Fibers

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    St.Clair, Terry L. (Inventor); Fay, Catharine C. (Inventor); Working, Dennis C. (Inventor)

    1997-01-01

    A polyimide fiber having textile physical property characteristics and the process of melt extruding same from a polyimide powder. Polyimide powder formed as the reaction product of the monomers 3.4'-ODA and ODPA, and endcapped with phthalic anhydride to control the molecular weight thereof, is melt extruded in the temperature range of 340? C. to 360? C. and at heights of 100.5 inches, 209 inches and 364.5 inches. The fibers obtained have a diameter in the range of 0.0068 inch to 0.0147 inch; a mean tensile strength in the range of 15.6 to 23.1 ksi; a mean modulus of 406 to 465 ksi; and a mean elongation in the range of 14 to 103%.

  15. Carbon fiber manufacturing via plasma technology

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    Paulauskas, Felix L. (Knoxville, TN); Yarborough, Kenneth D. (Oak Ridge, TN); Meek, Thomas T. (Knoxville, TN)

    2002-01-01

    The disclosed invention introduces a novel method of manufacturing carbon and/or graphite fibers that avoids the high costs associated with conventional carbonization processes. The method of the present invention avoids these costs by utilizing plasma technology in connection with electromagnetic radiation to produce carbon and/or graphite fibers from fully or partially stabilized carbon fiber precursors. In general, the stabilized or partially stabilized carbon fiber precursors are placed under slight tension, in an oxygen-free atmosphere, and carbonized using a plasma and electromagnetic radiation having a power input which is increased as the fibers become more carbonized and progress towards a final carbon or graphite product. In an additional step, the final carbon or graphite product may be surface treated with an oxygen-plasma treatment to enhance adhesion to matrix materials.

  16. The influence of the fiber drawing process on intrinsic stress and the resulting birefringence optimization of PM fibers

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    Just, Florian; Spittel, Ron; Bierlich, Jörg; Grimm, Stephan; Jäger, Matthias; Bartelt, Hartmut

    2015-04-01

    The propagation properties of optical fibers can be significantly influenced by intrinsic stress. These effects are often undesired but in some cases essential for certain applications, e.g. in polarization maintaining (PM) fibers. In this paper, we present systematic studies on the influence of the fiber drawing process on the generated stress and demonstrate an approach to significantly increase the stress induced birefringence of PM-fibers. It is shown that the thermal stress caused by the material composition is superimposed with the mechanical stress caused by the fiber fabrication process. This intrinsic stress has a strong effect on the optical and mechanical properties of the glass and thus influences the fiber stability and modal behavior. By applying a thermal annealing step, the mechanical stress due to the fiber drawing process can be canceled. It is shown that this annealing step compensates the stress reducing influence of the drawing process on the birefringence of PM-fibers with panda structure. The comparison of the intrinsic stress states after fabrication with the state after the additional high temperature annealing step clearly shows that it is possible to improve the overall birefringence of panda fibers using appropriate preparation steps.

  17. A two-mode fiber optic-bending sensor 

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    Covington, Charles Eric

    1993-01-01

    It is shown that a small slope in the refractive index profile of an optical fiber causes the two lowest order spatial modes to travel different distances from the geometrical center of the fiber. This effect increases by orders of magnitude...

  18. Continuous Fiber Ceramic Composites (CFCC)

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    R. A. Wagner

    2002-12-18

    This report summarizes work to develop CFCC's for various applications in the Industries of the Future (IOF) and power generation areas. Performance requirements range from relatively modest for hot gas filters to severe for turbine combustor liners and infrared burners. The McDermott Technology Inc. (MTI) CFCC program focused on oxide/oxide composite systems because they are known to be stable in the application environments of interest. The work is broadly focused on dense and porous composite systems depending on the specific application. Dense composites were targeted at corrosion resistant components, molten aluminum handling components and gas turbine combustor liners. The development work on dense composites led to significant advances in fiber coatings for oxide fibers and matrix densification. Additionally, a one-step fabrication process was developed to produce low cost composite components. The program also supported key developments in advanced oxide fibers that resulted in an improved version of Nextel 610 fiber (commercially available as Nextel 650) and significant progress in the development of a YAG/alumina fiber. Porous composite development focused on the vacuum winding process used to produce hot gas filters and infrared burner components.

  19. Evaluation of Small Form Factor Fiber Optic Interconnects for the NASA Electronics Parts and Packaging Program (NEPP)

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    Ott, Melanie; Thomes, W. Joe; Blair, Diana; Chuska, Rick; Switzer, Rob

    2010-01-01

    The Diamond AVIM optical fiber connector has been used for over a decade in flight environments. AVIM which stands for Aviation Intermediate Maintenance is always referenced as a fiber optic connector type from the DIN (Deutsches Institut fur Normung) family of optical fiber connectors. The newly available Mini AVIM and DMI (Definition Multimedia Interface) connectors also by Diamond provide similar features as the high performance AVIM with the added benefits of being small form factor for board mount and internal box use where long connectors and strain relief can not be accommodated. Transceiver, fiber laser technology and receiver optic technology based on small sized constraints will benefit the most by the reduction in connector form factor. It is for this reason that the Mini AVIM is being evaluated for multimode and single mode optical fiber use in both fiber based and cable based packaging configurations. In a fiber based termination, there are no cable materials to bond to the connector. The only bonding that is conducted is the mounting of the fiber with epoxy to the connector ferrules (which are called DMI ferrules). In a cable configuration, the compatibility of the connector subcomponents along with the upjacketing materials of the cable around the fiber needs to be considered carefully for termination fabrication. Cabled terminations will show greater insertion loss and high probability of failures during thermal cycling testing. This is due to the stressing of the combination of materials that each have different Coefficients of Thermal Expansion (CTE's) and that are bonded together to the connector subcomponents. As the materials flex during thermal excursions, forces are applied to the termination and can make the system fail if the grouping of materials (per their CTE's) are not compatible and this includes cable materials, epoxies, ferrule and connector body components. For this evaluation, multimode 100 micron core step index fiber was used for the fiber terminated condition, and single mode SMF-28 upjacketed with W.L. Gore Flexlite was used for the cabled configuration. For background purposes, a comparison is presented here for information purposes between the high performance AVIM connector features and the Mini AVIM small form factor connectors. Basic connector features are described here.

  20. Silicone polymer waveguide bridge for Si to glass optical fibers

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    Kruse, Kevin L.; Riegel, Nicholas J.; Middlebrook, Christopher T.

    2015-03-01

    Multimode step index polymer waveguides achieve high-speed, (<10 Gb/s) low bit-error-rates for onboard and embedded circuit applications. Using several multimode waveguides in parallel enables overall capacity to reach beyond 100 Gb/s, but the intrinsic bandwidth limitations due to intermodal dispersion limit the data transmission rates within multimode waveguides. Single mode waveguides, where intermodal dispersion is not present, have the potential to further improve data transmission rates. Single mode waveguide size is significantly less than their multimode counterparts allowing for greater density of channels leading to higher bandwidth capacity per layer. Challenges in implementation of embedded single mode waveguides within printed circuit boards involves mass production fabrication techniques to create precision dimensional waveguides, precision alignment tolerances necessary to launch a mode, and effective coupling between adjoining waveguides and devices. An emerging need in which single mode waveguides can be utilized is providing low loss fan out techniques and coupling between on-chip transceiver devices containing Si waveguide structures to traditional single mode optical fiber. A polymer waveguide bridge for Si to glass optical fibers can be implemented using silicone polymers at 1310 nm. Fabricated and measured prototype devices with modeling and simulation analysis are reported for a 12 member 1-D tapered PWG. Recommendations and designs are generated with performance factors such as numerical aperture and alignment tolerances.

  1. Novel fiber-optic geometries for fast quantum communication

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    Perkins, Jeffrey J.; Newell, Raymond T.; Schabacker, Charles R.; Richardson, Craig

    2013-12-01

    Recent experiments have generated great interest in combined wavlength (WDM) and spatial (SDM) divison multiplexing using optical angular momentum (OAM) at data rates orders of magnitude better than current telecommunication standards. We discuss here a class of novel fiber optic devices that induce mode coupling along the optical axis of the fiber by sinusoidally varying the refractive index. Using the analogy between the wave equation for weakly guiding fibers and the paraxial equation, we review fibers that support Laguerre-Gauss modes and, motivated by these works, demonstrate that similar fibers with different core shapes support Hermite-Gauss modes in the same regime. Finally, we utilize these relations to demonstrate how one might generate different orbital angular momentum states using induced coupling between Hermite-Gauss modes, motivated by the works of many previous authors. We further describe a class of devices that could generate either a mode with a defined orbital angular momentum, and support its propagation along a fiber, or create a superposition of modes from a single modal input. Previous efforts focused on the generation of OAM states in a fiber have required extremely exotic refractive index profiles, and we present here a method based on already developed refrative index profiles and manipulation techniques, specifically using fiber bragg gratings to drive modal coupling in a fiber, in an effort to generate states with well defined OAM.

  2. Temperature-independent polymer optical fiber evanescent wave sensor.

    PubMed

    Zhong, Nianbing; Liao, Qiang; Zhu, Xun; Zhao, Mingfu; Huang, Yun; Chen, Rong

    2015-01-01

    Although the numerous advantages of polymer optical fibers have been exploited in the fields of sensors and telecommunications, such fibers still experience a critical problem: the temperature dependency. Therefore, we explored the temperature-independent operation of a polymer fiber-optic evanescent wave sensor immersed in distilled water. We investigated variations in the surface morphology, deformation trajectory, refractive index, and weight of the fiber-sensing region with varying water temperature. We also examined the spectral transmission and transmitted light intensity of fibers subjected to a heating-cooling treatment. We observed that the light-transmission modes and sensitivity of the sensor were affected by changes in the surface morphology, diameter, and refractive index of the sensing region caused by changes in temperature. The transmitted light intensity of the sensor was maintained at a constant level after five cycles of the heating-cooling treatment, after which the fibers exhibited a smooth surface, low refractive index, and large fiber diameter. Consequently, we utilized the heating-cooling-treated fiber to realize a temperature-independent, U-shaped polymer fiber-optic evanescent wave sensor. The temperature independence was evaluated using glucose solutions in the range of 10 to 70?°C. The fabricated sensor showed significant temperature independence and high degree of consistency in measuring solutions. PMID:26112908

  3. Temperature-independent polymer optical fiber evanescent wave sensor

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    Zhong, Nianbing; Liao, Qiang; Zhu, Xun; Zhao, Mingfu; Huang, Yun; Chen, Rong

    2015-06-01

    Although the numerous advantages of polymer optical fibers have been exploited in the fields of sensors and telecommunications, such fibers still experience a critical problem: the temperature dependency. Therefore, we explored the temperature-independent operation of a polymer fiber-optic evanescent wave sensor immersed in distilled water. We investigated variations in the surface morphology, deformation trajectory, refractive index, and weight of the fiber-sensing region with varying water temperature. We also examined the spectral transmission and transmitted light intensity of fibers subjected to a heating-cooling treatment. We observed that the light-transmission modes and sensitivity of the sensor were affected by changes in the surface morphology, diameter, and refractive index of the sensing region caused by changes in temperature. The transmitted light intensity of the sensor was maintained at a constant level after five cycles of the heating-cooling treatment, after which the fibers exhibited a smooth surface, low refractive index, and large fiber diameter. Consequently, we utilized the heating-cooling-treated fiber to realize a temperature-independent, U-shaped polymer fiber-optic evanescent wave sensor. The temperature independence was evaluated using glucose solutions in the range of 10 to 70?°C. The fabricated sensor showed significant temperature independence and high degree of consistency in measuring solutions.

  4. Temperature-independent polymer optical fiber evanescent wave sensor

    PubMed Central

    Zhong, Nianbing; Liao, Qiang; Zhu, Xun; Zhao, Mingfu; Huang, Yun; Chen, Rong

    2015-01-01

    Although the numerous advantages of polymer optical fibers have been exploited in the fields of sensors and telecommunications, such fibers still experience a critical problem: the temperature dependency. Therefore, we explored the temperature-independent operation of a polymer fiber-optic evanescent wave sensor immersed in distilled water. We investigated variations in the surface morphology, deformation trajectory, refractive index, and weight of the fiber-sensing region with varying water temperature. We also examined the spectral transmission and transmitted light intensity of fibers subjected to a heating-cooling treatment. We observed that the light-transmission modes and sensitivity of the sensor were affected by changes in the surface morphology, diameter, and refractive index of the sensing region caused by changes in temperature. The transmitted light intensity of the sensor was maintained at a constant level after five cycles of the heating-cooling treatment, after which the fibers exhibited a smooth surface, low refractive index, and large fiber diameter. Consequently, we utilized the heating-cooling-treated fiber to realize a temperature-independent, U-shaped polymer fiber-optic evanescent wave sensor. The temperature independence was evaluated using glucose solutions in the range of 10 to 70?°C. The fabricated sensor showed significant temperature independence and high degree of consistency in measuring solutions. PMID:26112908

  5. Bent-fiber intermodal interference based dual-channel fiber optic refractometer.

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    Zhang, Xinpu; Peng, Wei

    2015-03-23

    We present a novel dual-channel fiber optic interferometer based on intermodal interference from single-mode fiber (SMF) bending. This dual-channel interferometer has simple structure, consisting of two bare fiber semicircular bending regions with different bending radiuses connected by a section of straight fiber. A dual-channel interferometer with bending radiuses of 4 mm and 4.3 mm is fabricated and refractive index (RI) sensing is realized by measuring the wavelength shift of the resonance dips in the transmission spectrum of the dual-channel interferometer. In the RI range of 1.3403 to 1.3726, the corresponding RI sensitivities for these two channels are 207 and 245 nm/RIU (refractive index unit) and the RI resolutions are about 6.57 × 10?? RIU and 5.55 × 10?? RIU, respectively. PMID:25837098

  6. Microbend fiber-optic temperature sensor

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    Weiss, J.D.

    1995-05-30

    A temperature sensor is made of optical fiber into which quasi-sinusoidal microbends have been permanently introduced. In particular, the present invention includes a graded-index optical fiber directing steady light through a section of the optical fiber containing a plurality of permanent microbends. The microbend section of the optical fiber is contained in a thermally expansive sheath, attached to a thermally expansive structure, or attached to a bimetallic element undergoing temperature changes and being monitored. The microbend section is secured to the thermally expansive sheath which allows the amplitude of the microbends to decrease with temperature. The resultant increase in the optical fiber`s transmission thus allows temperature to be measured. The plural microbend section of the optical fiber is secured to the thermally expansive structure only at its ends and the microbends themselves are completely unconstrained laterally by any bonding agent to obtain maximum longitudinal temperature sensitivity. Although the permanent microbends reduce the transmission capabilities of fiber optics, the present invention utilizes this phenomenon as a transduction mechanism which is optimized to measure temperature. 5 figs.

  7. photonic crystal fibers, which rely on a two-dimensional crystal to con-

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    Skorobogatiy, Maksim

    up applica- tions such as fiber optic beam deliv- ery of CO2 laser light (Figure 2). The high can transport light of almost any wavelength. One potential use is fiber optic beam delivery of CO2, in both fiber designs, the light is guided in the low-index medium (the hollow core). Conven- tional

  8. JOURNAL OF LIGHTWAVE TECHNOLOGY, VOL. 30, NO. 7, APRIL 1, 2012 931 Resonant Fiber Optic Gyroscope

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    Fan, Shanhui

    JOURNAL OF LIGHTWAVE TECHNOLOGY, VOL. 30, NO. 7, APRIL 1, 2012 931 Resonant Fiber Optic Gyroscope--Air-core photonic bandgap fibers (PBFs) have great potential for the resonant fiber-optic gyroscope (RFOG), because that with straightforward improvements, tactical-grade performance should be possible. Index Terms--Gyroscopes, photonic

  9. SPIE Press Book Production Steps Note that the sequence of steps below may vary from project to project, and some steps

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    Faure, Claudie

    SPIE Press Book Production Steps Note that the sequence of steps below may vary from project book contract to SPIE Press and are assigned a project editor. 2. You prepare your book manuscript index, and designs the book cover. (2+weeks) 9. You review page proofs and resolve any final queries. (2

  10. Multimaterial acoustic fibers

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    Chocat, Noémie

    2012-01-01

    The emergence of multimaterial fibers that combine a multiplicity of solid materials with disparate electrical, optical, and mechanical properties into a single fiber presents new opportunities for extending fiber applications ...

  11. Polyethylene fiber drawing optimization

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    Chiloyan, Vazrik

    2011-01-01

    Polymer fiber drawing creates fibers with enhanced thermal conductivity and strength compared to bulk polymer because drawing aligns the molecular chains. I optimize the polymer fiber drawing method in order to achieve ...

  12. Bridge SHM system based on fiber optical sensing technology

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    Li, Sheng; Fan, Dian; Fu, Jiang-hua; Huang, Xing; Jiang, De-sheng

    2015-09-01

    The latest progress of our lab in recent 10 years on the area of bridge structural health monitoring (SHM) based on optical fiber sensing technology is introduced. Firstly, in the part of sensing technology, optical fiber force test-ring, optical fiber vibration sensor, optical fiber smart cable, optical fiber prestressing loss monitoring method and optical fiber continuous curve mode inspection system are developed, which not only rich the sensor types, but also provides new monitoring means that are needed for the bridge health monitoring system. Secondly, in the optical fiber sensing network and computer system platform, the monitoring system architecture model is designed to effectively meet the integration scale and effect requirement of engineering application, especially the bridge expert system proposed integration of sensing information and informatization manual inspection to realize the mode of multi index intelligence and practical monitoring, diagnosis and evaluation. Finally, the Jingyue bridge monitoring system as the representative, the research on the technology of engineering applications are given.

  13. Continuous, linearly intermixed fiber tows and composite molded article thereform

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    McMahon, Paul E. (Inventor); Chung, Tai-Shung (Inventor); Ying, Lincoln (Inventor)

    2000-01-01

    The instant invention involves a process used in preparing fibrous tows which may be formed into polymeric plastic composites. The process involves the steps of (a) forming a carbon fiber tow; (b) forming a thermoplastic polymeric fiber tow; (c) intermixing the two tows; and (d) withdrawing the intermixed tow for further use.

  14. Development of an ingredient containing apple peel, as a source of polyphenols and dietary fiber.

    PubMed

    Henríquez, Carolina; Speisky, Hernán; Chiffelle, Italo; Valenzuela, Tania; Araya, Manuel; Simpson, Ricardo; Almonacid, Sergio

    2010-08-01

    Apple peel is a waste product from dried apple manufacture. The content of phenolic compounds, dietary fiber, and mineral are higher in apple peel, compared to other edible parts of this fruits. The objective of this study was to develop an ingredient from Granny Smith apple peel, using a pilot scale double drum-dryer, as drying technology. The control of all steps to maximize the retention of phenolic compounds and dietary fiber was considered. Operational conditions, such as drying temperature and time were determined, as well as important preprocessing steps like grinding and PPO inhibition. In addition, the physical-chemical characteristics, mineral and sugar content, and technological functional properties such as water retention capacity, solubility index, and dispersability among others, were analyzed. A simple, economical, and suitable pilot scale process, to produce a powder ingredient from apple peel by-product, was obtained. The drying process includes the application of ascorbic acid at 0.5% in the fresh apple peel slurry, drum-dryer operational conditions were 110 degrees C, 0.15 rpm and 0.2 mm drum clearance. The ingredient developed could be considered as a source of phenolic compounds (38.6 mg gallic acid equivalent/g dry base) and dietary fiber (39.7% dry base) in the formulation of foods. Practical Application: A method to develop an ingredient from Granny Smith apple peel using a pilot scale double drum-dryer as drying technology was developed. The method is simple, economical, feasible, and suitable and maximizes the retention of phenolic compounds and dietary fiber present in the raw matter. The ingredient could be used in the formulation of foods. PMID:20722929

  15. Strong fibers

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    Li, Che-Yu.

    1991-03-01

    This program was directed to a new and generic approach to the development of new materials with novel and interesting properties, and to the precision fabrication of these materials in one and two-dimensional forms. Advanced deposition processes and microfabrication technology were used to produce fibers and grids of metals, semiconductors, ceramics, and mixtures of controlled composition and structure, and with new and interesting mechanical and physical properties. Deposition processes included electron beam evaporation, co-deposition of mixtures by dual electron beam evaporation, thermal evaporation, sputtering of a single element or compound, sputtering of a single element in a gaseous atmosphere to produce compounds, plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD), low pressure chemical vapor deposition (LPCVD), and selective tungsten chemical vapor deposition (W-CVD). The approach was to use the deposition processes in coordination with patterns generated by optical lithography to produce fibers with transverse dimensions in the micron range, and lengths from less than a millimeter to several centimeters. The approach is also applicable to the production of two-dimensional grids and particulates of controlled sizes and geometries.

  16. Optical fiber random grating-based multiparameter sensor.

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    Xu, Yanping; Lu, Ping; Gao, Song; Xiang, Dao; Lu, Ping; Mihailov, Stephen; Bao, Xiaoyi

    2015-12-01

    A novel multiparameter fiber-optic sensor based on a femtosecond laser micromachined random grating is proposed and demonstrated to realize simultaneous measurement of temperature, axial strain, and surrounding refractive index. A wavelength-division spectral cross-correlation algorithm is adopted to extract the phase variation induced spectral shift responding to different external disturbances. Sensitivities of 10.32 pm/°C, 1.24 pm/??, and -1520.6??pm/RIU were achieved for temperature, axial strain, and surrounding refractive index, respectively. The fiber random grating without phase mask fabrication and high physical strength is an excellent alternative aiming at simple and compact multifunctional fiber sensors. PMID:26625039

  17. Small-core chalcogenide microstructured fibers for the infrared

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    Desevedavy, Frederic; Renversez, Gilles; Brilland, Laurent; Houizot, Patrick; Troles, Johann; Coulombier, Quentin; Smektala, Frederic; Traynor, Nicholas; Adam, Jean-Luc

    2008-11-10

    We report several small-core chalcogenide microstructured fibers fabricated by the 'Stack and Draw' technique from Ge15Sb20S65 glass with regular profiles. Mode field diameters and losses have been measured at 1.55 {mu}m. For one of the presented fibers, the pitch is 2.5 {mu}m, three times smaller than that already obtained in our previous work, and the corresponding mode field diameter is now as small as 3.5 {mu}m. This fiber, obtained using a two step 'Stack and Draw' technique, is single-mode at 1.55 {mu}m from a practical point of view. We also report the first measurement of the attenuation between 1 and 3.5 {mu}m of a chalcogenide microstructured fiber. Experimental data concerning fiber attenuation and mode field diameter are compared with calculations. Finally, the origin of fiber attenuation and the nonlinearity of the fibers are discussed.

  18. Gene-rich islands for fiber development in the cotton genome

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    Cotton fiber is an economically important seed trichome and the world's leading natural fiber used in the manufacture of textiles. As a step towards elucidating the genomic organization and distribution of gene networks responsible for cotton fiber development, we investigated the distribution of f...

  19. Designing the Structure of Carbon Fibers for Optimal Mechanical Properties

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    Ozcan, Soydan; Vautard, Frederic; Naskar, Amit K

    2014-01-01

    Carbon fiber manufacturing follows generic processing steps: formation of thermoplastic fibers, stabilization, and carbonization. The final structures and end properties of the carbon fiber can differ significantly depending on the precursor chemistry and the associated processing sciences. Polyacrylonitrile (PAN) and mesophase pitch are the predominant precursors used in the production of carbon fibers. PAN-based carbon fibers consist of nanocrystalline graphitic domains typically 1.5 5 nm in size surrounded by amorphous carbon; in contrast, pitch-based carbon fibers are 10 50 nm crystallites with the graphitic (002) planes mostly aligned parallel to the fiber axis. It has been seen that the skin core structure of PAN-based carbon fibers plays a significant role in their mechanical properties. Designing a more homogenous carbon fiber microstructure by controlling the starting polymer and process parameters results in a different set of tensile strengths and elastic moduli. In this study the microstructural defect distribution (0.1 200 nm), measured by small-angle X-ray scattering, was shown to be directly related to the tensile strength of the carbon fibers. Here the formation of carbon structures from various polymer precursors is reviewed. Such a comprehensive understanding offers the opportunity to design carbon fiber microstructures with improved properties and to ultimately create new types of carbon fibers from alternative precursors at reduced cost.

  20. Computer-aided fiber analysis for crime scene forensics

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    Hildebrandt, Mario; Arndt, Christian; Makrushin, Andrey; Dittmann, Jana

    2012-03-01

    The forensic analysis of fibers is currently completely manual and therefore time consuming. The automation of analysis steps can significantly support forensic experts and reduce the time, required for the investigation. Moreover, a subjective expert belief is extended by objective machine estimation. This work proposes the pattern recognition pipeline containing the digital acquisition of a fiber media, the pre-processing for fiber segmentation, and the extraction of the distinctive characteristics of fibers. Currently, basic geometrical features like width, height, area of optically dominant fibers are investigated. In order to support the automatic classification of fibers, supervised machine learning algorithms are evaluated. The experimental setup includes a car seat and two pieces clothing of a different fabric. As preliminary work, acrylic as synthetic and sheep wool as natural fiber are chosen to be classified. While sitting on the seat, a test person leaves textile fibers. The test aims at automatic distinguishing of clothes through the fiber traces gained from the seat with the help of adhesive tape. The digitalization of fiber samples is provided by a contactless chromatic white light sensor. First test results showed, that two optically very different fibers can be properly assigned to their corresponding fiber type. The best classifier achieves an accuracy of 75 percent correctly classified samples for our suggested features.

  1. Angle of arrival detection through artificial neural network analysis of optical fiber intensity patterns

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    Thomas, Scott

    1990-12-01

    The optical sensors of United States Air Force reconnaissance vehicles, such as satellites, are subject to temporary or permanent blinding from hostile (or threat) laser radiation. By detecting and determining the angle of arrival (AOA) of the hostile radiation, the reconnaissance vehicle may be able to protect its optical sensors by taking evasive maneuvers or by shutting down the optical sensor (such as closing a shutter) until the threat has passed. In addition, the vehicle can relay information to its ground terminal allowing the intelligence community to determine the source of the hostile laser radiation. This thesis demonstrated that an intensity pattern out of a short piece of optical fiber could be used to determine the angle of arrival (AOA), to within 0.1 deg, of the incident laser energy on the front of the optical fiber. The optical fiber was a one-inch-long, 3mm-diameter, multimode, step-index, plastic fiber. The optical fiber was mounted to the front end of a charge injection device (CID) camera. The CID camera's angle with respect to the incident laser energy, a uniform amplitude plan wave, would be varied by a computer controlled rotational stage. The output of the CID camera was captured by Spiricon software. Captured outputs representing various AOAs were processed to provide template or test feature vectors. The processing method used a fast Fourier transform routine to create a 24 component low frequency feature vector. Two classification methodologies were used: a Eucledian distance method and a radial basis function neural network.

  2. Pulse Shepherding in Nonlinear Fiber Optics

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Yeh, C.; Bergman, L.

    1996-01-01

    In a wavelength division multiplexed fiber system, where pulses on different wavelength beams may co-propagate in a single mode fiber, the cross-phase-modulation (CPM) effects caused by the nonlinearity of the optical fiber are unavoidable. In other words, pulses on different wavelength beams can interact with and affect each other through the intensity dependence of the refractive index of the fiber. Although CPM will not cause energy to be exchanged among the beams, the pulse shapes and locations on these beams can be altered significantly. This phenomenon makes possible the manipulation and control of pulses co-propagating on different wavelength beams through the introduction of a shepherd pulse at a separate wavelength. How this can be accomplished is demonstrated in this paper.

  3. Chemical Sensing Using Fiber Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy

    PubMed Central

    Waechter, Helen; Litman, Jessica; Cheung, Adrienne H.; Barnes, Jack A.; Loock, Hans-Peter

    2010-01-01

    Waveguide-based cavity ring-down spectroscopy (CRD) can be used for quantitative measurements of chemical concentrations in small amounts of liquid, in gases or in films. The change in ring-down time can be correlated to analyte concentration when using fiber optic sensing elements that change their attenuation in dependence of either sample absorption or refractive index. Two types of fiber cavities, i.e., fiber loops and fiber strands containing reflective elements, are distinguished. Both types of cavities were coupled to a variety of chemical sensor elements, which are discussed and compared. PMID:22294895

  4. Improvement of the coupling efficiency between LEDs and optical fibers.

    PubMed

    Solomin, A Z; Alexopoulos, N G

    1979-06-15

    A truncated spherical lens geometry is evaluated for layered lenses with various index profiles to determine power coupling efficiency between an LED and an optical fiber. The equations for the efficiency calculation through multiple boundaries are discussed, and numerical results are presented for optical fibers with numerical aperture values of 0.14, 0.23, and 0.35. The layered Luneburg profile is found to give the highest efficiency when the lens and fiber have a significantly larger size than the LED. The layered Maxwell fisheye profile is most efficient when the lens, fiber, and LED are of similar radius. PMID:20212603

  5. Dispersion of the nano-InP doped fiber

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    Duan, Yuwen; Chen, Xi; Zhang, Ru; Lang, Peilin; Zhang, Ying

    2008-11-01

    We propose that nanomaterials can be used for fibers. A novel nano-InP doped fiber has been fabricated by the method of modified chemical vapor deposition (MCVD).It has been measured that the doping concentration is 0.1%. The relationship between refractive index and the wavelength is obtained by fitting experimental data to Sellmeier equation. Dispersion of the fiber has been calculated in the wavelength range 1.2-1.6?m. As the wavelength varies from 1.2?m to 1.60?m, dispersion parameter D increases but is always negative. It has found that the dispersion of nano-InP doped fibers is strongly changed compared to standard single-mode fibers, due to the nano-InP dopant which lead to a higher refractive index difference.

  6. Sensing Features of Long Period Gratings in Hollow Core Fibers

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    Iadicicco, Agostino; Campopiano, Stefania

    2015-01-01

    We report on the investigation of the sensing features of the Long-Period fiber Gratings (LPGs) fabricated in hollow core photonic crystal fibers (HC-PCFs) by the pressure assisted Electric Arc Discharge (EAD) technique. In particular, the characterization of the LPG in terms of shift in resonant wavelengths and changes in attenuation band depth to the environmental parameters: strain, temperature, curvature, refractive index and pressure is presented. The achieved results show that LPGs in HC-PCFs represent a novel high performance sensing platform for measurements of different physical parameters including strain, temperature and, especially, for measurements of environmental pressure. The pressure sensitivity enhancement is about four times greater if we compare LPGs in HC and standard fibers. Moreover, differently from LPGs in standard fibers, these LPGs realized in innovative fibers, i.e., the HC-PCFs, are not sensitive to surrounding refractive index. PMID:25855037

  7. Cumulative Index

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    stream_size 22105 stream_content_type text/plain stream_name Auslegung.v08.n03.317-332.pdf.txt stream_source_info Auslegung.v08.n03.317-332.pdf.txt Content-Encoding UTF-8 Content-Type text/plain; charset=UTF-8 CUMULATIVE... INDEX I. Articles (i) By Author Abate, Charles J. "Has Dretske Really Refuted Skepticism?", v.4, n.3 (June, 1977), pp. 169- 175. Abugattas, Juan A. "On the Relation Between Morality and the Notion of God". v.7, n.l (November, 1979), pp. 47...

  8. Instability analysis of the split-step Fourier method on the background of a soliton of

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    Lakoba, Taras I.

    notations adopted in fiber optics [1], whereby u is proportional to the complex envelope of the electric and nonlinear refractive index of the optical fiber, respectively. Although these real-valued constants can. Department of Mathematics and Statistics, 16 Colchester Ave., University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05401

  9. Method of forming composite fiber blends

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    McMahon, Paul E. (Inventor); Chung, Tai-Shung (Inventor); Ying, Lincoln (Inventor)

    1989-01-01

    The instant invention involves a process used in preparing fibrous tows which may be formed into polymeric plastic composites. The process involves the steps of (a) forming a tow of strong filamentary materials; (b) forming a thermoplastic polymeric fiber; (c) intermixing the two tows; and (d) withdrawing the intermixed tow for further use.

  10. Generation of Cerenkov radiation at 850 nm in higher-order-mode fiber.

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    Cheng, Ji; Lee, Jennifer H; Wang, Ke; Xu, Chris; Jespersen, Kim G; Garmund, Martin; Grüner-Nielsen, Lars; Jakobsen, Dan

    2011-04-25

    We demonstrate generation of Cerenkov radiation at 850 nm in a higher-order-mode (HOM) fiber. The LP02 mode in this solid, silica-based fiber has anomalous dispersion from 690 nm to 810 nm. Cerenkov radiation with 3 nJ pulse energy is generated in this module, exhibiting 60% energy conversion efficiency from the input. The HOM fiber provides a valuable fiber platform for nonlinear wavelength conversion with pulse energies in-between index-guided silica-core photonic crystal fibers and air-core photonic bandgap fibers. PMID:21643129

  11. Polymer optical fibers in Germany: reliability test for use in premises wiring

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    Frank, Werner F.; Braeuer, Andreas H.; Daum, Werner; Tessmann, Hans J.; Weinert, Andreas; Ziemann, Olaf

    1998-09-01

    Progresses in fiber technology - low NA fibers, graded index fibers, perfluorinated fibers of extremely low attenuation - let expect that polymer fibers find their way from in-house wiring outside to the premise and moreover to the access network. In order to study the application range of these fibers a long term reliability test at different temperatures and humidity conditions has been initialized. This contains an accelerated lifetime test in order to separate thermal activated processes from those of different origin. Different environmental conditions will be simulated, especially adverse ones.The experiments are planned as a round robin test and can possibly contribute to a new concept of standard specification.

  12. Polarization-dependent effects in point-by-point fiber Bragg gratings enable simple, linearly polarized fiber lasers.

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    Jovanovic, Nemanja; Thomas, Jens; Williams, Robert J; Steel, M J; Marshall, Graham D; Fuerbach, Alexander; Nolte, Stefan; Tünnermann, Andreas; Withford, Michael J

    2009-04-13

    Fiber Bragg gratings inscribed with a femtosecond laser using the point-by-point (PbP) technique have polarization dependent grating strength (PDGS) and exhibit birefringence. In this paper we quantify the dependence of these two properties on the ellipticity, position in the core and size of the micro-voids at the center of each refractive index modulation. We demonstrate that the effective modal index for type II gratings written with a femtosecond laser using the PbP method must be lower than that of the pristine fiber, and for the first time associate an axis with a polarization such that the long axis of the elliptically-shaped index modulations corresponds to the slow axis of the gratings. We exploit the PDGS of two gratings used as frequency-selective feedback elements as well as appropriate coiling, to realize a linearly-polarized fiber laser with a low birefringence fiber cavity. We show that the polarization-dependent grating strength is a function of the writing pulse energy and that only gratings optimized for this property will linearly polarize the fiber laser. The fiber lasers have high extinction ratios (>30 dB) for fiber lengths of up to 10 m and very stable polarized output powers (<0.5% amplitude fluctuations) in the range of 20-65 mW at 1540 nm. This method of polarization discrimination allows the realization of highly robust and simplified linearly polarized fiber lasers. PMID:19365431

  13. Microbend fiber-optic temperature sensor

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    Weiss, Jonathan D. (Albuquerque, NM)

    1995-01-01

    A temperature sensor is made of optical fiber into which quasi-sinusoidal microbends have been permanently introduced. In particular, the present invention includes a graded-index optical fiber directing steady light through a section of the optical fiber containing a plurality of permanent microbends. The microbend section of the optical fiber is contained in a thermally expansive sheath, attached to a thermally expansive structure, or attached to a bimetallic element undergoing temperature changes and being monitored. The microbend section is secured to the thermally expansive sheath which allows the amplitude of the microbends to decrease with temperature. The resultant increase in the optical fiber's transmission thus allows temperature to be measured. The plural microbend section of the optical fiber is secured to the thermally expansive structure only at its ends and the microbends themselves are completely unconstrained laterally by any bonding agent to obtain maximum longitudinal temperature sensitivity. Although the permanent microbends reduce the transmission capabilities of fiber optics, the present invention utilizes this phenomenon as a transduction mechanism which is optimized to measure temperature.

  14. Fabrication and characterization of special microstructured fibers

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    Kobelke, J.; Schuster, K.; Schwuchow, A.; Litzkendorf, D.; Spittel, R.; Kirchhof, J.; Bartelt, H.

    2011-05-01

    Microstructured optical fibers (MOFs) as a novel type of light guiding media typically combine structural elements with very different chemical and optical behavior, e.g. silica - air, silica - high refractive index glasses. The applicative potential is very manifold: devices for telecommunication, nonlinear optics, sensing devices, fiber based gas lasers, etc. We report about preparation and characterization of selected total internal reflection (TIR) guiding MOFs: Air Clad Fiber, Suspended Core Fiber and heavy metal oxide (HMO) glass core MOFs. We fabricated Air Clad Fibers with extreme air fraction. The bridge width of about 0.13 ?m corresponds to a numerical aperture (NA) of about 0.6. Suspended core fibers for evanescent sensing were prepared by pressurized drawing of arrangements of three and four capillaries. By inflating the cavities the NA was increased up to 0.68. Material combined MOFs were prepared for nonlinear application (e.g. supercontinuum generation) with lanthanum aluminum silicate glass core. Thermochemical and optical behaviors of high nonlinear core glass candidates were investigated for alumina concentration up to 20 mol% and lanthanum oxide concentration up to 24 mol% in silica matrix. The manufactured HMO glass core MOF with a La2O3 concentration of 10 mol% shows a similar background loss level like the unstructured HMO glass fiber about 1 dB/m.

  15. Multioctave infrared supercontinuum generation in large-core As?S? fibers.

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    Théberge, Francis; Thiré, Nicolas; Daigle, Jean-François; Mathieu, Pierre; Schmidt, Bruno E; Messaddeq, Younès; Vallée, Réal; Légaré, François

    2014-11-15

    We report on infrared supercontinuum (SC) generation through laser filamentation and subsequent nonlinear propagation in a step-index As2S3 fiber. The 100 ?m core and high-purity As2S3 fiber used exhibit zero-dispersion wavelength around 4.5 ?m, a mid-infrared background loss of 0.2??dB/m, and a maximum loss of only 0.55??dB/m at the S-H absorption peak around 4.05 ?m. When pumping with ultrashort laser pulses slightly above the S-H absorption band, broadband infrared supercontinua were generated with a 20 dB spectral flatness spanning from 1.5 up to 7 ?m. The efficiency and spectral shape of the SC produced by ultrashort pulses in large-core As2S3 fiber are mainly determined by its dispersion, the S-H contaminant absorption, and the mid-infrared nonlinear absorption. PMID:25490497

  16. Fiber optic connector

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    Rajic, S.; Muhs, J.D.

    1996-10-22

    A fiber optic connector and method for connecting composite materials within which optical fibers are imbedded are disclosed. The fiber optic connector includes a capillary tube for receiving optical fibers at opposing ends. The method involves inserting a first optical fiber into the capillary tube and imbedding the unit in the end of a softened composite material. The capillary tube is injected with a coupling medium which subsequently solidifies. The composite material is machined to a desired configuration. An external optical fiber is then inserted into the capillary tube after fluidizing the coupling medium, whereby the optical fibers are coupled. 3 figs.

  17. Fiber optic connector

    DOEpatents

    Rajic, Slobodan (Knoxville, TN); Muhs, Jeffrey D. (Lenior City, TN)

    1996-01-01

    A fiber optic connector and method for connecting composite materials within which optical fibers are imbedded. The fiber optic connector includes a capillary tube for receiving optical fibers at opposing ends. The method involves inserting a first optical fiber into the capillary tube and imbedding the unit in the end of a softened composite material. The capillary tube is injected with a coupling medium which subsequently solidifies. The composite material is machined to a desired configuration. An external optical fiber is then inserted into the capillary tube after fluidizing the coupling medium, whereby the optical fibers are coupled.

  18. Fiber optic temperature sensor

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    Sawatari, Takeo (Inventor); Gaubis, Philip A. (Inventor); Mattes, Brenton L. (Inventor); Charnetski, Clark J. (Inventor)

    1999-01-01

    A fiber optic temperature sensor uses a light source which transmits light through an optical fiber to a sensor head at the opposite end of the optical fiber from the light source. The sensor head has a housing coupled to the end of the optical fiber. A metallic reflective surface is coupled to the housing adjacent the end of the optical fiber to form a gap having a predetermined length between the reflective surface and the optical fiber. A detection system is also coupled to the optical fiber which determines the temperature at the sensor head from an interference pattern of light which is reflected from the reflective surface.

  19. Fiber optic temperature sensor

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    Sawatari, Takeo (Inventor); Gaubis, Philip A. (Inventor)

    2000-01-01

    A fiber optic temperature sensor uses a light source which transmits light through an optical fiber to a sensor head at the opposite end of the optical fiber from the light source. The sensor head has a housing coupled to the end of the optical fiber. A metallic reflective surface is coupled to the housing adjacent the end of the optical fiber to form a gap having a predetermined length between the reflective surface and the optical fiber. A detection system is also coupled to the optical fiber which determines the temperature at the sensor head from an interference pattern of light which is reflected from the reflective surface.

  20. Coatings for graphite fibers

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    Galasso, F. S.; Scola, D. A.; Veltri, R. D.

    1980-01-01

    Graphite fibers released from composites during burning or an explosion caused shorting of electrical and electronic equipment. Silicon carbide, silica, silicon nitride and boron nitride were coated on graphite fibers to increase their electrical resistances. Resistances as high as three orders of magnitude higher than uncoated fiber were attained without any significant degradation of the substrate fiber. An organo-silicone approach to produce coated fibers with high electrical resistance was also used. Celion 6000 graphite fibers were coated with an organo-silicone compound, followed by hydrolysis and pyrolysis of the coating to a silica-like material. The shear and flexural strengths of composites made from high electrically resistant fibers were considerably lower than the shear and flexural strengths of composites made from the lower electrically resistant fibers. The lower shear strengths of the composites indicated that the coatings on these fibers were weaker than the coating on the fibers which were pyrolyzed at higher temperature.

  1. Algorithm Bibliography Baby Step, Giant Step

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    Babinkostova, Liljana

    Bibliography Then we calculate Q - jmP for j = 0, 1, .., 7, or until we find a point equal to one of the iP of order n, and let P, Q G. The problem is to find an integer k such that kP = Q. The Baby Step, Giant an integer m n and compute mP. 2. Compute and store a list for each iP for 1 i m - 1. 3. Compute

  2. Confocal microscopy through a multimode fiber using optical correlation

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    Loterie, Damien; Psaltis, Demetri; Moser, Christophe

    2015-01-01

    We report on a method to obtain confocal imaging through multimode fibers using optical correlation. First, we measure the fiber's transmission matrix in a calibration step. This allows us to create focused spots at one end of the fiber by shaping the wavefront sent into it from the opposite end. These spots are scanned over a sample, and the light coming back from the sample via the fiber is optically correlated with the input pattern. We show that this achieves spatial selectivity in the detection. The technique is demonstrated on microbeads, a dried epithelial cell, and a cover glass.

  3. Fiber optic monitoring device

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    Samborsky, James K. (605 Groves Blvd., N. Augusta, SC 29841)

    1993-01-01

    A device for the purpose of monitoring light transmissions in optical fibers comprises a fiber optic tap that optically diverts a fraction of a transmitted optical signal without disrupting the integrity of the signal. The diverted signal is carried, preferably by the fiber optic tap, to a lens or lens system that disperses the light over a solid angle that facilitates viewing. The dispersed light indicates whether or not the monitored optical fiber or system of optical fibers is currently transmitting optical information.

  4. STEP Experiment Requirements

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    Brumfield, M. L. (compiler)

    1984-01-01

    A plan to develop a space technology experiments platform (STEP) was examined. NASA Langley Research Center held a STEP Experiment Requirements Workshop on June 29 and 30 and July 1, 1983, at which experiment proposers were invited to present more detailed information on their experiment concept and requirements. A feasibility and preliminary definition study was conducted and the preliminary definition of STEP capabilities and experiment concepts and expected requirements for support services are presented. The preliminary definition of STEP capabilities based on detailed review of potential experiment requirements is investigated. Topics discussed include: Shuttle on-orbit dynamics; effects of the space environment on damping materials; erectable beam experiment; technology for development of very large solar array deployers; thermal energy management process experiment; photovoltaic concentrater pointing dynamics and plasma interactions; vibration isolation technology; flight tests of a synthetic aperture radar antenna with use of STEP.

  5. Thulium fiber laser lithotripsy

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    Scott, Nicholas J.; Cilip, Christopher M.; Fried, Nathaniel M.

    2009-02-01

    Complications during laser lithotripsy include optical fiber bending failure resulting in endoscope damage and low irrigation rates leading to poor visibility. Both problems are related to fiber diameter and limited by the Holmium:YAG laser (? = 2120 nm) multimode beam profile. This study exploits the Thulium fiber laser (? = 1908 nm) beam profile for higher power transmission through smaller fibers. Thulium fiber laser radiation with 1-ms pulse duration, pulse rates of 10-30 Hz, and 70-?m-diameter spot was coupled into silica fibers with 100, 150, and 200 ?m core diameters. Fiber transmission, bending, and endoscope irrigation tests were performed. Damage thresholds for 100, 150, 200 ?m fibers averaged 40 W, 60 W, and > 80 W. Irrigation rates measured 35, 26, and 15 ml/min for no fiber, 100, and 200 ?m fibers. Thulium fiber laser energy of 70-mJ delivered at 20 Hz through a 100 ?m fiber resulted in vaporization and fragmentation rates of 10 and 60 mg/min for uric acid stones. The Thulium fiber laser beam profile provides higher laser power through smaller fibers than the Ho:YAG laser, potentially reducing fiber failure and endoscope damage and allowing greater irrigation rates for improved visibility.

  6. Toughness of fiber reinforced shotcrete

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    Morgan, D.R.; Chen, L.; Beaupre, D.

    1995-12-31

    Fibers are added to shotcrete to improve energy absorption and impact resistance, to provide crack resistance and crack control, and to provide apparent ductility, i.e., an ability to continue to carry load after the shotcrete matrix has cracked. In order to be able to quantify the benefits of fiber addition, a variety of different toughness measuring systems have been developed in different countries. Most commonly used are flexural toughness systems which determine load vs. deflection responses and relate the area under the curve to some absolute or dimensionless index energy parameter. In North America the ASTM C1018 test method is most commonly used. In Japan the JSCE-SF4 test procedure is used. A variety of procedures have been used in Europe, but the template approach of the Norwegian Guidelines NBP No. 7, seems to be finding favor. This paper briefly assesses the relative advantages and disadvantages of the various methods of characterizing toughness. It then provides recommendations for a new procedure which uses the ASTM C1018 test method for generating the flexural load vs. deflection curve, but analyzes the data using a modified version of the Norwegian template approach. The load vs. deflection curve is directly compared against four residual strength curves and the fiber reinforced shotcrete assigned one of four toughness performance levels. It is believed that this new procedure should provide suitable within and between laboratory reproducibility and be more suitable for purposes of differentiating between different fiber types and addition rates and specifying toughness for fiber reinforced shotcrete products than any of the existing methods.

  7. Progress in the development of scintillating optical fibers

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    Borenstein, S.R.; Strand, R.C.

    1983-01-01

    Starting with 1 inch diameter PVT scintillator as a preform, the authors have drawn fibers of several diameters ranging from 1 to 4 mm. These fibers have been coated in line with the draw to form optical fibers. Several cladding materials whose index of refraction ranges from 1.35 to 1.55 have been used. The most successful fiber has been obtained with an extra thick (200 micron) cladding of silicone in combination with a linear draw, as opposed to a spool draw. This fiber is acceptable, but it is extremely fragile and its quality is difficult to control. The authors are currently constructing a 12 channel hodoscope with 1 mm spatial resolution using 4 mm diameter fibers. An account is also given of the progress made in using the Avalanche Photo Diode (APD) operated in the Geiger mode as the photo detector.

  8. Humidity sensor based on optical fiber attached with hydrogel spheres

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    Zhang, Zhi Feng; Zhang, Yilei

    2015-11-01

    This paper reports a new type of intensity-based fiber optic humidity sensor formed by solidifying mini hydrogel spheres on bare fiber cores. Upon variation of relative humidity, the refractive index of hydrogel spheres changes and leads to the intensity change of the transmitted light through the fiber. The dependence of the transmission ratio on the refractive index, size, number and separated distance of hydrogel spheres is simulated and optimized by using commercial software program TracePro. Simulation results suggest great dependence of the transmission ratio on the refractive index change of hydrogel spheres compared to even-thickness coating, because the spherical geometry is much more effective to couple light out of the fiber core. For example, the transmission ratio of the fiber core attached with a single hydrogel sphere in diameter of 2 mm could be reduced to 9% by changing refractive index of hydrogel while 2 mm coating could only achieve 87% for the same fiber core. Larger spheres reduce transmission as expected for longer coupling length. Increasing sphere number also cut transmission but the magnitude become minimal for four and more spheres. Preliminary experimental studies were carried out and demonstrated the idea of the sensor.

  9. Characterization of all-glass photonic band gap fiber

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    Buczynski, Ryszard; Kujawa, Ireneusz; Lusawa, Marzenna; Pysz, Dariusz; Martynkien, Tadeusz; Berghmans, Francis; Nasilowski, Tomasz; Thienpont, Hugo; Stepien, Ryszard

    2008-12-01

    In this paper we report on the fabrication and characterization of a double glass micro-structured fiber with low index core and photonic cladding made of high index micro-rods. Micro rods are made of lead-oxide F2 commercially available glass (SCHOTT Inc.) with a refractive index nD=1.619, while as background we use a borosilicate NC21 glass with a refractive index nD=1.533. The fiber cladding is composed of 8 rings of F2 glass micro rods ordered in hexagonal lattice. A core is created by replacement of seven F2 rods with NC21 rods. A fabricated fiber has a linear filling factor of 0.75 and micro rods diameter of 1.2 ?m. A core has a diameter of 3.7 ?m while cladding and total fiber diameter are 42,6?m and 120 ?m, respectively. Using supercontinuum source we have measured transmission properties of the fabricated fiber. Based on measurements of the fiber samples of 18-80 cm long we have identified two photonic band gaps. Fist band gap is localized in visible range at 610 nm central wavelength. The second broadband photonic band gap is localized in near infrared and it is 80 nm wide at 840 nm central wavelength.

  10. Design, fabrication and validation of an OAM fiber supporting 36 states.

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    Brunet, Charles; Vaity, Pravin; Messaddeq, Younès; LaRochelle, Sophie; Rusch, Leslie A

    2014-10-20

    We present an optical fiber supporting 36 information bearing orbital angular momentum (OAM) states spanning 9 OAM orders. We introduce design techniques to maximize the number of OAM modes supported in the fiber; while avoiding LP mode excitation. We fabricate such a fiber with an air core and an annular index profile using the MCVD process. We introduce a new technique for shaping OAM beams in free-space to obtain better coupling efficiency with fiber with annular index profiles. We excite 9 orders of OAM in the fiber, using interferometry to verify the OAM state on exiting the fiber. Using polarization multiplexing and both signs for the topological charge, we confirm support of 36 states, exploiting to our knowledge the highest number of OAM modes ever transmitted in optical fiber. PMID:25401644

  11. Towards low-noise fiber sources for coherent Raman microscopy

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    Lamb, Erin S.; Pei, Hanzhang; Wise, Frank W.

    2015-03-01

    A compact, robust, and inexpensive fiber-based source for coherent Raman imaging would benefit both re-searchers and the clinical application of these imaging techniques. However, the relative intensity noise of fiber sources has precluded their use for stimulated Raman scattering microscopy without the use of electronic noise cancellation. A recently demonstrated fiber optical parametric oscillator was used to achieve high-quality images using coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering microscopy, and demonstrated that the self-consistent nature of the oscillator aided low-noise frequency conversion. Thus, reducing the intensity noise on the fiber laser used to pump this device will be a critical step in creating a fiber-based source for stimulated Raman scattering microscopy. We will report the design and construction of high-energy dissipative soliton fiber lasers as a potential source of quiet picosecond pulses at 1 ?m, along with application to pumping the optical parametric oscillator.

  12. Stepping Motor Control System

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    Larson, Noble G.

    This paper describes a hardware system designed to facilitate position and velocity control of a group of eight stepping motors using a PDP-11. The system includes motor driver cards and other interface cards in addition ...

  13. Effect of adding the novel fiber, PGX®, to commonly consumed foods on glycemic response, glycemic index and GRIP: a simple and effective strategy for reducing post prandial blood glucose levels - a randomized, controlled trial

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    2010-01-01

    Background Reductions in postprandial glycemia have been demonstrated previously with the addition of the novel viscous polysaccharide (NVP), PolyGlycopleX® (PGX®), to an OGTT or white bread. This study explores whether these reductions are sustained when NVP is added to a range of commonly consumed foods or incorporated into a breakfast cereal. Methods Ten healthy subjects (4M, 6F; age 37.3 ± 3.6 y; BMI 23.8 ± 1.3 kg/m2), participated in an acute, randomized controlled trial. The glycemic response to cornflakes, rice, yogurt, and a frozen dinner with and without 5 g of NVP sprinkled onto the food was determined. In addition, 3 granolas with different levels of NVP and 3 control white breads and one white bread and milk were also consumed. All meals contained 50 g of available carbohydrate. Capillary blood samples were taken fasting and at 15, 30, 45, 60, 90 and 120 min after the start of the meal. The glycemic index (GI) and the glycemic reduction index potential (GRIP) were calculated. The blood glucose concentrations at each time and the iAUC values were subjected to repeated-measures analysis of variance (ANOVA) examining for the effect of test meal. After demonstration of significant heterogeneity, differences between individual means was assessed using GLM ANOVA with Tukey test to adjust for multiple comparisons. Results Addition of NVP reduced blood glucose response irrespective of food or dose (p < 0.01). The GI of cornflakes, cornflakes+NVP, rice, rice+NVP, yogurt, yogurt+NVP, turkey dinner, and turkey dinner+NVP were 83 ± 8, 58 ± 7, 82 ± 8, 45 ± 4, 44 ± 4, 38 ± 3, 55 ± 5 and 41 ± 4, respectively. The GI of the control granola, and granolas with 2.5 and 5 g of NVP were 64 ± 6, 33 ± 5, and 22 ± 3 respectively. GRIP was 6.8 ± 0.9 units per/g of NVP. Conclusion Sprinkling or incorporation of NVP into a variety of different foods is highly effective in reducing postprandial glycemia and lowering the GI of a food. Clinical Trial registration NCT00935350. PMID:21092221

  14. Fully automated, quantitative, noninvasive assessment of collagen fiber content and organization in thick collagen gels

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    Bayan, Christopher; Levitt, Jonathan M.; Miller, Eric; Kaplan, David; Georgakoudi, Irene

    2009-05-01

    Collagen is the most prominent protein of human tissues. Its content and organization define to a large extent the mechanical properties of tissue as well as its function. Methods that have been used traditionally to visualize and analyze collagen are invasive, provide only qualitative or indirect information, and have limited use in studies that aim to understand the dynamic nature of collagen remodeling and its interactions with the surrounding cells and other matrix components. Second harmonic generation (SHG) imaging emerged as a promising noninvasive modality for providing high-resolution images of collagen fibers within thick specimens, such as tissues. In this article, we present a fully automated procedure to acquire quantitative information on the content, orientation, and organization of collagen fibers. We use this procedure to monitor the dynamic remodeling of collagen gels in the absence or presence of fibroblasts over periods of 12 or 14 days. We find that an adaptive thresholding and stretching approach provides great insight to the content of collagen fibers within SHG images without the need for user input. An additional feature-erosion and feature-dilation step is useful for preserving structure and noise removal in images with low signal. To quantitatively assess the orientation of collagen fibers, we extract the orientation index (OI), a parameter based on the power distribution of the spatial-frequency-averaged, two-dimensional Fourier transform of the SHG images. To measure the local organization of the collagen fibers, we access the Hough transform of small tiles of the image and compute the entropy distribution, which represents the probability of finding the direction of fibers along a dominant direction. Using these methods we observed that the presence and number of fibroblasts within the collagen gel significantly affects the remodeling of the collagen matrix. In the absence of fibroblasts, gels contract, especially during the first few days, in a manner that allows the fibers to remain mostly disoriented, as indicated by small OI values. Subtle changes in the local organization of fibers may be taking place as the corresponding entropy values of these gels show a small decrease. The presence of fibroblasts affects the collagen matrix in a manner that is highly dependent on their number. A low density of fibroblasts enhances the rate of initial gel contraction, but ultimately leads to degradation of collagen fibers, which start to organize in localized clumps. This degradation and reorganization is seen within the first days of incubation with fibroblasts at a high density and is followed by de novo collagen fiber deposition by the fibroblasts. These collagen fibers are more highly oriented and organized than the fibers of the original collagen gel. These initial studies demonstrate that SHG imaging in combination with automated image analysis approaches offer a noninvasive and easily implementable method for characterizing important features of the content and organization of collagen in tissuelike specimens. Therefore, these studies could offer important insights for improving tissue engineering and disease diagnostic efforts.

  15. Design of fiber optic probes for laser light scattering

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    Dhadwal, Harbans S.; Chu, Benjamin

    1989-01-01

    A quantitative analysis is presented of the role of optical fibers in laser light scattering. Design of a general fiber optic/microlens probe by means of ray tracing is described. Several different geometries employing an optical fiber of the type used in lightwave communications and a graded index microlens are considered. Experimental results using a nonimaging fiber optic detector probe show that due to geometrical limitations of single mode fibers, a probe using a multimode optical fiber has better performance, for both static and dynamic measurements of the scattered light intensity, compared with a probe using a single mode fiber. Fiber optic detector probes are shown to be more efficient at data collection when compared with conventional approaches to measurements of the scattered laser light. Integration of fiber optic detector probes into a fiber optic spectrometer offers considerable miniaturization of conventional light scattering spectrometers, which can be made arbitrarily small. In addition static and dynamic measurements of scattered light can be made within the scattering cell and consequently very close to the scattering center.

  16. Peripheral Nerve Ultrasound in Small Fiber Polyneuropathy.

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    Ebadi, Hamid; Siddiqui, Hafsah; Ebadi, Sepehr; Ngo, MyLan; Breiner, Ari; Bril, Vera

    2015-11-01

    Routine nerve conduction studies are normal in patients with small fiber neuropathy (SFN), and a definitive diagnosis is based on skin biopsy revealing reduced intra-epidermal nerve fiber density (IENFD). In large fiber polyneuropathy, ultrasound (US) parameters indicate enlargement in cross-sectional area (CSA). This study was aimed at determining if similar changes in large fibers on US are apparent in patients with SFN. Twenty-five patients with SFN diagnosed by reduced IENFD and 25 age- and body mass index (BMI)-matched healthy controls underwent US studies of sural and superficial peroneal sensory nerves. The mean CSA of the sural nerve in SFN patients was 3.2 ± 0.8 mm(2), and in controls, 2.7 ± 0.6 mm(2) (p < 0.0070), and this was independent of sex. There was no difference in the thickness-to-width ratio or echogenicity of the nerves. US of the sural nerve in patients diagnosed with small fiber neuropathy reveals an enlarged cross-sectional area similar to that in large fiber polyneuropathy. PMID:26318562

  17. Effect of pulses from a high-power ytterbium fiber laser on a material with a nonuniform refractive index. II. Production and parameters of Nd:Y2O3 nanopowders

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    Osipov, V. V.; Lisenkov, V. V.; Platonov, V. V.; Orlov, A. N.; Podkin, A. V.; Savvin, I. A.

    2014-05-01

    The laser ablation of the Nd:Y2O3 target with substantially nonuniform refractive index leads to the formation of a needle-shaped surface with a needle height of 6-8 mm. An increase in the displacement velocity of the laser beam on the surface to 80 cm/s and an increase in the diameter of the laser spot at the central part of the beam waist to 430 ?m lead to a more uniform relief of the target surface and an increase in the nanopowder yield and production rate to 22% and 23 g/h, respectively. In addition, an excess of the mole content of the low-melting Nd2O3 in the powder decreases from 174 to 11% in comparison with the target. At an air pressure in the evaporation chamber of 0.8 bar, the mean sizes of nanoparticles (13-14 nm) are virtually independent of the displacement velocity of the beam on the surface (7-81 cm/s) and the rate of air flow above the target (13-70 m/s) in spite of significantly different nanopowder production rates.

  18. Ceramic fiber reinforced filter

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    Stinton, David P. (Knoxville, TN); McLaughlin, Jerry C. (Oak Ridge, TN); Lowden, Richard A. (Powell, TN)

    1991-01-01

    A filter for removing particulate matter from high temperature flowing fluids, and in particular gases, that is reinforced with ceramic fibers. The filter has a ceramic base fiber material in the form of a fabric, felt, paper of the like, with the refractory fibers thereof coated with a thin layer of a protective and bonding refractory applied by chemical vapor deposition techniques. This coating causes each fiber to be physically joined to adjoining fibers so as to prevent movement of the fibers during use and to increase the strength and toughness of the composite filter. Further, the coating can be selected to minimize any reactions between the constituents of the fluids and the fibers. A description is given of the formation of a composite filter using a felt preform of commercial silicon carbide fibers together with the coating of these fibers with pure silicon carbide. Filter efficiency approaching 100% has been demonstrated with these filters. The fiber base material is alternately made from aluminosilicate fibers, zirconia fibers and alumina fibers. Coating with Al.sub.2 O.sub.3 is also described. Advanced configurations for the composite filter are suggested.

  19. Multimaterial fiber electronics

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    Lestoquoy, Guillaume

    2014-01-01

    As the number of materials that are thermally-drawable into fibers is rapidly expending, numerous new multimaterial fiber architectures can be envisioned and fabricated. High-melting temperature metals, compound materials, ...

  20. Soluble vs. insoluble fiber

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    ... soluble and insoluble. Both are important for health, digestion, and preventing diseases. Soluble fiber attracts water and turns to gel during digestion. This slows digestion. Soluble fiber is found in ...

  1. Fiber draw synthesis

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    Orf, Nicholas D.

    The synthesis of a high-melting temperature semiconductor in a low-temperature fiber drawing process is demonstrated, substantially expanding the set of materials that can be incorporated into fibers. Reagents in the solid ...

  2. Whole Grains and Fiber

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    ... first ingredient listed. Choose whole grain foods that contain one of the following ingredients first on the ... of the grains are whole grains. Does not contain partially hydrogenated oils. Dietary Fiber Dietary fiber is ...

  3. Omnidirectional fiber optic tiltmeter

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    Benjamin, B.C.; Miller, H.M.

    1983-06-30

    A tiltmeter is provided which is useful in detecting very small movements such as earth tides. The device comprises a single optical fiber, and an associated weight affixed thereto, suspended from a support to form a pendulum. A light source, e.g., a light emitting diode, mounted on the support transmits light through the optical fiber to a group of further optical fibers located adjacent to but spaced from the free end of the single optical fiber so that displacement of the single optical fiber with respect to the group will result in a change in the amount of light received by the individual optical fibers of the group. Photodetectors individually connectd to the fibers produce corresponding electrical outputs which are differentially compared and processed to produce a resultant continuous analog output representative of the amount and direction of displacement of the single optical fiber.

  4. Fiber Optics Technology.

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    Burns, William E.

    1986-01-01

    Discusses various applications of fiber optics technology: information systems, industrial robots, medicine, television, transportation, and training. Types of jobs that will be available with fiber optics training (such as electricians and telephone cable installers and splicers) are examined. (CT)

  5. Fiber Optics Instrumentation Development

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    Chan, Patrick Hon Man; Parker, Allen R., Jr.; Richards, W. Lance

    2010-01-01

    This is a general presentation of fiber optics instrumentation development work being conducted at NASA Dryden for the past 10 years and recent achievements in the field of fiber optics strain sensors.

  6. Electrospun nanofiber scaffolds with gradations in fiber organization.

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    Khandalavala, Karl; Jiang, Jiang; Shuler, Franklin D; Xie, Jingwei

    2015-01-01

    The goal of this protocol is to report a simple method for generating nanofiber scaffolds with gradations in fiber organization and test their possible applications in controlling cell morphology/orientation. Nanofiber organization is controlled with a new fabrication apparatus that enables the gradual decrease of fiber organization in a scaffold. Changing the alignment of fibers is achieved through decreasing deposition time of random electrospun fibers on a uniaxially aligned fiber mat. By covering the collector with a moving barrier/mask, along the same axis as fiber deposition, the organizational structure is easily controlled. For tissue engineering purposes, adipose-derived stem cells can be seeded to these scaffolds. Stem cells undergo morphological changes as a result of their position on the varied organizational structure, and can potentially differentiate into different cell types depending on their locations. Additionally, the graded organization of fibers enhances the biomimicry of nanofiber scaffolds so they more closely resemble the natural orientations of collagen nanofibers at tendon-to-bone insertion site compared to traditional scaffolds. Through nanoencapsulation, the gradated fibers also afford the possibility to construct chemical gradients in fiber scaffolds, and thereby further strengthen their potential applications in fast screening of cell-materials interaction and interfacial tissue regeneration. This technique enables the production of continuous gradient scaffolds, but it also can potentially produce fibers in discrete steps by controlling the movement of the moving barrier/mask in a discrete fashion. PMID:25938562

  7. Helical Fiber Amplifier

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    Koplow, Jeffrey P. (Washington, DC); Kliner, Dahy (San Ramon, CA); Goldberg, Lew (Fairfax, VA)

    2002-12-17

    A multi-mode gain fiber is provided which affords substantial improvements in the maximum pulse energy, peak power handling capabilities, average output power, and/or pumping efficiency of fiber amplifier and laser sources while maintaining good beam quality (comparable to that of a conventional single-mode fiber source). These benefits are realized by coiling the multimode gain fiber to induce significant bend loss for all but the lowest-order mode(s).

  8. Fiber pulling apparatus modification

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    Smith, Guy A.; Workman, Gary L.

    1992-01-01

    A reduced gravity fiber pulling apparatus (FPA) was constructed in order to study the effects of gravity on glass fiber formation. The apparatus was specifically designed and built for use on NASA's KC-135 aircraft. Four flights have been completed to date during which E-glass fiber was successfully produced in simulated zero, high, and lunar gravity environments. In addition simulated lunar soil samples were tested for their fiber producing properties using the FPA.

  9. Computing discharge using the index velocity method

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    Levesque, Victor A.; Oberg, Kevin A.

    2012-01-01

    Application of the index velocity method for computing continuous records of discharge has become increasingly common, especially since the introduction of low-cost acoustic Doppler velocity meters (ADVMs) in 1997. Presently (2011), the index velocity method is being used to compute discharge records for approximately 470 gaging stations operated and maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey. The purpose of this report is to document and describe techniques for computing discharge records using the index velocity method. Computing discharge using the index velocity method differs from the traditional stage-discharge method by separating velocity and area into two ratings—the index velocity rating and the stage-area rating. The outputs from each of these ratings, mean channel velocity (V) and cross-sectional area (A), are then multiplied together to compute a discharge. For the index velocity method, V is a function of such parameters as streamwise velocity, stage, cross-stream velocity, and velocity head, and A is a function of stage and cross-section shape. The index velocity method can be used at locations where stage-discharge methods are used, but it is especially appropriate when more than one specific discharge can be measured for a specific stage. After the ADVM is selected, installed, and configured, the stage-area rating and the index velocity rating must be developed. A standard cross section is identified and surveyed in order to develop the stage-area rating. The standard cross section should be surveyed every year for the first 3 years of operation and thereafter at a lesser frequency, depending on the susceptibility of the cross section to change. Periodic measurements of discharge are used to calibrate and validate the index rating for the range of conditions experienced at the gaging station. Data from discharge measurements, ADVMs, and stage sensors are compiled for index-rating analysis. Index ratings are developed by means of regression techniques in which the mean cross-sectional velocity for the standard section is related to the measured index velocity. Most ratings are simple-linear regressions, but more complex ratings may be necessary in some cases. Once the rating is established, validation measurements should be made periodically. Over time, validation measurements may provide additional definition to the rating or result in the creation of a new rating. The computation of discharge is the last step in the index velocity method, and in some ways it is the most straight-forward step. This step differs little from the steps used to compute discharge records for stage-discharge gaging stations. The ratings are entered into database software used for records computation, and continuous records of discharge are computed.

  10. Fiber optic coupled optical sensor

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    Fleming, Kevin J. (Albuquerque, NM)

    2001-01-01

    A displacement sensor includes a first optical fiber for radiating light to a target, and a second optical fiber for receiving light from the target. The end of the first fiber is adjacent and not axially aligned with the second fiber end. A lens focuses light from the first fiber onto the target and light from the target onto the second fiber.

  11. DIDA: Distributed Indexing Dispatched Alignment.

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    Mohamadi, Hamid; Vandervalk, Benjamin P; Raymond, Anthony; Jackman, Shaun D; Chu, Justin; Breshears, Clay P; Birol, Inanc

    2015-01-01

    One essential application in bioinformatics that is affected by the high-throughput sequencing data deluge is the sequence alignment problem, where nucleotide or amino acid sequences are queried against targets to find regions of close similarity. When queries are too many and/or targets are too large, the alignment process becomes computationally challenging. This is usually addressed by preprocessing techniques, where the queries and/or targets are indexed for easy access while searching for matches. When the target is static, such as in an established reference genome, the cost of indexing is amortized by reusing the generated index. However, when the targets are non-static, such as contigs in the intermediate steps of a de novo assembly process, a new index must be computed for each run. To address such scalability problems, we present DIDA, a novel framework that distributes the indexing and alignment tasks into smaller subtasks over a cluster of compute nodes. It provides a workflow beyond the common practice of embarrassingly parallel implementations. DIDA is a cost-effective, scalable and modular framework for the sequence alignment problem in terms of memory usage and runtime. It can be employed in large-scale alignments to draft genomes and intermediate stages of de novo assembly runs. The DIDA source code, sample files and user manual are available through http://www.bcgsc.ca/platform/bioinfo/software/dida. The software is released under the British Columbia Cancer Agency License (BCCA), and is free for academic use. PMID:25923767

  12. 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 ?m 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.

  13. Oxynitride glass fibers

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    Patel, Parimal J.; Messier, Donald R.; Rich, R. E.

    1991-01-01

    Research at the Army Materials Technology Laboratory (AMTL) and elsewhere has shown that many glass properties including elastic modulus, hardness, and corrosion resistance are improved markedly by the substitution of nitrogen for oxygen in the glass structure. Oxynitride glasses, therefore, offer exciting opportunities for making high modulus, high strength fibers. Processes for making oxynitride glasses and fibers of glass compositions similar to commercial oxide glasses, but with considerable enhanced properties, are discussed. We have made glasses with elastic moduli as high as 140 GPa and fibers with moduli of 120 GPa and tensile strengths up to 2900 MPa. AMTL holds a U.S. patent on oxynitride glass fibers, and this presentation discusses a unique process for drawing small diameter oxynitride glass fibers at high drawing rates. Fibers are drawn through a nozzle from molten glass in a molybdenum crucible at 1550 C. The crucible is situated in a furnace chamber in flowing nitrogen, and the fiber is wound in air outside of the chamber, making the process straightforward and commercially feasible. Strengths were considerably improved by improving glass quality to minimize internal defects. Though the fiber strengths were comparable with oxide fibers, work is currently in progress to further improve the elastic modulus and strength of fibers. The high elastic modulus of oxynitride glasses indicate their potential for making fibers with tensile strengths surpassing any oxide glass fibers, and we hope to realize that potential in the near future.

  14. Advanced Engineering Fibers.

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    Edie, Dan D.; Dunham, Michael G.

    1987-01-01

    Describes Clemson University's Advanced Engineered Fibers Laboratory, which was established to provide national leadership and expertise in developing the processing equipment and advance fibers necessary for the chemical, fiber, and textile industries to enter the composite materials market. Discusses some of the laboratory's activities in…

  15. The Fiber Optic Connection.

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    Reese, Susan

    2003-01-01

    Describes the fiber optics programs at the Career and Technical Center in Berlin, Pennsylvania and the Charles S. Monroe Technology Center in Loudoun County, Virginia. Discusses the involvement of the Fiber Optic Association with education, research and development, manufacturing, sales, distribution, installation, and maintenance of fiber optic…

  16. Mineral Fiber Toxicology

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    The chemical and physical properties of different forms of mineral fibers impact biopersistence and pathology in the lung. Fiber chemistry, length, aspect ratio, surface area and dose are critical factors determining mineral fiber-associated health effects including cancer and as...

  17. Linearly polarized fiber amplifier

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    Kliner, Dahv A.; Koplow, Jeffery P.

    2004-11-30

    Optically pumped rare-earth-doped polarizing fibers exhibit significantly higher gain for one linear polarization state than for the orthogonal state. Such a fiber can be used to construct a single-polarization fiber laser, amplifier, or amplified-spontaneous-emission (ASE) source without the need for additional optical components to obtain stable, linearly polarized operation.

  18. Transmission of red-laser radiation by using Bragg fibers with air cores

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    Mat?jec, Vlastimil; Podrazký, Ond?ej; Kašík, Ivan; Frank, Milan; Jelínek, Michal; Kube?ek, Václav

    2015-05-01

    This paper presents experimental results on transmission characteristics of a Bragg fiber with an air core at a wavelength of 632 nm. The results are compared with those recently reported for the same fiber but at a wavelength of 1064 nm. The cladding of the fiber consists of three pairs of Bragg layers. Each pair is composed of one layer with a high and one layer with a low refractive index. A diameter of the air core is of about 50 ?m. A theoretical modelling of Bragg fibers was carried out from which band gap characteristics of the fiber cladding were determined for the refractive-index contrast of the high- and low-index layers on a level of 0.03 and wavelength of 632 nm and 1064 nm. Preforms of the Bragg fiber in the form of tubes were prepared by the MCVD method. Germanium dioxide and phosphorous pentoxide were used as silica dopants for the high-index layers. The low-index layers were fabricated of silica slightly doped with phosphorous pentoxide. The last layer applied was the high-index one. Bragg fibers were drawn from the tubes under controlled temperatures around 2000 °C in order to obtain the fibers with designed dimensions of Bragg claddings and air cores. Results of characterization of prepared fibers with optical microscopy are presented in the paper. The transmittance and attenuation of the fibers at 632 nm were measured with a continuous-wave He-Ne laser as a light source. Spatial distributions of output beams from the fibers were also determined.

  19. Preparation and characterization of Bragg fibers with air cores for transfer of laser radiation

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    Mat?jec, Vlastimil; Kašík, Ivan; Podrazký, Ond?ej; Aubrecht, Jan; Frank, Milan; Jelínek, Michal; Kube?ek, Václav

    2013-05-01

    This paper presents results of preparation and characterization of Bragg fibers with silica and air cores designed for delivery of laser radiation at 1060 nm. The fibers consist of cores with a refractive index equal to that of air or silica which is surrounded by three pairs of Bragg layers. Each pair is composed of one layer with a high and one layer with a low refractive index and is characterized by a refractive-index contrast up to 0.03. Three structures of Bragg fibers are presented in the paper, namely the structure with a silica core of 26 ?m in diameter, structure with an air core of 5 ?m in diameter and that with an air core of a diameter of 72 ?m. Preforms of the Bragg fibers in the form of a rod or tube have been prepared by the MCVD method using germanium dioxide, phosphorous pentoxide and fluorine as silica dopants. The fibers have been drawn from the preforms under controlled temperatures in order to obtain fibers with air or solid cores. Results of characterization of prepared fibers with optical microscopy and by measuring their refractive-index profiles, losses and angular distributions of the output optical power are presented. The characterization of fibers for delivery radiation of a Nd:YAG laser with nanosecond pulses at 1060 nm, namely the transmission, attenuation coefficient, spatial profiles of transmitted beams, and bending losses are also presented. Fiber damage thresholds in a range 25-30 GW/cm2 have been determined.

  20. Data acquisition with fiber optic sensors

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    Kist, R.

    The advantages of using fiber optic sensors for data acquisition are discussed, and their present utilization in this area is examined. Because of their high cost, these sensors are not likely to be competitive in general metrological applications in the near future. They do, however, provide important advantages in specific areas such as isolation against high voltage and immunity against electromagnetic fields and explosive and/or corrosive environments. They also offer the possibility of miniaturized and compact packaging of the sensing element an application within a broad temperature range. Multimode fiber optic sensors for parameters such as temperature, pressure, and refractive index have more immediate commercial potential than monomode fiber optic sensors, which have higher costs. The latter allow for high precision solutions of metrological tasks under specific conditions, and will be utilized in the foreseeable future.

  1. Asymmetrically and symmetrically coated tapered optical fiber for sensing applications

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    Del Villar, Ignacio; Socorro, Abian B.; Corres, Jesus M.; Arregui, Francisco J.; Matias, Ignacio R.

    2015-09-01

    The deposition of a non-metallic thin-film in a symmetrically coated tapered optical fiber leads to the generation of resonances due to guidance of a mode in the thin-film. At certain conditions, the resonances overlap each other, which can be avoided with an asymmetric coated tapered optical fiber, which permits to obtain resonances for TM and TE polarization separately. Numerical results showing the sensitivity to coating thickness and surrounding medium refractive index are also presented for both polarizations.

  2. Tapered optical fibers for aqueous and gaseous phase biosensing applications

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    King, Branden J.; Idehenre, Ighodalo; Powers, Peter E.; Sarangan, Andrew M.; Haus, Joseph W.; Hansen, Karolyn M.

    2013-03-01

    This study focuses on the design, fabrication and characterization of a tapered optical fiber platform for the label-free detection of aqueous and gaseous biomolecules. Single mode fibers were tapered to a diameter of approximately 10 microns, and this tapered surface was functionalized with biomolecules for aqueous (antibody) detection of analytes. Molecular binding to the surface changes the refractive index and thickness of the biolayer, which interacts with propagating light, causing a measureable phase shift in the output.

  3. Critical Coupling Between Optical Fibers and WGM Resonators

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    Matsko, Andrey; Maleki, Lute; Itchenko, Vladimir; Savchenkov, Anatoliy

    2009-01-01

    Two recipes for ensuring critical coupling between a single-mode optical fiber and a whispering-gallery-mode (WGM) optical resonator have been devised. The recipes provide for phase matching and aperture matching, both of which are necessary for efficient coupling. There is also a provision for suppressing intermodal coupling, which is detrimental because it drains energy from desired modes into undesired ones. According to one recipe, the tip of the single-mode optical fiber is either tapered in diameter or tapered in effective diameter by virtue of being cleaved at an oblique angle. The effective index of refraction and the phase velocity at a given position along the taper depend on the diameter (or effective diameter) and the index of refraction of the bulk fiber material. As the diameter (or effective diameter) decreases with decreasing distance from the tip, the effective index of refraction also decreases. Critical coupling and phase matching can be achieved by placing the optical fiber and the resonator in contact at the proper point along the taper. This recipe is subject to the limitation that the attainable effective index of refraction lies between the indices of refraction of the bulk fiber material and the atmosphere or vacuum to which the resonator and fiber are exposed. The other recipe involves a refinement of the previously developed technique of prism coupling, in which the light beam from the optical fiber is collimated and focused onto one surface of a prism that has an index of refraction greater than that of the resonator. Another surface of the prism is placed in contact with the resonator. The various components are arranged so that the collimated beam is focused at the prism/resonator contact spot. The recipe includes the following additional provisions:

  4. Space flight qualification on a novel five-fiber array assembly for the lunar orbiter laser altimeter (LOLA) at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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    Jin, Xiaodan Linda; Ott, Melanie N.; LaRocca, Frank V.; Chuska, Richard F.; Schmidt, Steve M.; Matuszeski, Adam J.; Macmurphy, Shawn L.; Thomes, William J.; Switzer, Robert C.

    2007-09-01

    A novel multi-mode 5-fiber array assembly was developed, manufactured, characterized and then qualified for the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA). LOLA is a science data gathering instrument used for lunar topographical mapping located aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission. This LRO mission is scheduled for launch sometime in late 2008. The fiber portion of the array assembly was comprised of step index 200/220?m multi-mode optical fiber with a numerical aperture of 0.22. Construction consisted of five fibers inside of a single polarization maintaining (PM) Diamond AVIM connector. The PM construction allows for a unique capability allowing the array side to be "clocked" to a desired angle of degree. The array side "fans-out" to five individual standard Diamond AVIM connectors. In turn, each of the individual standard AVIM connectors is then connected to five separate detectors. The qualification test plan was designed to best replicate the aging process during launch and long term space flight environmental exposure. The characterization data presented here includes results from: vibration testing, thermal performance characterization, and radiation testing.

  5. Optical Bragg grating sensor fibers for ultra-high temperature applications

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    Bartelt, Hartmut; Elsmann, Tino; Habisreuther, Tobias; Schuster, Kay; Rothhardt, Manfred

    2015-07-01

    Sapphire based optical fibers provide an attractive basis for ultra-high temperature stable optical sensor elements. Fiber Bragg gratings can be inscribed in such fibers by means of femtosecond-laser pulses with a wavelength of 400 nm in combination with a two-beam phase mask interferometer. We have investigated crystalline optical fibers as well as structured sapphire-derived all glass optical fibers with aluminum content in the core of up to 50 mol%. The reflection properties, the index modulation and the attenuation effects will be discussed. Results concerning the temperature and strain sensitivity for use as sensor elements at high temperatures will be presented.

  6. Multicore fiber link demonstrating large bandwidth density for future multimode optical interconnects

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    Lee, B. G.; Baks, C.; Doany, F. E.; Kuchta, D. M.; Pepeljugoski, P.; Schow, C. L.

    2012-01-01

    Future fiber systems in computer communications applications must meet growing bandwidth requirements, while maintaining feasible power and cost targets in addition to maintaining manageable volumes of fiber cabling. Therefore, bandwidth-per-fiber represents a critical design metric for next-generation systems. Here, a multicore fiber technology based on multimode graded-index cores is reviewed. A full link demonstration using six cores transmitting up to 20 Gb/s each is achieved between custom transmitter and receiver assemblies, which interface directly to the multicore fiber. The demonstrated technology may provide the added bandwidth per link required in next generation HPC systems.

  7. Characterization of fluorescence lifetime of Tm-doped fibers with increased quantum conversion efficiency

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    Cajzl, Jakub; Peterka, Pavel; Honzátko, Pavel; Mrázek, Jan; Podrazký, Ond?ej; Todorov, Filip; Gladkov, Petar; Sahu, Jayanta K.; Nunez-Velazquez, Miguel; Nekvindová, Pavla; Kašík, Ivan

    2015-01-01

    In this work we report on the fluorescence lifetime characterization of the experimentally prepared Tm-doped silica optical fibers with increased quantum conversion efficiency (QE). Optical fibers were drawn from preforms prepared by conventional solution-doping of thulium and aluminium chlorides and by deposition of dispersed alumina nanoparticles with thulium chloride. Prepared preforms and optical fibers were characterized by means of thulium and aluminium concentrations, refractive index profiles, optical spectral attenuations (absorptions) and fluorescence lifetimes. Highly aluminium-codoped optical fiber prepared from alumina nanoparticles exhibited fluorescence lifetime of about 690 ?s, which is about 40% higher compared to the conventionally prepared Tm-doped silica fiber.

  8. Monitoring of temperature fatigue failure mechanism for polyvinyl alcohol fiber concrete using acoustic emission sensors.

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    Li, Dongsheng; Cao, Hai

    2012-01-01

    The applicability of acoustic emission (AE) techniques to monitor the mechanism of evolution of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) fiber concrete damage under temperature fatigue loading is investigated. Using the temperature fatigue test, real-time AE monitoring data of PVA fiber concrete is achieved. Based on the AE signal characteristics of the whole test process and comparison of AE signals of PVA fiber concretes with different fiber contents, the damage evolution process of PVA fiber concrete is analyzed. Finally, a qualitative evaluation of the damage degree is obtained using the kurtosis index and b-value of AE characteristic parameters. The results obtained using both methods are discussed. PMID:23012555

  9. Novel phase-matching condition for a four wave mixing experiment in an optical fiber.

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    Jung, S J; Lee, J Y; Kim, D Y

    2006-01-01

    A new phase-matching condition for a four-wave-mixing (FWM) experiment in an optical fiber is proposed to simultaneously measure the linear and nonlinear optical properties of an optical fiber such as dispersion-zero wavelength, dispersion slop, and nonlinear refractive index. Several different dispersion shifted fibers (DSFs) and nonzero dispersion shifted fibers (NZDSFs) were tested to demonstrate the validity of our proposed method. We have also shown that experimental results are in good agreement with those obtained using a conventional measurement method. We believe that technique is a very powerful and efficient tool for zero-dispersion and dispersion slop mapping for already installed optical fibers. PMID:19503313

  10. Novel phase-matching condition for a four wave mixing experiment in an optical fiber

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    Jung, S. J.; Lee, J. Y.; Kim, D. Y.

    2006-01-01

    A new phase-matching condition for a four-wave-mixing (FWM) experiment in an optical fiber is proposed to simultaneously measure the linear and nonlinear optical properties of an optical fiber such as dispersion-zero wavelength, dispersion slop, and nonlinear refractive index. Several different dispersion shifted fibers (DSFs) and nonzero dispersion shifted fibers (NZDSFs) were tested to demonstrate the validity of our proposed method. We have also shown that experimental results are in good agreement with those obtained using a conventional measurement method. We believe that technique is a very powerful and efficient tool for zero-dispersion and dispersion slop mapping for already installed optical fibers.

  11. Resonant optical nonlinearity of Nb-doped silica fiber measured with LPFG interferometer

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    Wang, Litao; Chen, Na; Guo, Qiang; Chen, Zhenyi; Liu, Yunqi; Wang, Tingyun

    2012-11-01

    Recently, specialty fibers with various functional material doping have attracted significant attention. In this paper, we fabricated Nb-doped silica fiber and measured its resonant optical nonlinearity with long-period fiber gratings (LPFG) interferometer. The Nb-doped fiber was made with a combined MCVD and ALD technology. Then, we fabricated a pair of LPFGs and cascaded them as a Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI).By measuring the wavelength shifts of the interference fringe with the 532nm laser pump power, the resonant nonlinear refractive index of Nb-doped silica fiber around 1537 nm was estimated to be 8.12×10-16m2/W.

  12. Monitoring of Temperature Fatigue Failure Mechanism for Polyvinyl Alcohol Fiber Concrete Using Acoustic Emission Sensors

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    Li, Dongsheng; Cao, Hai

    2012-01-01

    The applicability of acoustic emission (AE) techniques to monitor the mechanism of evolution of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) fiber concrete damage under temperature fatigue loading is investigated. Using the temperature fatigue test, real-time AE monitoring data of PVA fiber concrete is achieved. Based on the AE signal characteristics of the whole test process and comparison of AE signals of PVA fiber concretes with different fiber contents, the damage evolution process of PVA fiber concrete is analyzed. Finally, a qualitative evaluation of the damage degree is obtained using the kurtosis index and b-value of AE characteristic parameters. The results obtained using both methods are discussed. PMID:23012555

  13. Extending single mode performance of all-solid large-mode-area single trench fiber.

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    Jain, D; Jung, Y; Nunez-Velazquez, M; Sahu, J K

    2014-12-15

    We report a novel "single trench fiber" design for mode area scaling of the fundamental mode while offering effective single mode operation for a compact fiber laser device. This fiber design allows very high suppression of the higher order modes by offering high loss and power delocalization. It has the advantages of low cost and easy fabrication thanks to all solid fiber design, cylindrical symmetry, and higher refractive index of core as that of the cladding. A Yb-doped single trench fiber with a 40 µm core diameter has been fabricated from modified chemical vapor deposition process in conjunction with solution-doping offering an effective mode area of as large as ~1,000 µm(2) at 1,060 nm for the bend radius of 20 cm. Detailed characterizations confirm a robust single mode behavior of the fiber. Comparative analysis with other fiber designs shows significant performance enhancement of effective single mode operation suitable for fiber laser applications. PMID:25607057

  14. Optical activity in multihelicoidal optical fibers

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    Alexeyev, C. N.; Lapin, B. P.; Milione, G.; Yavorsky, M. A.

    2015-09-01

    We have studied optical activity in optical fibers that possess multihelical distribution of the refractive index profile. We have demonstrated through an analytical treatment that the effect of optical activity is caused by asymmetric spin-dependent influence of the spin-orbit interaction on the coupling between the fundamental mode and the higher-order modes. We have provided a simple analytical expression for the coefficient of optical activity.

  15. Hybrid matrix fiber composites

    DOEpatents

    Deteresa, Steven J.; Lyon, Richard E.; Groves, Scott E.

    2003-07-15

    Hybrid matrix fiber composites having enhanced compressive performance as well as enhanced stiffness, toughness and durability suitable for compression-critical applications. The methods for producing the fiber composites using matrix hybridization. The hybrid matrix fiber composites include two chemically or physically bonded matrix materials, whereas the first matrix materials are used to impregnate multi-filament fibers formed into ribbons and the second matrix material is placed around and between the fiber ribbons that are impregnated with the first matrix material and both matrix materials are cured and solidified.

  16. Fiber optic sensors

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    Hesse, J.; Sohler, W.

    1984-01-01

    A survey of the developments in the field of fiber optics sensor technology is presented along with a discussion of the advantages of optical measuring instruments as compared with electronic sensors. The two primary types of fiber optics sensors, specifically those with multiwave fibers and those with monowave fibers, are described. Examples of each major sensor type are presented and discussed. Multiwave detectors include external and internal fiber optics sensors. Among the monowave detectors are Mach-Zender interferometers, Michelson interferometers, Sagnac interferometers (optical gyroscopes), waveguide resonators, and polarimeter sensors. Integrated optical sensors and their application in spectroscopy are briefly discussed.

  17. Fiber coating method

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    Corman, Gregory Scot (Ballston Lake, NY)

    2001-01-01

    A coating is applied to reinforcing fibers arranged into a tow by coaxially aligning the tow with an adjacent separation layer and winding or wrapping the tow and separation layer onto a support structure in an interleaved manner so that the separation layer separates a wrap of the tow from an adjacent wrap of the tow. A coating can then be uniformly applied to the reinforcing fibers without defects caused by fiber tow to fiber tow contact. The separation layer can be a carbon fiber veil.

  18. Fiber coating method

    DOEpatents

    Corman, Gregory Scot (Ballston Lake, NY)

    2003-04-15

    A coating is applied to reinforcing fibers arranged into a tow by coaxially aligning the tow with an adjacent separation layer and winding or wrapping the tow and separation layer onto a support structure in an interleaved manner so that the separation layer separates a wrap of the tow from an adjacent wrap of the tow. A coating can then be uniformly applied to the reinforcing fibers without defects caused by fiber tow to fiber tow contact. The separation layer can be a carbon fiber veil.

  19. Fiber optic monitoring device

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    Samborsky, J.K.

    1993-10-05

    A device for the purpose of monitoring light transmissions in optical fibers comprises a fiber optic tap that optically diverts a fraction of a transmitted optical signal without disrupting the integrity of the signal. The diverted signal is carried, preferably by the fiber optic tap, to a lens or lens system that disperses the light over a solid angle that facilitates viewing. The dispersed light indicates whether or not the monitored optical fiber or system of optical fibers is currently transmitting optical information. 4 figures.

  20. Stepped inlet optical panel

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    Veligdan, James T. (6 Stephanie La., Manorville, NY 11949)

    2001-01-01

    An optical panel includes stacked optical waveguides having stepped inlet facets collectively defining an inlet face for receiving image light, and having beveled outlet faces collectively defining a display screen for displaying the image light channeled through the waveguides by internal reflection.

  1. STEP electronic system design

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    Couch, R. H.; Johnson, J. W.

    1984-01-01

    The STEP electronic system design is discussed. The purpose of the design is outlined. The electronic system design is summarized and it is found that: an effective conceptual system design is developed; the design represents a unique set of capabilities; makes efficient use of available orbiter resources; the system capabilities exceed identified potential experiment needs.

  2. CONVERGING RCC STEPPED SPILLWAYS

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    To meet current dam safety requirements, roller compacted concrete (RCC) stepped spillways has become a popular choice is dam rehabilitation. In many cases, urbanization has changed the hazard classification of these aging watershed structures, and land rights are often not obtainable for widening ...

  3. Silicon optical fiber.

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    Ballato, J; Hawkins, T; Foy, P; Stolen, R; Kokuoz, B; Ellison, M; McMillen, C; Reppert, J; Rao, A M; Daw, M; Sharma, S R; Shori, R; Stafsudd, O; Rice, R R; Powers, D R

    2008-11-10

    Described herein are initial experimental details and properties of a silicon core, silica glass-clad optical fiber fabricated using conventional optical fiber draw methods. Such semiconductor core fibers have potential to greatly influence the fields of nonlinear fiber optics, infrared and THz power delivery. More specifically, x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy showed the core to be highly crystalline silicon. The measured propagation losses were 4.3 dB/m at 2.936 microm, which likely are caused by either microcracks in the core arising from the large thermal expansion mismatch with the cladding or to SiO(2) precipitates formed from oxygen dissolved in the silicon melt. Suggestions for enhancing the performance of these semiconductor core fibers are provided. Here we show that lengths of an optical fiber containing a highly crystalline semiconducting core can be produced using scalable fiber fabrication techniques. PMID:19581953

  4. Fiber optic moisture sensor

    DOEpatents

    Kirkham, R.R.

    1984-08-03

    A method and apparatus for sensing moisture changes by utilizing optical fiber technology. One embodiment uses a reflective target at the end of an optical fiber. The reflectance of the target varies with its moisture content and can be detected by a remote unit at the opposite end of the fiber. A second embodiment utilizes changes in light loss along the fiber length. This can be attributed to changes in reflectance of cladding material as a function of its moisture content. It can also be affected by holes or inserts interposed in the cladding material and/or fiber. Changing light levels can also be coupled from one fiber to another in an assembly of fibers as a function of varying moisture content in their overlapping lengths of cladding material.

  5. Fiber optic vibration sensor

    DOEpatents

    Dooley, J.B.; Muhs, J.D.; Tobin, K.W.

    1995-01-10

    A fiber optic vibration sensor utilizes two single mode optical fibers supported by a housing with one optical fiber fixedly secured to the housing and providing a reference signal and the other optical fiber having a free span length subject to vibrational displacement thereof with respect to the housing and the first optical fiber for providing a signal indicative of a measurement of any perturbation of the sensor. Damping or tailoring of the sensor to be responsive to selected levels of perturbation is provided by altering the diameter of optical fibers or by immersing at least a portion of the free span length of the vibration sensing optical fiber into a liquid of a selected viscosity. 2 figures.

  6. Fiber optic vibration sensor

    DOEpatents

    Dooley, Joseph B. (Harriman, TN); Muhs, Jeffrey D. (Lenoir City, TN); Tobin, Kenneth W. (Harriman, TN)

    1995-01-01

    A fiber optic vibration sensor utilizes two single mode optical fibers supported by a housing with one optical fiber fixedly secured to the housing and providing a reference signal and the other optical fiber having a free span length subject to vibrational displacement thereof with respect to the housing and the first optical fiber for providing a signal indicative of a measurement of any perturbation of the sensor. Damping or tailoring of the sensor to be responsive to selected levels of perturbation is provided by altering the diameter of optical fibers or by immersing at least a portion of the free span length of the vibration sensing optical fiber into a liquid of a selected viscosity.

  7. Nonlinear Fiber Optics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Agrawal, Govind P.

    Nonlinear fiber optics concerns with the nonlinear optical phenomena occurring inside optical fibers. Although the field of nonlinear optics traces its beginning to 1961, when a ruby laser was first used to generate the second-harmonic radiation inside a crystal [1], the use of optical fibers as a nonlinear medium became feasible only after 1970 when fiber losses were reduced to below 20 dB/km [2]. Stimulated Raman and Brillouin scatterings in single-mode fibers were studied as early as 1972 [3] and were soon followed by the study of other nonlinear effects such as self- and cross-phase modulation and four-wave mixing [4]. By 1989, the field of nonlinear fiber optics has advanced enough that a whole book was devoted to it [5]. This book or its second edition has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, and Russian languages, attesting to the worldwide activity in the field of nonlinear fiber optics.

  8. Fiber Accelerating Structures

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    Hammond, Andrew P.; /Reed Coll. /SLAC

    2010-08-25

    One of the options for future particle accelerators are photonic band gap (PBG) fiber accelerators. PBG fibers are specially designed optical fibers that use lasers to excite an electric field that is used to accelerate electrons. To improve PBG accelerators, the basic parameters of the fiber were tested to maximize defect size and acceleration. Using the program CUDOS, several accelerating modes were found that maximized these parameters for several wavelengths. The design of multiple defects, similar to having closely bound fibers, was studied to find possible coupling or the change of modes. The amount of coupling was found to be dependent on distance separated. For certain distances accelerating coupled modes were found and examined. In addition, several non-periodic fiber structures were examined using CUDOS. The non-periodic fibers produced several interesting results and promised more modes given time to study them in more detail.

  9. MEMS-based frequency modulation of fiber ring laser

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Khalil, Kamal; Hassan, Khaled; Shebl, Ahmed; Soliman, Mostafa; Al-Arifi, Fares; Al-Otaibi, Mohammed; Eltagoury, Yomna M.; Sabry, Yasser M.; Khalil, Diaa

    2015-02-01

    Fiber lasers are gaining wide attention nowadays due to their high stability, high reliability, low cost and compactness. Frequency modulation of the laser system has many applications such as wavelength tuning, active mode locking, generation of optical frequency combs and fiber sensors in general. In this work, we report frequency modulation of fiber ring laser system using transmission-type corner cube in-plane MEMS phase modulator fabricated by DRIE technology on an SOI substrate. The fiber-coupled MEMS-based phase modulator is inserted in a multilongitudinal mode fiber ring laser, which has a free spectral range of 345 kHz. By varying the applied voltage on the MEMS device, a wide range of the frequency modulation index can be achieved.

  10. Thermally tuned optical fiber for true time delay generation

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    Howley, Brie; Shi, Zhong; Jiang, Yongqiang; T. Chen, Ray

    2005-02-01

    A new technique for generating a continuous range of true time delay values is introduced. Heating optical fiber in order to change the effective index of the guided mode produces time delays. A 45-m section of single-mode silica fiber is demonstrated to produce a continuous range of time delay values from 0 to 211 ps over a temperature tuning range of 50°C (30-80°C). A thermal time delay factor is introduced and found to be 0.096 ps/m° C for Corning LEAF fiber. A 7.66-m section of multimode Lucina polymer fiber is demonstrated to produce a range of time delay values from 0 to 32 ps over a temperature tuning range of 30°C (30-60°C). The thermal time delay factor for this fiber is -0.1427 ps/m° C.

  11. Pulsed radiation-induced attenuation in certain optical fibers

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    Weiss, J.D. )

    1992-05-01

    Using the X-ray pulse from the HERMES II simulation machine at Sandia National Laboratories, the pulsed radiation-induced attenuation was measured in two optical fibers considered to be 'nonrad-hard': the 50-micron-core, graded-index fiber from Corning and the plastic (PMMA) fiber from the Mitsubishi Rayon Company. These fibers were exposed to radiation up to doses of 19.5 and 28 krad(Si), respectively. In addition, fits of their post-radiation recovery were made to the geminate recombination model, from which the recombination-rate and generation constants, characteristic of this theory, were determined. These parameters should be useful in determining the response of the fibers to radiation conditions other than those encountered here. 18 refs.

  12. Method of identifying features in indexed data

    DOEpatents

    Jarman, Kristin H. (Richland, WA) [Richland, WA; Daly, Don Simone (Richland, WA) [Richland, WA; Anderson, Kevin K. (Richland, WA) [Richland, WA; Wahl, Karen L. (Richland, WA) [Richland, WA

    2001-06-26

    The present invention is a method of identifying features in indexed data, especially useful for distinguishing signal from noise in data provided as a plurality of ordered pairs. Each of the plurality of ordered pairs has an index and a response. The method has the steps of: (a) providing an index window having a first window end located on a first index and extending across a plurality of indices to a second window end; (b) selecting responses corresponding to the plurality of indices within the index window and computing a measure of dispersion of the responses; and (c) comparing the measure of dispersion to a dispersion critical value. Advantages of the present invention include minimizing signal to noise ratio, signal drift, varying baseline signal and combinations thereof.

  13. Biochemical sensing application based on optical fiber evanescent wave sensor

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lv, Xiaoyi; Mo, Jiaqing; Xu, Liang; Jia, Zhenhong

    2015-08-01

    We have designed a novel evanescent field fiber optic biosensors with porous silicon dioxide cladding. The pore size of porous silicon dioxide cladding is about 100 nm in diameter. Biological molecules were immobilized to the porous silicon dioxide cladding used APTES and glutaraldehyde. Refractive index of cladding used Bruggemann's effective medium theory. We carried out simulations of changing in light intensity in optical fiber before and after chemical coupling of biomolecules. This novel optical fiber evanescent wave biosensor has a great potential in clinical chemistry for rapid and convenient determination of biological molecule.

  14. Fiber optic sensor for methanol quantification in biodiesel

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kawano, Marianne S.; Kamikawachi, Ricardo Canute; Fabris, José L.; Müller, Marcia

    2014-05-01

    In this work a refractometric sensor for assessment of methanol presence in biodiesel is reported. The transducer relies on the interference between the forward and back propagating modes of a single long period grating, written close to an end-face mirror optical fiber. The sensing method is thermally assisted in order to overcome the drawback caused by the high refractive index (close to the fiber cladding index) of methanol-biodiesel blends at low temperatures. Sensor showed a combined standard uncertainty of 0.6 % v/v of methanol in biodiesel for a confidence level of 68.27%, within the methanol concentration ranging from 0 to 25 % v/v.

  15. Starbugs: focal plane fiber positioning technology

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    Goodwin, Michael; Heijmans, Jeroen; Saunders, Ian; Brzeski, Jurek; Saunders, Will; Muller, Rolf; Haynes, Roger; Gilbert, James

    2010-07-01

    We report on the technological achievements of our latest Starbug prototypes and their implications for smart focal plane fiber positioning applications for wide-field astronomy. The Starbugs are innovative self-motile miniature robotic devices that can simultaneously and independently position fibers or payloads over a field plate located at the telescope's focal plane. The Starbugs concept overcomes many of the limitations associated with the traditional 'pick and place' positioners where a robot places fixed buttons onto the field plate. The new Starbug prototypes use piezoelectric actuators and have the following features: (i) new 'lift-and-step' method (discrete step) for accurate positioning over different surfaces; and (ii) operate in an inverted hanging position underneath a transparent field plate, removing the need for fibercable retractors. In this paper, we present aspects of the Starbug prototypes, including the theoretical model, mechanical design, experimental setup, algorithms, performance and applications for astronomical instrumentation.

  16. Characterization and Applications of New High Quality LuAG:Ce and LYSO:Ce fibers

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    Diehl, Stefan; Novotny, Rainer W.; Aubry, Nicolas; Faraj, Sara; Ferro, Gabriel; HP3-WP22; Crystal Clear Collaboration

    2015-02-01

    Inorganic scintillating fibers have a large potential as highly granular detector components in hadron and particle physics as well as in medical applications. With the micropulling-down-method a fast and cost efficient technique was developed over the last decades to grow such fibers from the melt. This paper will present the recent development of the quality of LuAG:Ce and LYSO:Ce fibers in terms of light output and light attenuation inside the fiber. For this purpose different steps in optimizing the fiber growth will be compared with the achieved fiber performance. In addition the response of the fibers to low energetic gamma rays will be studied and different readout concepts for the fibers will be discussed and compared.

  17. Mode area scaling for high-power fiber lasers with all-solid photonic bandgap fibers

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    Dong, Liang; Saitoh, Kunimasa; Kong, Fanting; Foy, Paul; Hawkins, Thomas; McClane, Devon

    2012-06-01

    There are very strong interests for power scaling in high power fiber lasers for a wide range of applications in medical, industry, defense and science. In many of these lasers, fiber nonlinearities are the main limits to further scaling. Although numerous specific techniques have studied for the suppression of the wide range of nonlinearities, the fundamental solution is scaling mode areas in fibers while maintaining sufficient single mode operation. Here the key problem is that more modes are supported once physical dimensions of waveguides are increased. There are two basic approaches, lower refractive index contrast to counter the increase of waveguide dimension or/and introduction of additional losses to suppress higher order modes. Lower index contrast leads to weak waveguides, resulting in fibers no longer being coil-able. Our research has been focused on designs for significant higher mode suppression. In conventional waveguides, modes are increasingly guided in the center of the waveguides when waveguide dimensions are increased. It is hard to couple the modes out to suppress them. This severely limits the scalability of all designs based conventional fibers. In an all-solid photonic bandgap fiber, modes are guided due to anti-resonance of cladding photonic crystal lattice. This leads strongly mode-dependent guidance. Our theoretical study has shown that it can have some of the highest differential mode losses among all designs with equivalent mode areas. Our design and experimental works have shown the potential of this approach for all-glass fibers with >50?m core which can be coiled for high power applications.

  18. Modeling fiber dynamics and transport in the carding process

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    Wibberly, Leonard Daniel

    1999-12-01

    A carding machine processes short, crimped fibers by feeding disorganized tufts onto a rotating cylinder coated with wires that engage the fibers. This cylinder works in conjunction with pun of smaller cylinders (carding stations) dig are simply coated and rotating at carefully calibrated speeds in order to separate, redistribute, align and straighten the fibers. This process produces a relatively uniform sheet of fibers with properties desirable for the textile industry. One method used to analyze the processing of the fibers is to insert a small number of easily identified tracer fibers in the card and observe their behavior at different stages throughout the card. In a similar manner, this research develops a technique to follow a representative sampling of theoretical fibers through a structure simulating the card, complete with forces attributable to the presence of other fibers, the surrounding air, and the wires on the surfaces. In this work a model of the card is proposed consisting of three essential elements. First, equations are developed to estimate the density and velocity of the overall fiber mass with a partial differential equation (PDE) derived from a random-walk formulation of the fiber motion in an interface between two surfaces. Next, a numerical solution is obtained for the steady state Navier-Stokes equations for air-flow in the space between the three rotating cylinders of a single carding station. Finally, these velocities and densities are applied to the dynamics of individual fibers, each represented as a chain of elastic-jointed segments in a moving fluid, subject to viscous drag, with the possibility of being tugged at some point with a fixed velocity by either a wire on the surface or another fiber. All of these elements are tied into the overall structure of a simple card with three rotating Cylinders, interfaces between cylinders, triangular cavity, fiber input and output points and the transfer of fibers between surfaces. Fibers are then propagated through the card with positions calculated at each successive time step and the appropriate fraction extracted at the doffer to form an output fiber stream. The resulting output of simulated tracer fibers is then analyzed for a variety of statistical properties such as alignment, length, width, change in position, and the presence or magnitude of certain geometrical features. This allows various conclusions to be drawn concerning the overall behavior of the bulk fiber mass and the effectiveness of the carding machine for a given set of parameters.

  19. Compact fiber-optic curvature sensor based on super-mode interference in a seven-core fiber.

    PubMed

    Salceda-Delgado, G; Van Newkirk, A; Antonio-Lopez, J E; Martinez-Rios, A; Schülzgen, A; Amezcua Correa, R

    2015-04-01

    A compact, low loss, and highly sensitive optical fiber curvature sensor is presented. The device consists of a few-millimeter-long piece of seven-core fiber spliced between two single-mode fibers. When the optical fiber device is kept straight, a pronounced interference pattern appears in the transmission spectrum. However, when the device is bent, a spectral shift of the interference pattern is produced, and the visibility of the interference notches changes. This allows for using either visibility or spectral shift for sensor interrogation. The dynamic range of the device can be tailored through the proper selection of the length of the seven-core fiber. The effects of temperature and refractive index of the external medium on the response of the curvature sensor are also discussed. Linear sensitivity of about 3000??nm/mm(-1) for bending was observed experimentally. PMID:25831361

  20. Sensing structure based on surface plasmonic resonance in single mode optical fibers chemically etched

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    Coelho, L.; Almeida, J. M.; Santos, J. L.; Ferreira, R. A. S.; André, P. S.; Viegas, D.

    2013-05-01

    Many optical systems based on Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) have been developed for work as refractometers, chemical sensors or even for measure the thickness of metal and dielectric thin films. These kinds of systems are usually large, expensive and cannot be used for remote sensing. Optical fiber sensors based on SPR has been widely studied for the last 20 years with several configurations mostly using multimode optical fibers with large cores and plastic claddings. Sensors based on SPR present very high sensitivity to refractive index variations when compared to the traditional refractive index sensors. Here we propose a SPR sensor based in a single mode fiber. The fiber end is chemically etched by emersion in a 48% hydrofluoric acid solution, resulting a single mode fiber with the cladding removed in a small section. A resonance dip around 1580 nm was attained in good agreement with the simulation scenario that takes into account the real characteristics of the fiber.

  1. Design of flexible multi-mode fiber endoscope.

    PubMed

    Gu, Ruo Yu; Mahalati, Reza Nasiri; Kahn, Joseph M

    2015-10-19

    Multi-mode fiber (MMF) endoscopes are extremely thin and have higher spatial resolution than conventional endoscopes; however, all current MMF endoscope designs require either that the MMF remain rigid during insertion and imaging or that the orientation of the MMF be known. This limits their possible medical applications. We describe an MMF endoscope design that allows the MMF to be arbitrarily bent as it is maneuvered to the target site prior to imaging. This is achieved by the addition of a partial reflector to the distal end of the MMF, which allows measurement of the mode coupling in the MMF using the reflected light arriving at the proximal end of the MMF. This measurement can be performed while the distal end of the endoscope is not directly accessible, as when the endoscope is being maneuvered. We simulate imaging through such a flexible MMF endoscope, where the MMF is step-index with 1588 spatial modes, and obtain an image even after the mode coupling matrix of the MMF is altered randomly, corresponding to an unknown bending of the MMF. PMID:26480352

  2. Coatings for Graphite Fibers

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    Galasso, F. S.; Scola, D. A.; Veltri, R. D.

    1980-01-01

    Several approaches for applying high resistance coatings continuously to graphite yarn were investigated. Two of the most promising approaches involved (1) chemically vapor depositing (CVD) SiC coatings on the surface of the fiber followed by oxidation, and (2) drawing the graphite yarn through an organo-silicone solution followed by heat treatments. In both methods, coated fibers were obtained which exhibited increased electrical resistances over untreated fibers and which were not degraded. This work was conducted in a previous program. In this program, the continuous CVD SiC coating process used on HTS fiber was extended to the coating of HMS, Celion 6000, Celion 12000 and T-300 graphite fiber. Electrical resistances three order of magnitude greater than the uncoated fiber were measured with no significant degradation of the fiber strength. Graphite fibers coated with CVD Si3N4 and BN had resistances greater than 10(exp 6) ohm/cm. Lower pyrolysis temperatures were used in preparing the silica-like coatings also resulting in resistances as high as three orders of magnitude higher than the uncoated fiber. The epoxy matrix composites prepared using these coated fibers had low shear strengths indicating that the coatings were weak.

  3. Development of "core-suction" technique for fabrication of highly doped fibers for optical amplification and characterization of optical fibers for Raman amplification

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Goel, Nitin Kumar

    This dissertation presents a novel technique named "Core Suction" for fabricating optical fiber preforms for manufacturing highly doped fibers (HDFs) for optical amplification (Raman effect based or Erbium fiber based). The technique involves drawing the molten non-conventional core glass material into the silica cladding tube to form the preform. The developed technique is simple, inexpensive and shows great potential for fabricating preforms of highly nonlinear non-conventional multi-component glasses as the core material. Preforms were made with various core glasses such as Schott SF6, Lead-Tellurium-Germanate, Lead-Tellurium-Germanate-Neodymium-Erbium and MM2 in silica cladding tubes and then pulled into fibers. The fabricated fibers were measured for refractive index profile, loss spectrum and spontaneous Raman spectra. Elemental analysis of the fiber samples was also performed using an electron microprobe. Erbium doped fiber amplifiers (EDFAs) were setup using 30 cm, 5 cm and 1 cm lengths of fabricated erbium doped fibers and their gain spectra measured. The distributed gain spectrum for an EDFA was also measured using an optical frequency domain reflectometery (OFDR) technique. Commercial dispersion compensated fiber (DCF) with very high GeO2 doping was used to setup a Raman amplifier and the gain spectrum measured. One of the needs of Raman amplification in optical fibers is to predict an accurate Raman gain based on the fiber's refractive index profile. A method of predicting Raman gain in GeO2 doped fibers is presented and the predicted Raman gain values are compared with the measured ones in the same fibers. Raman gain issues like the dependence of the Raman gain on the GeO2 concentration, polarization dependence were taken into account for the gain calculations. An experimental setup for Raman gain measurements was made and measurement issues addressed. Polarization dependence of the Raman gain in one kilometer of polarization maintaining fiber was also measured.

  4. Low-temperature hermetic sealing of optical fiber components

    DOEpatents

    Kramer, D.P.

    1996-10-22

    A method for manufacturing low-temperature hermetically sealed optical fiber components is provided. The method comprises the steps of: inserting an optical fiber into a housing, the optical fiber having a glass core, a glass cladding and a protective buffer layer disposed around the core and cladding; heating the housing to a predetermined temperature, the predetermined temperature being below a melting point for the protective buffer layer and above a melting point of a solder; placing the solder in communication with the heated housing to allow the solder to form an eutectic and thereby fill a gap between the interior of the housing and the optical fiber; and cooling the housing to allow the solder to form a hermetic compression seal between the housing and the optical fiber. 5 figs.

  5. Low-temperature hermetic sealing of optical fiber components

    SciTech Connect

    Kramer, D.P.

    1995-12-31

    A method for manufacturing low-temperature hermetically sealed optical fiber components is provided. The method comprises the steps of: inserting an optical fiber into a housing, the optical fiber having a glass core, a glass cladding and a protective buffer layer disposed around the core and cladding; heating the housing to a predetermined temperature, the predetermined temperature being below a melting point for the protective buffer layer and above a melting point of a solder; placing the solder in communication with the heated housing to allow the solder to form an eutectic and thereby fill a gap between the interior of the housing and the optical fiber; and cooling the housing to allow the solder to form a hermetic compression seal between the housing and the optical fiber.

  6. Lawrence Berkeley Lab Indexing Toolbox

    Energy Science and Technology Software Center (ESTSC)

    2003-09-08

    The Lawrence Berkeley Lab Indexing Toolbox is intended to be used in the context of X-ray crystallography experiments involving biological macromolecules. Macromolecules such as proteins form 3-dimensional periodic arrays (crystal) which in turn lead to lattice-like diffraction patterns when the crystal sample is irradiated with collimated X-rays from a synchrotron or other X-ray source. Once the diffraction pattern is captured on an imaging device the next step is to deduce the periodic nature of themore »crystal sample, along with its internal symmetry. this analysis, known as "indexing" is a well-studied problem. However, there are no other implementations designed to operate in an automated setting, in which the human experimentalist is not prosent to manually verify the results of indexing. In particular LABELIT uses three novel algorithms to facilitate automation: a more robust way to verify the position of the incident X-ray beam on the image, a better way to verify that the deduced lattice is consistent with the observed crystal lattice, and new method to deduce the internal symmetry from measurements of the lattice. Moreover, the algorithms are implemented in a Python framework that permits indexing to fail (in rare cases) without crashing the program, thus allowing the software to be incorporated in robotic systems where unattended operation is expected. It will be especially useful for high throughput operations at snychrotron beamlines.« less

  7. Nucleic acid indexing

    DOEpatents

    Guilfoyle, Richard A. (Madison, WI); Guo, Zhen (Bellevue, WA)

    2001-01-01

    A restriction site indexing method for selectively amplifying any fragment generated by a Class II restriction enzyme includes adaptors specific to fragment ends containing adaptor indexing sequences complementary to fragment indexing sequences near the termini of fragments generated by Class II enzyme cleavage. A method for combinatorial indexing facilitates amplification of restriction fragments whose sequence is not known.

  8. Nucleic acid indexing

    DOEpatents

    Guilfoyle, Richard A. (Madison, WI); Guo, Zhen (Bellevue, WA)

    1999-01-01

    A restriction site indexing method for selectively amplifying any fragment generated by a Class II restriction enzyme includes adaptors specific to fragment ends containing adaptor indexing sequences complementary to fragment indexing sequences near the termini of fragments generated by Class II enzyme cleavage. A method for combinatorial indexing facilitates amplification of restriction fragments whose sequence is not known.

  9. Lobby index in networks

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    Korn, A.; Schubert, A.; Telcs, A.

    2009-06-01

    We propose a new node centrality measure in networks, the lobby index, which is inspired by Hirsch’s h-index. It is shown that in scale-free networks with exponent ? the distribution of the l-index has power tail with exponent ?(?+1). Properties of the l-index and extensions are discussed.

  10. Metal nanowires from self-assembled protein fibers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Parthasarathy, Raghuveer; Lin, Xiao-Min; Jaeger, Heinrich M.; Sawicki, George; Scheibel, Thomas; Lindquist, Susan L.

    2002-03-01

    We present gold and silver nanowires formed by metallization of self-assembled yeast prion proteins. The proteins form 10nm wide, microns long fibers, which we metallize by growth of gold or silver crystals from specific nucleation sites on the genetically engineered fiber surface. This site-specific metal decoration is the first step toward more elaborate functionalization of these biological nanostructures. Deposition of fibers onto substrates with in-plane electrodes will allow electronic transport measurements, correlated with images (TEM and AFM) of the nanowire structure.

  11. Gain-assisted superluminal propagation in tellurite glass fiber based on stimulated Brillouin scattering.

    PubMed

    Song, Kwang Yong; Abedin, Kazi S; Hotate, Kazuo

    2008-01-01

    We demonstrate superluminal propagation of optical pulses with amplification in optical fibers based on stimulated Brillouin scattering. A triple gain peak configuration is used for the generation of narrowband anomalous dispersion in 2 m tellurite glass fiber, where the group index change as much as -1.19 is achieved with 6.9 dB amplification in 34 ns Gaussian pulses, leading to the group index of 0.84. PMID:18521152

  12. Investigation of passive and active silica-tin oxide nanostructured optical fibers fabricated by "inverse dip-coating" and "powder in tube" method based on the chemical sol-gel process and laser emission

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Granger, G.; Restoin, C.; Roy, P.; Jamier, R.; Rougier, S.; Duclere, J.-R.; Lecomte, A.; Dauliat, R.; Blondy, J.-M.

    2015-05-01

    This paper presents a study of original nanostructured optical fibers based on the SiO2-SnO2-(Yb3+) system. Two different processes have been developed and compared: the sol-gel chemical method associated to the "inverse dip-coating" (IDC) and the "powder in tube" (PIT). The microstructural and optical properties of the fibers are studied according to the concentration of SnO2. X-Ray Diffraction as well as Transmission Electron Microscopy studies show that the SnO2 crystallizes into the cassiterite phase as nanoparticles with a diameter ranging from 4 to 50 nm as a function of tin oxide concentration. A comparative study highlights a better conservation of SnO2 into the fiber core with the PIT approach according to the refractive index profile and energy dispersive X-Ray spectrometry measurement. The attenuation evaluated by the classic cut-back method gives respectively values higher than 3 dB/m and 0.2 dB/m in the visible (VIS) and infrared (IR) ranges for the PIT fibers whereas background losses reach 0.5 dB/m in the VIS range for IDC fibers. The introduction of ytterbium ions into the core of PIT fibers, directly in the first chemical step, leads to a laser emission (between 1050 and 1100 nm) according to the fiber length under 850 nm wavelength pumping. Luminescence studies have demonstrated the influence of the tin oxide on the rare earth optical properties especially by the modification of the absorption (850 to 1000 nm) and emission (950 to 1100 nm) by discretization of the bands, as well as on the IR emission lifetime evaluated to 10 ?s.

  13. MIKES’ primary phase stepping gauge block interferometer

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    Byman, V.; Lassila, A.

    2015-08-01

    MIKES’ modernized phase stepping interferometer for gauge block calibration (PSIGB) will be described. The instrument is based on the well-regarded NPL-TESA gauge block interferometer from 1994. The decision to upgrade the instrument resulted from several components, such as the PC and charge-coupled device (CCD) camera, having reached the end of their lifetime. In this paper modernized components, measurement method and analysis will be explained. The lasers are coupled to the instrument using single mode fiber. The instrument uses phase stepping generated by an added optical window on a controllable rotatory table in the reference arm with a recently developed nine-position phase stepping algorithm. Unwrapping is done with a robust path following algorithm. Procedures for adjusting the interferometer are explained. Determination and elimination of wavefront error, coherent noise and analysis of their influence on the results is described. Flatness and variation in length are also important parameters of gauge blocks to be characterized, and the corresponding analysis method is clarified. Uncertainty analysis for the central length, flatness and variation in length is also described. The results are compared against those of the old hardware and software. The standard uncertainty for central length measurement is u = [(9.5?nm)2 + (121 × 10-9?L)2]½, where L is measured length.

  14. Preform For Producing An Optical Fiber And Method Therefor

    DOEpatents

    Kliner, Dahv A. V. (San Ramon, CA); Koplow, Jeffery P. (Washington, DC)

    2004-08-10

    The present invention provides a simple method for fabricating fiber-optic glass preforms having complex refractive index configurations and/or dopant distributions in a radial direction with a high degree of accuracy and precision. The method teaches bundling together a plurality of glass rods of specific physical, chemical, or optical properties and wherein the rod bundle is fused in a manner that maintains the cross-sectional composition and refractive-index profiles established by the position of the rods.

  15. Preform For Producing An Optical Fiber And Method Therefor

    DOEpatents

    Kliner, Dahv A. V. (San Ramon, CA); Koplow, Jeffery P. (Washington, DC)

    2005-04-19

    The present invention provides a simple method for fabricating fiber-optic glass preforms having complex refractive index configurations and/or dopant distributions in a radial direction with a high degree of accuracy and precision. The method teaches bundling together a plurality of glass rods of specific physical, chemical, or optical properties and wherein the rod bundle is fused in a manner that maintains the cross-sectional composition and refractive-index profiles established by the position of the rods.

  16. UV laser processing and multiphoton absorption processes in optical telecommunication fiber materials

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    Lancry, Matthieu; Poumellec, Bertrand

    2013-02-01

    Over the last two decades UV-induced ?n profiling in SiO glasses was widely used for production of in-fibre/waveguide Bragg grating-based (BG) optical devices for photonics industry. These devices have found numerous applications in optical fiber sensing, telecommunication and all fiber laser systems. From a practical point of view, it is the most important photo-induced phenomenon observed each time a silica glass is exposed to convenient low or high UV intensity laser light through one quantum and multi-photon mechanisms respectively. In fact, depending on the materials, conditions of exposure and conditioning processes (i.e. the photosensitization process), UV induced index changes may vary from 10-5 up to 10-2. In the following, for the purpose of illustrating the complexity of this multiple-variable dependence, we present a review of how factors such as exposure time, laser wavelength, sensitization process, pulse duration, or the chemical composition, can affect the photosensitive response of silica-based glasses, i.e. the number of photons involved in the initial step of absorption, the writing efficiency and so on.

  17. Raman Imaging with a Fiber-Coupled Multichannel Spectrograph

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    Schmälzlin, Elmar; Moralejo, Benito; Rutowska, Monika; Monreal-Ibero, Ana; Sandin, Christer; Tarcea, Nicolae; Popp, Jürgen; Roth, Martin M.

    2014-01-01

    Until now, spatially resolved Raman Spectroscopy has required to scan a sample under investigation in a time-consuming step-by-step procedure. Here, we present a technique that allows the capture of an entire Raman image with only one single exposure. The Raman scattering arising from the sample was collected with a fiber-coupled high-performance astronomy spectrograph. The probe head consisting of an array of 20 × 20 multimode fibers was linked to the camera port of a microscope. To demonstrate the high potential of this new concept, Raman images of reference samples were recorded. Entire chemical maps were received without the need for a scanning procedure. PMID:25420149

  18. Fiber optic micro accelerometer

    DOEpatents

    Swierkowski, Steve P.

    2005-07-26

    An accelerometer includes a wafer, a proof mass integrated into the wafer, at least one spring member connected to the proof mass, and an optical fiber. A Fabry-Perot cavity is formed by a partially reflective surface on the proof mass and a partially reflective surface on the end of the optical fiber. The two partially reflective surfaces are used to detect movement of the proof mass through the optical fiber, using an optical detection system.

  19. Fiber composite flywheel rim

    DOEpatents

    Davis, Donald E. (Thousand Oaks, CA); Ingham, Kenneth T. (Woodland Hills, CA)

    1987-01-01

    A flywheel 2 comprising a hub 4 having at least one radially projecting disc 6, an annular rim 14 secured to said disc and providing a surface circumferential to said hub, a first plurality of resin-impregnated fibers 22 wound about said rim congruent to said surface, and a shell 26 enclosing said first plurality of fibers and formed by a second plurality of resin-impregnated fibers wound about said rim tangentially to said surface.

  20. SPAR-H Step-by-Step Guidance

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    W. J. Galyean; A. M. Whaley; D. L. Kelly; R. L. Boring

    2011-05-01

    This guide provides step-by-step guidance on the use of the SPAR-H method for quantifying Human Failure Events (HFEs). This guide is intended to be used with the worksheets provided in: 'The SPAR-H Human Reliability Analysis Method,' NUREG/CR-6883, dated August 2005. Each step in the process of producing a Human Error Probability (HEP) is discussed. These steps are: Step-1, Categorizing the HFE as Diagnosis and/or Action; Step-2, Rate the Performance Shaping Factors; Step-3, Calculate PSF-Modified HEP; Step-4, Accounting for Dependence, and; Step-5, Minimum Value Cutoff. The discussions on dependence are extensive and include an appendix that describes insights obtained from the psychology literature.

  1. Electrospinning of nanocomposite fibers

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    Krikorian, Vahik

    2005-03-01

    Physical properties of a novel biocompatible nanocomposite fiber are investigated. The fibers are fabricated by incorporation of organically modified clay in a fiber electrospinning process. Commercially available Montmorillonite type organoclays with different extent of miscibility with the polymer matrix are employed to study the effect of organic modifier/matrix interactions. The nanocomposite fibers are prepared by electrospinning a suspension of organoclay/dichloromethane with poly(L-lactic acid), PLLA, a widely used biodegradable synthetic polyester. Effect of clay incorporation on fiber diameter, crystallinity and mechanical properties are studied. A high degree of birefringence in polarized light microscopy suggested that the polymer chains in as-spun fibers are highly aligned. However, wide angle x-ray scattering (WAXS) data revealed no crystalline peaks in as-spun fibers. Annealing the samples above the glass transition temperature induces high degree of crystallinity. Based on Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), spun fibers are highly porous, which may be beneficial in biomedical applications, membranes, and reinforcement matrices. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) data show the ordering of silicate platelets along the fiber axis, consistent with the d-spacings obtained from WAXS. Cold crystallization behavior of as spun nanofibers studied via in-situ Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) will also be presented.

  2. Refractive index sensor based on the leaky radiation of a microfiber

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    Gao, F.; Liu, H.; Sheng, C.; Zhu, C.; Zhu, S. N.

    2014-05-01

    In this work we present a refractive index sensor based on the leaky radiation of a microfiber. The 5.3um diameter microfiber is fabricated by drawing a commercial optical fiber. When the microfiber is immersed into a liquid with larger refractive index than the effective index of fiber mode, the light will leak out through the leaky radiation process. The variation of refractive index of liquid can be monitored by measuring radiation angle of light. The refractive index sensitivity can be over 400 degree/RIU in theory. In the experiment, the variation value 0.001 of refractive index of liquid around this microfiber can be detected through this technique. This work provides a simple and sensitive method for refractive index sensing application.

  3. Refractive index sensor based on the leaky radiation of a microfiber.

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    Gao, F; Liu, H; Sheng, C; Zhu, C; Zhu, S N

    2014-05-19

    In this work we present a refractive index sensor based on the leaky radiation of a microfiber. The 5.3um diameter microfiber is fabricated by drawing a commercial optical fiber. When the microfiber is immersed into a liquid with larger refractive index than the effective index of fiber mode, the light will leak out through the leaky radiation process. The variation of refractive index of liquid can be monitored by measuring radiation angle of light. The refractive index sensitivity can be over 400 degree/RIU in theory. In the experiment, the variation value 0.001 of refractive index of liquid around this microfiber can be detected through this technique. This work provides a simple and sensitive method for refractive index sensing application. PMID:24921381

  4. Stepped-Cantilever Piezoelectric Actuator Using Anisotropic Composite Material

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    Kusakabe, Chiharu; Tomikawa, Yoshiro; Kurose, Tomoki; Ohnishi, Kazumasa

    1995-09-01

    This paper deals with a vibrational analysis of a stepped-cantilever piezoelectric actuator for the purpose of magnifying its end displacement. The piezoelectric actuator used here is a bimorphic type. As a basic bar of the bimorphic cantilever, we have investigated three kinds of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) bars. Vibrational analysis has been performed using an electrical circuit analogy of the mechanical vibration system. As a result of simulation and experiment, it was proven that the end displacement could be increased by selecting an appropriate form of stepping.

  5. Preparation and applications of germanium and fluorine doped microstructured fibers

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    Schuster, K.; Kobelke, J.; Schwuchow, A.; Leich, M.; Becker, M.; Rothhardt, M.; Röpke, U.; Kirchhof, J.; Bartelt, H.; Geernaert, T.

    2007-05-01

    The doping of silica yields additional degrees of freedom to vary the optical parameters of index guided and band gap controlled microstructured optical fibers (MOFs). Aside from the widely investigated rare earth doped microstructured fibers for lasers also the integration of conventionally doped structural elements with passive functions into MOFs allows to enhance effectively the optical performance of such fibers. We report on progress in preparation of microstructured fibers with air holes and solid structural elements composed of germanium and fluorine doped silica materials. The microstructured fibers were prepared by stack-and-draw technology. The starting materials are preform rods and tubes with graded dopant concentration prepared by MCVD and sintering technology. They were elongated to millimeter dimensions before packaging to final MOF preforms. We prepared MOFs with both holey core and holey cladding. The microstructuring of the holey cladding is achieved with fluorine doped capillaries. Several applications have been investigated. The high photosensitivity of germanium-silica MOFs makes possible the inscription of Bragg gratings with high efficiency. In fiber evanescent field sensors, such microstructured fibers improve the overlap between the propagating light field and the analyte and allow therefore an increased sensitivity e.g. for gas sensing with optical fibers. Solid MOFs with multiple cores in a highly precise array arrangement can been investigated as a model system for the study of nonlinear dynamics in discrete optics.

  6. AMPHIBOLE FIBER CONCENTRATION DETERMINATION FOR A SERIES OF COMMUNITY AIR SAMPLES: USE OF X-RAY DIFFRACTION TO SUPPLEMENT ELECTRON MICROSCOPE ANALYSIS

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    The accurate measurement of annual average mineral fiber concentrations at various air sampling sites provides the best index of non-occupational inhalation exposure to fibers in a community located near an industrial source of airborne amphibole fibers. The transmission electron...

  7. 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

  8. A new designed OAM fiber enabling the integration of classical and quantum optical fiber communications

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    Zhu, Min; Zhang, Xiaoguang; Zhang, Wenbo; Xi, Lixia; Tang, Xianfeng

    2015-08-01

    We propose a design of a multi-OAM-modes ring-core fiber with two guided modes regions which possesses relatively large effective index separations required for the vector modes. This fiber can support 28 information states bearing OAM spanning 8 OAM orders with large effective mode area by using polarization multiplexing and both signs of topological charge in the ring region, combined with two degenerate fundamental polarization modes in the core region which can hold the whole C bands. There is a high isolation between the modes in these two regions. These designed features have potential applications in the next generation fiber communication systems either in the quantum domain or in the classical domain.

  9. A Flexible Fiber-Based Supercapacitor-Triboelectric-Nanogenerator Power System for Wearable Electronics.

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    Wang, Jie; Li, Xiuhan; Zi, Yunlong; Wang, Sihong; Li, Zhaoling; Zheng, Li; Yi, Fang; Li, Shengming; Wang, Zhong Lin

    2015-09-01

    A flexible self-charging power system is built by integrating a fiber-based supercapacitor with a fiber-based triboelectric nanogenerator for harvesting mechanical energy from human motion. The fiber-based supercapacitor exhibits outstanding electrochemical properties, owing to the excellent pseudocapacitance of well-prepared RuO2 ·xH2 O by a vapor-phase hydrothermal method as the active material. The approach is a step forward toward self-powered wearable electronics. PMID:26175123

  10. USDA Flax fiber utilization research

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    The United States is pursuing natural fibers as sustainable, environmentally friendly sources for a variety of industrial applications. Flax (Linum usitatissimum L.) fiber offers many possibilities towards this goal. Research on flax fiber production, processing, and standards development is urgen...

  11. Electrospun Fibers for Energy, Electronic, & Environmental Applications

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    Bedford, Nicholas M.

    Electrospinning is an established method for creating polymer and bio-polymer fibers of dimensions ranging from ˜10 nanometers to microns. The process typically involves applying a high voltage between a solution source (usually at the end of a capillary or syringe) and a substrate on which the nanofibers are deposited. The high electric field distorts the shape of the liquid droplet, creating a Taylor cone. Additional applied voltage ejects a liquid jet of the polymer solution in the Taylor cone toward the counter electrode. The formation of fibers is generated by the rapid electrostatic elongation and solvent evaporation of this viscoelastic jet, which typically generates an entangled non-woven mesh of fibers with a high surface area to volume ratio. Electrospinning is an attractive alternative to other processes for creating nano-scale fibers and high surface area to volume ratio surfaces due to its low start up cost, overall simplicity, wide range of processable materials, and the ability to generate a moderate amount of fibers in one step. It has also been demonstrated that coaxial electrospinning is possible, wherein the nanofiber has two distinct phases, one being the core and another being the sheath. This method is advantageous because properties of two materials can be combined into one fiber, while maintaining two distinct material phases. Materials that are inherently electrospinable could be made into fibers using this technique as well. The most common applications areas for electrospun fibers are in filtration and biomedical areas, with a comparatively small amount of work done in energy, environmental, and sensor applications. Furthermore, the use of biologically materials in electrospun fibers is an avenue of research that needs more exploration, given the unique properties these materials can exhibit. The research aim of this thesis is to explore the use of electrospun fibers for energy, electrical and environmental applications. For energy applications, fibers consisting of the commonly used organic photovoltaic electron donor/acceptor pair P3HT:PCBM were made by coaxial electrospinning. The inclusion of P3HT:PCBM fibers into an active layer of a organic photovoltaic device led to a ˜ 50% increase in power conversion efficiency over a thin film device of identical chemical composition and thickness. The inclusion of biological photosynthetic moieties into electrically relevant conjugated polymers was also explored for electrical applications. Polymeric fibers consisting largely of PEDOT:PSS were doped with thylakoid vesicles from spinach, and were found to act as photo-detectors. Native PEDOT:PSS does not exhibit such properties. For environmental applications, photocatalytic degradation membranes were also created by electrospinning cellulosic fibers which could be used as platforms to efficiently bind the photocatalyst TiO2. Employing different fiber-titania binding strategies, titania nanoparticles of various sizes and band gap configurations were successfully incorporated into mats of non-woven cellulosic nanofibers. These mats were found to successfully degrade dyes and relevant fresh water toxins such as microcystin-LR.

  12. 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.

  13. Fundamental Areas of Phenomenology(including Applications): Nonlinearity of InP-Doped Fibers

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    Zhang, Ru; Chen, Xi; Wang, Jin; Duan, Yu-Wen

    2009-05-01

    By combining nano-technology with fiber technology, an optical fiber doped with semiconductor nano-particles as InP is fabricated by using the modified chemical vapor deposition (MCVD) method. Proved by experiment, the fiber has excellent waveguide characteristics, and the concentration of InP is approximately 0.1%. By using a scanning electron microscope, a stereo-scan photograph of the fiber is obtained, and based on the graph, presentations of the fiber under both magnetic and electronic fields are simulated, the effective core area Aeff approx 10 ?m2 is calculated, and so is the nonlinear index ? = 10.53 W-1/Km of the fiber. This research leads a new method of high nonlinearity fiber fabrication.

  14. Strength Development of High-Strength Ductile Concrete Incorporating Metakaolin and PVA Fibers

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    Nuruddin, Muhammad Fadhil; Shafiq, Nasir

    2014-01-01

    The mechanical properties of high-strength ductile concrete (HSDC) have been investigated using Metakaolin (MK) as the cement replacing material and PVA fibers. Total twenty-seven (27) mixes of concrete have been examined with varying content of MK and PVA fibers. It has been found that the coarser type PVA fibers provide strengths competitive to control or higher than control. Concrete with coarser type PVA fibers has also refined microstructure, but the microstructure has been undergone with the increase in aspect ratio of fibers. The microstructure of concrete with MK has also more refined and packing of material is much better with MK. PVA fibers not only give higher stiffness but also showed the deflection hardening response. Toughness Index of HSDC reflects the improvement in flexural toughness over the plain concrete and the maximum toughness indices have been observed with 10% MK and 2% volume fraction of PVA fibers. PMID:24707202

  15. Fiber optic sensor employing successively destroyed coupled points or reflectors for detecting shock wave speed and damage location

    DOEpatents

    Weiss, J.D.

    1995-08-29

    A shock velocity and damage location sensor providing a means of measuring shock speed and damage location is disclosed. The sensor consists of a long series of time-of-arrival ``points`` constructed with fiber optics. The fiber optic sensor apparatus measures shock velocity as the fiber sensor is progressively crushed as a shock wave proceeds in a direction along the fiber. The light received by a receiving means changes as time-of-arrival points are destroyed as the sensor is disturbed by the shock. The sensor may comprise a transmitting fiber bent into a series of loops and fused to a receiving fiber at various places, time-of-arrival points, along the receiving fibers length. At the ``points`` of contact, where a portion of the light leaves the transmitting fiber and enters the receiving fiber, the loops would be required to allow the light to travel backwards through the receiving fiber toward a receiving means. The sensor may also comprise a single optical fiber wherein the time-of-arrival points are comprised of reflection planes distributed along the fibers length. In this configuration, as the shock front proceeds along the fiber it destroys one reflector after another. The output received by a receiving means from this sensor may be a series of downward steps produced as the shock wave destroys one time-of-arrival point after another, or a nonsequential pattern of steps in the event time-of-arrival points are destroyed at any point along the sensor. 6 figs.

  16. Fiber optic sensor employing successively destroyed coupled points or reflectors for detecting shock wave speed and damage location

    DOEpatents

    Weiss, Jonathan D. (Albuquerque, NM)

    1995-01-01

    A shock velocity and damage location sensor providing a means of measuring shock speed and damage location. The sensor consists of a long series of time-of-arrival "points" constructed with fiber optics. The fiber optic sensor apparatus measures shock velocity as the fiber sensor is progressively crushed as a shock wave proceeds in a direction along the fiber. The light received by a receiving means changes as time-of-arrival points are destroyed as the sensor is disturbed by the shock. The sensor may comprise a transmitting fiber bent into a series of loops and fused to a receiving fiber at various places, time-of-arrival points, along the receiving fibers length. At the "points" of contact, where a portion of the light leaves the transmitting fiber and enters the receiving fiber, the loops would be required to allow the light to travel backwards through the receiving fiber toward a receiving means. The sensor may also comprise a single optical fiber wherein the time-of-arrival points are comprised of reflection planes distributed along the fibers length. In this configuration, as the shock front proceeds along the fiber it destroys one reflector after another. The output received by a receiving means from this sensor may be a series of downward steps produced as the shock wave destroys one time-of-arrival point after another, or a nonsequential pattern of steps in the event time-of-arrival points are destroyed at any point along the sensor.

  17. Engineering metal oxide nanostructures for the fiber optic sensor platform.

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    Poole, Zsolt L; Ohodnicki, Paul; Chen, Rongzhang; Lin, Yuankun; Chen, Kevin P

    2014-02-10

    This paper presents an effective integration scheme of nanostructured SnO2 with the fiber optic platform for chemical sensing applications based on evanescent optical interactions. By using a triblock copolymer as a structure directing agent as the means of nano-structuring, the refractive index of SnO2 is reduced from >2.0 to 1.46, in accordance with effective medium theory for optimal on-fiber integration. High-temperature stable fiber Bragg gratings inscribed in D-shaped fibers were used to perform real-time characterization of optical absorption and refractive index modulation of metal oxides in response to NH3 from the room temperature to 500 °C. Measurement results reveals that the redox reaction of the nanostructured metal oxides exposed to a reactive gas NH3 induces much stronger changes in optical absorption as opposed to changes in the refractive index. Results presented in this paper provide important guidance for fiber optic chemical sensing designs based on metal oxide nanomaterials. PMID:24663558

  18. Film/Adhesive Processing Module for Fiber-Placement Processing of Composites

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    Hulcher, A. Bruce

    2007-01-01

    An automated apparatus has been designed and constructed that enables the automated lay-up of composite structures incorporating films, foils, and adhesives during the automated fiber-placement process. This apparatus, denoted a film module, could be used to deposit materials in film or thin sheet form either simultaneously when laying down the fiber composite article or in an independent step.

  19. Design of Vibration Absorbers for Step Motions and Step Disturbances

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    Singhose, William

    Design of Vibration Absorbers for Step Motions and Step Disturbances Joel Fortgang William Singhose or from external disturbances. The technique of adding a vibration ab- sorber has proven useful at eliminating vibrations from external disturbances and rotational imbalances. Traditionally, vibration

  20. Phase diagram of step faceting for sticky steps

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    Akutsu, Noriko

    2015-01-01

    A phase diagram for the step faceting phase, the step droplet phase, and the Gruber-Mullins-Pokrovsky-Talapov (GMPT) phase on a crystal surface is obtained by calculating the surface tension with the density matrix renormalization group method. The model based on the calculations is the restricted solid-on-solid (RSOS) model with a point-contact-type step-step attraction (p-RSOS model) on a square lattice. The point-contact-type step-step attraction represents the energy gain obtained by forming a bonding state with orbital overlap at the meeting point of the neighbouring steps. Owing to the sticky character of steps, there are two phase transition temperatures, $T_{f,1}$ and $T_{f,2}$. At temperatures $T running directio...

  1. CENDI Indexing Workshop

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1994-01-01

    The CENDI Indexing Workshop held at NASA Headquarters, Two Independence Square, 300 E Street, Washington, DC, on September 21-22, 1994 focused on the following topics: machine aided indexing, indexing quality, an indexing pilot project, the MedIndEx Prototype, Department of Energy/Office of Scientific and Technical Information indexing activities, high-tech coding structures, category indexing schemes, and the Government Information Locator Service. This publication consists mostly of viewgraphs related to the above noted topics. In an appendix is a description of the Government Information Locator Service.

  2. Synapsable quadruplex-mediated fibers

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    Mendez, Miguel Angel; Szalai, Veronika A.

    2013-05-01

    We have fabricated a DNA-based nanofiber created by self-assembly of guanine quadruplex (Hoogsteen base pairing) and double-stranded DNA (Watson-Crick base pairing). When duplexes containing a long stretch of contiguous guanines and single-stranded overhangs are incubated in potassium-containing buffer, the preformed duplexes create high molecular weight species that contain quadruplexes. In addition to observation of these larger species by gel electrophoresis, solutions were analyzed by atomic force microscopy to reveal nanofibers. Analysis of the atomic force microscopy images indicates that fibers form with lengths ranging from 250 to 2,000 nm and heights from 0.45 to 4.0 nm. This work is a first step toward the creation of new structurally heterogeneous (quadruplex/duplex), yet controllable, DNA-based materials exhibiting novel properties suitable for a diverse array of nanotechnology applications.

  3. Tunable fiber polarizing filter based on a single-hole-infiltrated polarization maintaining photonic crystal fiber.

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    Guo, Junqi; Liu, Yan-ge; Wang, Zhi; Han, Tingting; Huang, Wei; Luo, Mingming

    2014-04-01

    A tunable fiber polarizing filter based on selectively filling a single hole of a solid-core polarization maintaining photonic crystal fiber with high index liquid are proposed and demonstrated. Two groups of polarization-dependent resonance dips in the transmission spectrum of the single-hole-infiltrated photonic crystal fiber are observed. Theoretical and experimental investigations reveal that these resonant dips result from the couplings between the silica core fundamental mode at x or y polarization and high order modes (TM(01), TE(01) and HE(11)) in the liquid core. Especially, a distinctive characteristic near the strongest resonant point (SRP) is demonstrated and revealed. The transmission loss and spectral shape at the SRP wavelength are extremely sensitive to the filling length and temperature (or Refractive Index, RI), which permits a fiber bandpass or bandstop polarizing filter with a good performance on tunability and controllability. Furthermore, the narrowband dips on both sides of the SRP wavelength have wavelength-dependent tuning velocities, providing a method to achieve flexible and controllable filters as well as two- or multi-parameter sensors with a compact structure. PMID:24718135

  4. Comparison of characteristics of Bragg fibers with silica and air cores

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    Mat?jec, Vlastimil; Podrazký, Ond?ej; Kašík, Ivan; Frank, Milan; Jelínek, Michal; Kube?ek, Václav

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents the comparison of experimental characteristics of two types of Bragg fibers, one with a silica core and second with an air core. The claddings of the fibers consist of three pairs of Bragg layers. Each pair is composed of one layer with a high and one layer with a low refractive index with a refractive-index contrast of about 0.03. The diameter of the silica core is of about 30 ?m and that of the air core is of about 55 ?m. Preforms of the Bragg fibers in the form of a tube have been prepared by the MCVD method by using germanium dioxide, phosphorous pentoxide and fluorine as silica dopants. In the case of the fiber with the air core only Bragg layers were applied inside a substrate tube while in the case of the fiber with the silica core one additional silica layer was deposited over the Bragg layers. The fibers were drawn from the preforms under controlled temperatures in order to obtain fibers with air or solid cores. Results of characterization of prepared fibers by optical microscopy are presented. Several laser sources including a pulse and continuous-wave Nd:YAG lasers at 1064 nm and a laser diode at 1550 nm were used for testing the transmission of laser radiation through the fibers. Transmittances, attenuation coefficients, bending losses and spatial profiles of output beams from the fibers were determined from such measurements.

  5. Forced unraveling of chromatin fibers with nonuniform linker DNA lengths

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    Ozer, Gungor; Collepardo-Guevara, Rosana; Schlick, Tamar

    2015-02-01

    The chromatin fiber undergoes significant structural changes during the cell's life cycle to modulate DNA accessibility. Detailed mechanisms of such structural transformations of chromatin fibers as affected by various internal and external conditions such as the ionic conditions of the medium, the linker DNA length, and the presence of linker histones, constitute an open challenge. Here we utilize Monte Carlo (MC) simulations of a coarse grained model of chromatin with nonuniform linker DNA lengths as found in vivo to help explain some aspects of this challenge. We investigate the unfolding mechanisms of chromatin fibers with alternating linker lengths of 26-62 bp and 44-79 bp using a series of end-to-end stretching trajectories with and without linker histones and compare results to uniform-linker-length fibers. We find that linker histones increase overall resistance of nonuniform fibers and lead to fiber unfolding with superbeads-on-a-string cluster transitions. Chromatin fibers with nonuniform linker DNA lengths display a more complex, multi-step yet smoother process of unfolding compared to their uniform counterparts, likely due to the existence of a more continuous range of nucleosome-nucleosome interactions. This finding echoes the theme that some heterogeneity in fiber component is biologically advantageous.

  6. Debye Model of Step Wandering

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    Richards, Howard; Benson, Amber; Einstein, T. L.

    2005-03-01

    The stiffness of steps on vicinal crystal surfaces is often detemined by fitting experimental step wandering functions to a theoretical form, which is based on a harmonic approximation to the potential experienced by the step. This approximation is analagous to the Einstein model of solids, and it can likewise be improved by a "Debye model" in which the spatial dependence is implicit through the relative positions of neighboring steps. The form of the resulting wandering function will be presented and compared with numerical simulations of the terrace-step-kink model for a range of step interactions.

  7. ROLE OF FIBER MODIFICATION IN NATURAL FIBER COMPOSITE PROCESSING

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    Fifield, Leonard S.; Denslow, Kayte M.; Gutowska, Anna; Simmons, Kevin L.; Holbery, Jim

    2005-11-03

    The prediction and characterization of the adhesion between fiber, surface treatment, and polymer is critical to the success of large-scale natural fiber based polymer composites in automotive semi-structural application. The two primary factors limiting the use of natural fiber in polymer composites are fiber moisture uptake and fiber degradation during high-temperature processing. In this study, we have developed several fiber surface modification techniques and analyzed the fiber-polymer adhesion of modified fibers to more clearly understand the critical parameters controlling moisture uptake, swelling, and fiber degradation due to interfacial structure. We will present a overview of surface modification techniques we have applied to date for hemp fiber sources, and illustrate a path to characterize surface modification effects on natural fiber adhesion in thermoplastic composites.

  8. Ion-exchange hollow fibers

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    Rembaum, A.; Yen, S. P. S.; Klein, E. (inventors)

    1976-01-01

    An ion-exchange hollow fiber is prepared by introducing into the wall of the fiber polymerizable liquid monomers, and polymerizing the monomers therein to form solid, insoluble, crosslinked, ion-exchange resin particles which embed in the wall of the fiber. Excess particles blocking the central passage or bore of the fiber are removed by forcing liquid through the fiber. The fibers have high ion-exchange capacity, a practical wall permeability and good mechanical strength even with very thin wall dimensions. Experimental investigation of bundles of ion-exchange hollow fibers attached to a header assembly have shown the fiber to be very efficient in removing counterions from solution.

  9. Ion-exchange hollow fibers

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Rembaum, Alan (Inventor); Yen, Shiao-Ping S. (Inventor); Klein, Elias (Inventor)

    1977-01-01

    An ion-exchange hollow fiber is prepared by introducing into the wall of the fiber polymerizable liquid monomers, and polymerizing the monomers therein to form solid, insoluble, cross-linked, ion-exchange resin particles which embed in the wall of the fiber. Excess particles blocking the central passage or bore of the fiber are removed by forcing liquid through the fiber. The fibers have high ion-exchange capacity, a practical wall permeability and good mechanical strength even with very thin wall dimensions. Experimental investigation of bundles of ion-exchange hollow fibers attached to a header assembly have shown the fiber to be very efficient in removing counterions from solution.

  10. Ion-exchange hollow fibers

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    Rembaum, Alan (Inventor); Yen, Shiao-Ping S. (Inventor); Klein, Elias (Inventor)

    1980-01-01

    An ion-exchange hollow fiber is prepared by introducing into the wall of the fiber polymerizable liquid monomers, and polymerizing the monomers therein to form solid, insoluble, cross-linked, ion-exchange resin particles which embed in the wall of the fiber. Excess particles blocking the central passage or bore of the fiber are removed by forcing liquid through the fiber. The fibers have high ion-exchange capacity, a practical wall permeability and good mechanical strength even with very thin wall dimensions. Experimental investigation of bundles of ion-exchange hollow fibers attached to a header assembly have shown the fiber to be very efficient in removing counterions from solution.

  11. Novel design of dual-core microstructured fiber with enhanced longitudinal strain sensitivity

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    Szostkiewicz, Lukasz; Tenderenda, T.; Napierala, M.; Szyma?ski, M.; Murawski, M.; Mergo, P.; Lesiak, P.; Marc, P.; Jaroszewicz, L. R.; Nasilowski, T.

    2014-05-01

    Constantly refined technology of manufacturing increasingly complex photonic crystal fibers (PCF) leads to new optical fiber sensor concepts. The ways of enhancing the influence of external factors (such as hydrostatic pressure, temperature, acceleration) on the fiber propagating conditions are commonly investigated in literature. On the other hand longitudinal strain analysis, due to the calculation difficulties caused by the three dimensional computation, are somehow neglected. In this paper we show results of such a 3D numerical simulation and report methods of tuning the fiber strain sensitivity by changing the fiber microstructure and core doping level. Furthermore our approach allows to control whether the modes' effective refractive index is increasing or decreasing with strain, with the possibility of achieving zero strain sensitivity with specific fiber geometries. The presented numerical analysis is compared with experimental results of the fabricated fibers characterization. Basing on the aforementioned methodology we propose a novel dual-core fiber design with significantly increased sensitivity to longitudinal strain for optical fiber sensor applications. Furthermore the reported fiber satisfies all conditions necessary for commercial applications like good mode matching with standard single-mode fiber, low confinement loss and ease of manufacturing with the stack-and-draw technique. Such fiber may serve as an integrated Mach-Zehnder interferometer when highly coherent source is used. With the optimization of single mode transmission to 850 nm, we propose a VCSEL source to be used in order to achieve a low-cost, reliable and compact strain sensing transducer.

  12. Viscofying properties of corn fiber gum with various polysaccharides

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    The effect of corn fiber gum (CFG) on the aqueous solutions of a series of widely-used commercial polysaccharides has been studied by rheological techniques using stress synergism index to evaluate its viscosifying action. Though CFG solution exhibited Newtonian fluid behaviour with a very low vis...

  13. Polymer Communication Fibers from polypropylene/nano carbon ber composites

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    Srinivasarao, Mohan

    ; Melt Flow Index of 17) was received from Amoco Co. As received polypropylene (95 g) and nano carbon and polypropylene/vapor grown nano carbon ®ber composite have been spun using conventional melt spinning equipmentPolymer Communication Fibers from polypropylene/nano carbon ®ber composites Satish Kumara,*, Harit

  14. Super capacitor with fibers

    DOEpatents

    Farmer, Joseph Collin; Kaschmitter, James

    2015-02-17

    An electrical cell apparatus includes a first current collector made of a multiplicity of fibers, a second current collector spaced from the first current collector; and a separator disposed between the first current collector and the second current collector. The fibers are contained in a foam.

  15. Diamond fiber field emitters

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    Blanchet-Fincher, Graciela B. (Wilmington, DE); Coates, Don M. (Santa Fe, NM); Devlin, David J. (Los Alamos, NM); Eaton, David F. (Wilmington, DE); Silzars, Aris K. (Landenburg, PA); Valone, Steven M. (Santa Fe, NM)

    1996-01-01

    A field emission electron emitter comprising an electrode formed of at least one diamond, diamond-like carbon or glassy carbon composite fiber, said composite fiber having a non-diamond core and a diamond, diamond-like carbon or glassy carbon coating on said non-diamond core, and electronic devices employing such a field emission electron emitter.

  16. Fiber optic polarization synthesizer

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    Scholl, Bernhard; Rasmussen, Jens C.; Schmitt, Hans J.

    1996-08-01

    Rotatable fiber loops are commonly used to change the state of polarization in fiber optic transmission systems. As an improvement of such a system we describe a feedback controlled polarization transformer which operates at its output prot as a polarization synthesizer. The whole setup allows a very efficient polarization adjustment with a stable and well known state of polarization.

  17. FLAX FIBER IN TEXTILES

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    REFINED, SHORT STAPLE FLAX FIBER CAN BE BLENDED WITH COTTON AND SPUN ON DRY SYSTEMS THAT ARE PREVALENT IN THE U.S. RESEARCH IS REQUIRED TO OPTIMIZE THE FIBER PROPERTIES AND THE PROCESSING SYSTEMS TO MORE EFFICIENTLY BLEND FLAX WITH COTTON. INCLUSION OF FLAX WITH COTTON PROVIDES YARN AND FABRIC PROPE...

  18. Green Schools Energy Project: A Step-by-Step Manual.

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    Quigley, Gwen

    This publication contains a step-by-step guide for implementing an energy-saving project in local school districts: the installation of newer, more energy-efficient "T-8" fluorescent tube lights in place of "T-12" lights. Eleven steps are explained in detail: (1) find out what kind of lights the school district currently uses; (2) form a group to…

  19. Segmented cladding fiber fabricated in silica-based glass

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    Hooda, Babita; Pal, Atasi; Rastogi, Vipul; Sen, Ranjan; Gandhi, Jimit; Kobelke, Jens

    2015-07-01

    We report fabrication of a segmented cladding fiber (SCF) in silica-based glass. An SCF with a uniform core of pure silica and cladding of periodically arranged pure silica and fluorine-doped silica in an angular direction has been fabricated by using the stack-and-draw technique. The fabricated fiber has been characterized by capturing its near-field intensity pattern at 633 nm wavelength. The number of modes has been estimated from the captured near-field intensity pattern by using neural network analysis. A four-segment SCF of 30-?m core diameter and 0.43% relative index differences between the high- and low-index segments shows few-mode operation by filtering out higher-order modes of an otherwise highly multimode fiber.

  20. Fluorescent fiber diagnostics

    DOEpatents

    Toeppen, John S.

    1994-10-04

    A fluorescent fiber (13) having a doped core (16) is pumped (11) by light (18) of a relatively short wavelength to produce fluorescence at a longer wavelength that is detected by detector (24). The level of fluorescence is monitored (26) and evaluated to provide information as to the excitation of the fiber (13) or the environment thereof. In particular, the level of intensity of the detected fluorescence may be used to measure the intensity of a light beam (18) passing axially through an optical fiber system (12) (FIG. 1 ), or the intensity of a light beam (46) passing radially through a fluorescent fiber (13) (FIG. 2 ), or the level of a fluid (32) in a tank (31) (FIG. 3 ), or a scintillation event (37) in a fluorescent fiber (13) pumped to produce amplification of the scintillation event (FIG. 4 ).

  1. Fiber optic hydrophone

    DOEpatents

    Kuzmenko, Paul J. (Livermore, CA); Davis, Donald T. (Livermore, CA)

    1994-01-01

    A miniature fiber optic hydrophone based on the principles of a Fabry-Perot interferometer. The hydrophone, in one embodiment, includes a body having a shaped flexible bladder at one end which defines a volume containing air or suitable gas, and including a membrane disposed adjacent a vent. An optic fiber extends into the body with one end terminating in spaced relation to the membrane. Acoustic waves in the water that impinge on the bladder cause the pressure of the volume therein to vary causing the membrane to deflect and modulate the reflectivity of the Fabry-Perot cavity formed by the membrane surface and the cleaved end of the optical fiber disposed adjacent to the membrane. When the light is transmitted down the optical fiber, the reflected signal is amplitude modulated by the incident acoustic wave. Another embodiment utilizes a fluid filled volume within which the fiber optic extends.

  2. Fluorescent fiber diagnostics

    DOEpatents

    Toeppen, John S. (Livermore, CA)

    1994-01-01

    A fluorescent fiber (13) having a doped core (16) is pumped (11) by light (18) of a relatively short wavelength to produce fluorescence at a longer wavelength that is detected by detector (24). The level of fluorescence is monitored (26) and evaluated to provide information as to the excitation of the fiber (13) or the environment thereof. In particular, the level of intensity of the detected fluorescence may be used to measure the intensity of a light beam (18) passing axially through an optical fiber system (12) (FIG. 1 ), or the intensity of a light beam (46) passing radially through a fluorescent fiber (13) (FIG. 2 ), or the level of a fluid (32) in a tank (31) (FIG. 3 ), or a scintillation event (37) in a fluorescent fiber (13) pumped to produce amplification of the scintillation event (FIG. 4 ).

  3. Compound Droplets on Fibers.

    PubMed

    Weyer, Floriane; Ben Said, Marouen; Hötzer, Johannes; Berghoff, Marco; Dreesen, Laurent; Nestler, Britta; Vandewalle, Nicolas

    2015-07-21

    Droplets on fibers have been extensively studied in the recent years. Although the equilibrium shapes of simple droplets on fibers are well established, the situation becomes more complex for compound fluidic systems. Through experimental and numerical investigations, we show herein that compound droplets can be formed on fibers and that they adopt specific geometries. We focus on the various contact lines formed at the meeting of the different phases and we study their equilibrium state. It appears that, depending on the surface tensions, the triple contact lines can remain separate or merge together and form quadruple lines. The nature of the contact lines influences the behavior of the compound droplets on fibers. Indeed, both experimental and numerical results show that, during the detachment process, depending on whether the contact lines are triple or quadruple, the characteristic length is the inner droplet radius or the fiber radius. PMID:26090699

  4. Compound droplets on fibers

    E-print Network

    Weyer, Floriane; Hötzer, Johannes; Berghoff, Marco; Dreesen, Laurent; Nestler, Britta; Vandewalle, Nicolas

    2015-01-01

    Droplets on fibers have been extensively studied in the recent years. Although the equilibrium shapes of simple droplets on fibers are well established, the situation becomes more complex for compound fluidic systems. Through experimental and numerical investigations, we show herein that compound droplets can be formed on fibers and that they adopt specific geometries. We focus on the various contact lines formed at the meeting of the different phases and we study their equilibrium state. It appears that, depending on the surface tensions, the triple contact lines can remain separate or merge together and form quadruple lines. The nature of the contact lines influences the behavior of the compound droplets on fibers. Indeed, both experimental and numerical results show that, during the detachment process, depending on whether the contact lines are triple or quadruple, the characteristic length is the inner droplet radius or the fiber radius.

  5. Fiber optic hydrophone

    DOEpatents

    Kuzmenko, P.J.; Davis, D.T.

    1994-05-10

    A miniature fiber optic hydrophone based on the principles of a Fabry-Perot interferometer is disclosed. The hydrophone, in one embodiment, includes a body having a shaped flexible bladder at one end which defines a volume containing air or suitable gas, and including a membrane disposed adjacent a vent. An optical fiber extends into the body with one end terminating in spaced relation to the membrane. Acoustic waves in the water that impinge on the bladder cause the pressure of the volume therein to vary causing the membrane to deflect and modulate the reflectivity of the Fabry-Perot cavity formed by the membrane surface and the cleaved end of the optical fiber disposed adjacent to the membrane. When the light is transmitted down the optical fiber, the reflected signal is amplitude modulated by the incident acoustic wave. Another embodiment utilizes a fluid filled volume within which the fiber optic extends. 2 figures.

  6. Stair-stepped Mound

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2003-01-01

    MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-429, 22 July 2003

    This April 2003 Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a stair-stepped mound of sedimentary rock (right of center) on the floor of a large impact crater in western Arabia Terra near 11.0oN, 4.4oW. Sedimentary rock outcrops are common in the craters of this region. The repeated thickness and uniformity of the layers that make up this mound suggest that their depositional environment was one in which cyclic or episodic events occurred over some period of time. The sediments might have been deposited in a lake, or they may have settled directly out of the atmosphere. Most of the layered material was later eroded away, leaving this circular mound and the other nearby mesas and knobs. The image is illuminated by sunlight from the lower left.

  7. Method for the preparation of carbon fiber from polyolefin fiber precursor, and carbon fibers made thereby

    DOEpatents

    Naskar, Amit Kumar; Hunt, Marcus Andrew; Saito, Tomonori

    2015-08-04

    Methods for the preparation of carbon fiber from polyolefin fiber precursor, wherein the polyolefin fiber precursor is partially sulfonated and then carbonized to produce carbon fiber. Methods for producing hollow carbon fibers, wherein the hollow core is circular- or complex-shaped, are also described. Methods for producing carbon fibers possessing a circular- or complex-shaped outer surface, which may be solid or hollow, are also described.

  8. Highly stretchable thermoset fibers and nonwovens using thiol-ene photopolymerization.

    PubMed

    Shanmuganathan, Kadhiravan; Elliot, Steven M; Lane, Austin P; Ellison, Christopher J

    2014-08-27

    In this report, we describe the preparation and characterization of a new class of thermoset fibers with high elongation and elastic recovery. Integrating UV-activated thiol-ene photopolymerization and electrospinning, we demonstrate an environmentally friendly single step approach to convert small monomeric precursor molecules into highly elastic fibers and nonwoven mats. The fibers were derived by in situ photopolymerization of a trifunctional vinyl ether monomer and a tetrafunctional thiol. Although thermosets often offer good chemical and thermal stability, these fibers also have a high average elongation at break of 62%. The elastomeric nature of these vinyl-ether based fibers can be partly attributed to their subambient Tg and partly to the cross-link density, monomer structure, and resulting network homogeneity. Nonwoven mats of these fibers were also stretchable and exhibited a much higher elongation at break of about 85%. These thermoset stretchable fibers could have potential applications as textile, biomedical, hot chemical filtration, and composite materials. PMID:25075754

  9. Glycemic Index and Diabetes

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    ... A A Listen En Español Glycemic Index and Diabetes The glycemic index, or GI, measures how a ... book-power-of-food-sticky.html More from diabetes.org Learn More: Special Book Promotion: Behind the ...

  10. Analysis Of Stepped Labyrinth Seals

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Scharrer, Joseph K.

    1990-01-01

    Report presents analysis of compressible flow in stepped labyrinth gas seal in turbomachine. Part of continuing effort to understand and suppress self-excited vibrations caused by stepped labyrinth seals. Rotordynamic coefficients derived for compressible flow.

  11. Highly sensitive, localized surface plasmon resonance fiber device for environmental sensing, based upon a structured bi-metal array of nano-wires.

    PubMed

    Allsop, Thomas; Neal, Ron; Chengbo, Mou; Kalli, Kyriacos; Webb, David

    2014-10-15

    We demonstrate a bi-metal coated (platinum and gold or silver), localized surface plasmon resonance fiber sensor with an index sensitivity exceeding 11,900 nm/RIU, yielding an index resolution of 2×10?? in the aqueous index regime. This is one of the highest index sensitivities achieved with an optical fiber sensor. The coatings consist of arrays of bi-metal nano-wires (typically 36 nm in radius and 20 ?m in length), supported by a silicon dioxide thin film on a thin substrate of germanium, the nano-wires being perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the D-shaped fiber. PMID:25361088

  12. STEPS: JPL's Astrometric Exoplanet Survey

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Shaklan, Stuart; Pravdo, Steve

    2008-01-01

    Presentation topics include: STEPS ground-based astrometry at Hale Telescope; the instrument; why astronomy and why M-dwarfs; motion of center of light about center of mass in photocentric orbit; photocentric motion vs. fractional mass; high-resolution imaging of STEPS targets; GU 802 p one possible orbit plotted with data, Keplerian frame; GJ 802 results; STEPS future; and a bibliography of STEPS papers.

  13. Guiding light in optically induced ring lattices with a low-refractive-index core

    E-print Network

    Yang, Jianke

    bandgap fiber with a low-index core. While the ring lattice is optically induced in a bulk crystalGuiding light in optically induced ring lattices with a low-refractive-index core Xiaosheng Wang, California 94132 Jianke Yang Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Vermont, Burlington

  14. SPAR-H Step-by-Step Guidance

    SciTech Connect

    April M. Whaley; Dana L. Kelly; Ronald L. Boring; William J. Galyean

    2012-06-01

    Step-by-step guidance was developed recently at Idaho National Laboratory for the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission on the use of the Standardized Plant Analysis Risk-Human Reliability Analysis (SPAR-H) method for quantifying Human Failure Events (HFEs). This work was done to address SPAR-H user needs, specifically requests for additional guidance on the proper application of various aspects of the methodology. This paper overviews the steps of the SPAR-H analysis process and highlights some of the most important insights gained during the development of the step-by-step directions. This supplemental guidance for analysts is applicable when plant-specific information is available, and goes beyond the general guidance provided in existing SPAR-H documentation. The steps highlighted in this paper are: Step-1, Categorizing the HFE as Diagnosis and/or Action; Step-2, Rate the Performance Shaping Factors; Step-3, Calculate PSF-Modified HEP; Step-4, Accounting for Dependence, and; Step-5, Minimum Value Cutoff.

  15. Air core Bragg fibers for delivery of near-infrared laser radiation

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    Jelínek, Michal; Frank, Milan; Kube?ek, Václav; Mat?jec, Vlastimil; Kašík, Ivan; Podrazký, Ond?ej

    2014-12-01

    Optical fibers designed for high power laser radiation delivery represent important tools in medicine, solar systems, or industry. For such purposes several different types of glass optical fibers such as silica, sapphire, or chalcogenide ones as well as hollow-glass fibers, photonic crystal fibers and Bragg fibers have been investigated. Air-core Bragg fibers or photonic crystal fibers offer us the possibility of light transmission in a low dispersive material - air having a high damage threshold and small non-linear coefficient. However, preforms for drawing Bragg fibers can be fabricated by MCVD method similarly as preforms of standard silica fibers. In this paper we present fundamental characteristics of laboratory-designed and fabricated Bragg fibers with air cores intended for delivery of laser radiation at a wavelength range from 0.9 to 1.5 ?m. Bragg fibers with different air core diameters of 5, 45 and 73 mm were prepared. The fiber core was surrounded by three pairs of circular Bragg layers. Each pair was composed of one layer with a high and one layer with a low refractive index with a contrast up to 0.03. Several laser sources emitting at 0.975, 1.06, and 1.55 ?m were used as radiation sources. Attenuation coefficients, overall transmissions, bending losses, and spatial profiles of output beams from fibers were determined at these wavelengths. The lowest attenuation coefficient of 70 dB/km was determined for the 45 ?m and 73 mm air-core fiber when radiation from a laser was launched into the fibers by using optical lenses. However, multimodal transmission has been observed in such condition. It has also been found that bending losses of such fibers are negligible for bending diameters higher than 15 mm.

  16. California Nitrogen Index

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    The California N Index User Manual is designed to help you become accustomed to the software environment in which the N Index runs. This manual will use an example scenario to demonstrate how to use the N Index to assess nitrogen losses. The objective of this theoretical example is to guide you towa...

  17. Powerlessness Reinterpreted: Reframing Step One.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Young, Susan L.

    The 12 steps of the well-known mutual help group, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), begin with Step One, admitting powerlessness. Although Step One has helped many problem drinkers and other addicts, its spiritual concepts have been criticized. The possibility of reconceptualizing powerlessness as empowering, not only within AA and its offshoot programs,…

  18. Fiber-optic couplers. January 1973-February 1988 (citations from the NTIS data base). Report for January 1973-February 1988

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1988-03-01

    This bibliography contains citations concerning the design, fabrication, analysis, performance evaluation, and applications of fiber-optic couplers. Topics include optical coupling for fiber-optic transmission lines, frequency and wavelength division multiplexing, multiwavelength coupler-decouplers, single mode and multimode couplers, and fiber-optic gyroscope applications. Various types of couplers are examined including waveguide, star, access, duplex, data bus, passive, tee, and holographic. Patented fiber-optic devices using couplers are included. Citations concerning fiber-optic connectors are excluded and examined in a separate bibliography. (Contains 218 citations fully indexed and including a title list.)

  19. Thermally tunable bandgaps in a hybrid As2S3/silica photonic crystal fiber

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    Markos, Christos; Stefani, Alessio; Bang, Ole

    2015-09-01

    We report the fabrication and characterization of a hybrid silica photonic crystal fiber (PCF) with integrated chalcogenide glass layers and we show how the bandgaps of the fiber can be thermally tuned. The formation of the high index chalcogenide films on the inner surface of the PCF holes revealed resonances as strong as ~35 dB both in the visible and infrared regime. Temperature measurements indicate that the transmission windows can be tuned with a sensitivity as high as ~3.5 nm/°C. The proposed fiber has potential for all-fiber filtering and temperature sensing.

  20. Selective sensing of alcohols in water influenced by chemically Zeolite coatings on optical fiber sensors

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    Nazari, Marziyeh; Hill, Matthew R.; Duke, Mikel; Sidiroglou, Fotios; Collins, Stephen F.

    2014-05-01

    The application of a MFI type zeolite coating on the end of an optical fiber is presented. Zeolite coatings were directly grown on the freshly cleaved endface of optical fibers. It was found that the produced integrated zeolite-fiber sensors exhibit specific chemical sensitivity towards certain chemicals. The molecular adsorption induced change of zeolite refractive index was studied to understand the sensing mechanisms of the developed sensor system. This work can lead to a new class of portable zeolite thin film enabled miniaturized fiber optic sensors.

  1. Analysis of dispersion in the nano-InP doped fiber

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    Duan, Yu-Wen; Zhang, Ru; Lang, Pei-Lin

    2009-01-01

    We propose that nanomaterials are used for fibers. A novel nano-InP doped fiber has been fabricated by the method of modified chemical vapor deposition (MCVD).It has been measured that the doping concentration of phosphorus element is 0.1%. The relationship between refractive index and the wavelength is obtained by fitting experimental data to Sellmeier equation. Dispersion of the fiber has been calculated in the wavelength range of 1.2-1.6 ?m. As the wavelength varies from 1.20 ?m to 1.60 ?m, dispersion parameter D increases but is always negative. It has been found that the dispersion of nano-InP doped fibers is strongly changed compared with standard single-mode fibers, due to the nano-InP dopant which leads to a higher refractive index difference.

  2. Fiber Bragg grating inscription in optical multicore fibers

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    Becker, Martin; Elsmann, Tino; Lorenz, Adrian; Spittel, Ron; Kobelke, Jens; Schuster, Kay; Rothhardt, Manfred; Latka, Ines; Dochow, Sebastian; Bartelt, Hartmut

    2015-09-01

    Fiber Bragg gratings as key components in telecommunication, fiber lasers, and sensing systems usually rely on the Bragg condition for single mode fibers. In special applications, such as in biophotonics and astrophysics, high light coupling efficiency is of great importance and therefore, multimode fibers are often preferred. The wavelength filtering effect of Bragg gratings in multimode fibers, however is spectrally blurred over a wide modal spectrum of the fiber. With a well-designed all solid multicore microstructured fiber a good light guiding efficiency in combination with narrow spectral filtering effect by Bragg gratings becomes possible.

  3. Fiber Pulling Apparatus

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Workman, Gary L.; Smith, Guy A.; OBrien, Sue; Adcock, Leonard

    1998-01-01

    The fiber optics industry has grown into a multi-billion marketplace that will continue to grow into the 21st century. Optical fiber communications is currently dominated by silica glass technology. Successful efforts to improve upon the low loss transmission characteristics of silica fibers have propelled the technology into the forefront of the communications industry. However, reaching the theoretical transmission capability of silica fiber through improved processing has still left a few application areas in which other fiber systems can provide an influential role due to specific characteristics of high theoretical transmission in the 2 - 3 micron wavelength region. One of the other major materials used for optical fibers is the systems based upon Heavy Metal Fluoride Glass (HMFG). Commercial interest is driven primarily by the potential for low loss repeaterless infrared fibers. An example of the major communications marketplace which would benefit from the long distance repeaterless capability of infrared fibers is the submarine cables which link the continents. When considering commercial interests, optical fiber systems provide a healthy industrial position which continues to expand. Major investments in the systems used for optical fiber communications have continued to increase each year and are predicted to continue well into the next century. Estimates of 8.5% compounded annually are predicted through 1999 for the North American market and 1 1 % worldwide. The growth for the optical fiber cable itself is expected to continue between 44 and 50 per cent of the optical fiber communications budget through 1999. The total budget in 1999 world-wide is expected to be in the neighborhood of $9 billion. Another survey predicts that long haul telecommunications represents 15% of a world-wide fiber optics market in 1998. The actual amount allotted to cable was not specified. However, another market research had predicted that the cable costs alone represents more than 50% of the total budget each year through 1998. A newly emerging activity is the commercial development of doped optical fibers which can be pumped by laser diodes to provide amplification of the communication signals. This technology is newly emerging and will be developed for commercial interests in the United States by Galileo Electro-optical Incorporated in Sturbridge, MA on a license from British Telecom. Long repeaterless communication links provide the biggest stimulus for this technology. As an example of the of the revenues involved in the optical fiber communications 3 industry, the current trade journal lists that for the fiscal years, 1991 - 1994, 185 separate undersea links were established. In addition, another 105 links are planned through 1998. The distribution of revenues involved in the undersea installations is roughly $8.5 billion through 1993 and another $13 billion planned through 1998. A large portion of the future activity (34%) is planned for Southeast Asia and the Pacific Region. Other examples of the commercial utility of optical fiber networks is given in a recent scientific symposium in which the outlook for HMFG infrared fiber was determined to be very bright.Another area of interest lies in the use of fiber optics for laser surgery delivery systems.

  4. Fiber optic spanner

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Black, Bryan; Mohanty, Samarendra

    2011-10-01

    Rotation is a fundamental function in nano/biotechnology and is being useful in a host of applications such as pumping of fluid flow in microfluidic channels for transport of micro/nano samples. Further, controlled rotation of single cell or microscopic object is useful for tomographic imaging. Though conventional microscope objective based laser spanners (based on transfer of spin or orbital angular momentum) have been used in the past, they are limited by the short working distance of the microscope objective. Here, we demonstrate development of a fiber optic spanner for rotation of microscopic objects using single-mode fiber optics. Fiber-optic trapping and simultaneous rotation of pin-wheel structure around axis perpendicular to fiber-optic axis was achieved using the fiber optic spanner. By adjusting the laser beam power, rotation speed of the trapped object and thus the microfluidic flow could be controlled. Since this method does not require special optical or structural properties of the sample to be rotated, three-dimensional rotation of a spherical cell could also be controlled. Further, using the fiber optic spanner, array of red blood cells could be assembled and actuated to generate vortex motion. Fiber optical trapping and spinning will enable physical and spectroscopic analysis of microscopic objects in solution and also find potential applications in lab- on-a-chip devices.

  5. Fiber optic hydrogen sensor

    SciTech Connect

    Buchanan, Bruce R.; Prather, William S.

    1992-01-01

    An apparatus and method for detecting a chemical substance by exposing an optic fiber having a core and a cladding to the chemical substance so that the chemical substance can be adsorbed onto the surface of the cladding. The optic fiber is coiled inside a container having a pair of valves for controlling the entrance and exit of the substance. Light from a light source is received by one end of the optic fiber, preferably external to the container, and carried by the core of the fiber. Adsorbed substance changes the transmissivity of the fiber as measured by a spectrophotometer at the other end, also preferably external to the container. Hydrogen is detected by the absorption of infrared light carried by an optic fiber with a silica cladding. Since the adsorption is reversible, a sensor according to the present invention can be used repeatedly. Multiple positions in a process system can be monitored using a single container that can be connected to each location to be monitored so that a sample can be obtained for measurement, or, alternatively, containers can be placed near each position and the optic fibers carrying the partially-absorbed light can be multiplexed for rapid sequential reading by a single spectrophotometer.

  6. Fiber optic hydrogen sensor

    DOEpatents

    Buchanan, B.R.; Prather, W.S.

    1992-10-06

    An apparatus and method are described for detecting a chemical substance by exposing an optic fiber having a core and a cladding to the chemical substance so that the chemical substance can be adsorbed onto the surface of the cladding. The optic fiber is coiled inside a container having a pair of valves for controlling the entrance and exit of the substance. Light from a light source is received by one end of the optic fiber, preferably external to the container, and carried by the core of the fiber. Adsorbed substance changes the transmissivity of the fiber as measured by a spectrophotometer at the other end, also preferably external to the container. Hydrogen is detected by the absorption of infrared light carried by an optic fiber with a silica cladding. Since the adsorption is reversible, a sensor according to the present invention can be used repeatedly. Multiple positions in a process system can be monitored using a single container that can be connected to each location to be monitored so that a sample can be obtained for measurement, or, alternatively, containers can be placed near each position and the optic fibers carrying the partially-absorbed light can be multiplexed for rapid sequential reading by a single spectrophotometer. 4 figs.

  7. Fiber optic hydrogen sensor

    DOEpatents

    Buchanan, B.R.; Prather, W.S.

    1991-01-01

    Apparatus and method for detecting a chemical substance by exposing an optic fiber having a core and a cladding to the chemical substance so that the chemical substance can be adsorbed onto the surface of the cladding. The optic fiber is coiled inside a container having a pair of valves for controlling the entrance and exit of the substance. Light from a light source is received by one end of the optic fiber, preferably external to the container, and carried by the core of the fiber. Adsorbed substance changes the transmissivity of the fiber as measured by a spectrophotometer at the other end, also preferably external to the container. Hydrogen is detected by the absorption of infrared light carried by an optic fiber with a silica cladding. Since the adsorption is reversible, a sensor according to the present invention can be used repeatedly. Multiple positions in a process system can be monitored using a single container that can be connected to each location to be monitored so that a sample can be obtained for measurement, or, alternatively, containers can be placed near each position and the optic fibers carrying the partially-absorbed light can be multiplexed for rapid sequential reading, by a single spectrophotometer.

  8. Wood-Fiber/High-Density-Polyethylene Composites: Compounding Process

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    reported that the two-step process was better for the manufacturing of air-formed woodWood-Fiber/High-Density-Polyethylene Composites: Compounding Process J. Z. Lu,1 Q. Wu,1 I. I online in Wiley InterScience (www.interscience.wiley.com). ABSTRACT: The compounding process directly

  9. Method of forming composite fiber blends and molding same

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    McMahon, Paul E. (Inventor); Chung, Tai-Shung (Inventor)

    1989-01-01

    The instant invention involves a process used in preparing fibrous tows which may be formed into polymeric plastic composites. The process involves the steps of (a) forming a tow of strong filamentary materials; (b) forming a thermoplastic polymeric fiber; (c) intermixing the two tows; and (d) withdrawing the intermixed tow for further use.

  10. Performance evaluation of fiber Bragg gratings at elevated temperatures

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    Juergens, Jeffrey; Adamovsky, Grigory; Floyd, Bertram

    2004-03-01

    The development of integrated fiber optic sensors for smart propulsion systems demands that the sensors be able to perform in extreme environments. In order to use fiber optic sensors effectively in an extreme environment one must have a thorough understanding of the sensor"s limits and how it responds under various environmental conditions. The sensor evaluation currently involves examining the performance of fiber Bragg gratings at elevated temperatures. Fiber Bragg gratings (FBG) are periodic variations of the refractive index of an optical fiber. These periodic variations allow the FBG to act as an embedded optical filter passing the majority of light propagating through a fiber while reflecting back a narrow band of the incident light. The peak reflected wavelength of the FBG is known as the Bragg wavelength. Since the period and width of the refractive index variation in the fiber determines the wavelengths that are transmitted and reflected by the grating, any force acting on the fiber that alters the physical structure of the grating will change what wavelengths are transmitted and what wavelengths are reflected by the grating. Both thermal and mechanical forces acting on the grating will alter its physical characteristics allowing the FBG sensor to detect both temperature variations and physical stresses, strain, placed upon it. This ability to sense multiple physical forces makes the FBG a versatile sensor. This paper reports on test results of the performance of FBGs at elevated temperatures. The gratings looked at thus far have been either embedded in polymer matrix materials or freestanding with the primary focus of this paper being on the freestanding FBGs. Throughout the evaluation process, various parameters of the FBGs performance were monitored and recorded. These parameters include the peak Bragg wavelength, the power of the Bragg wavelength, and total power returned by the FBG. Several test samples were subjected to identical test conditions to allow for statistical analysis of the data. Test procedures, calibrations, and referencing techniques are presented in the paper along with directions for future research.

  11. Performance Evaluation of Fiber Bragg Gratings at Elevated Temperatures

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    Juergens, Jeffrey; Adamovsky, Grigory; Floyd, Bertram

    2004-01-01

    The development of integrated fiber optic sensors for smart propulsion systems demands that the sensors be able to perform in extreme environments. In order to use fiber optic sensors effectively in an extreme environment one must have a thorough understanding of the sensor s limits and how it responds under various environmental conditions. The sensor evaluation currently involves examining the performance of fiber Bragg gratings at elevated temperatures. Fiber Bragg gratings (FBG) are periodic variations of the refractive index of an optical fiber. These periodic variations allow the FBG to act as an embedded optical filter passing the majority of light propagating through a fiber while reflecting back a narrow band of the incident light. The peak reflected wavelength of the FBG is known as the Bragg wavelength. Since the period and width of the refractive index variation in the fiber determines the wavelengths that are transmitted and reflected by the grating, any force acting on the fiber that alters the physical structure of the grating will change what wavelengths are transmitted and what wavelengths are reflected by the grating. Both thermal and mechanical forces acting on the grating will alter its physical characteristics allowing the FBG sensor to detect both temperature variations and physical stresses, strain, placed upon it. This ability to sense multiple physical forces makes the FBG a versatile sensor. This paper reports on test results of the performance of FBGs at elevated temperatures. The gratings looked at thus far have been either embedded in polymer matrix materials or freestanding with the primary focus of this paper being on the freestanding FBGs. Throughout the evaluation process, various parameters of the FBGs performance were monitored and recorded. These parameters include the peak Bragg wavelength, the power of the Bragg wavelength, and total power returned by the FBG. Several test samples were subjected to identical test conditions to allow for statistical analysis of the data. Test procedures, calibrations, and referencing techniques are presented in the paper along with directions for future research.

  12. Kinetics of stress fibers

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    Stachowiak, Matthew R.; O'Shaughnessy, Ben

    2008-02-01

    Stress fibers are contractile cytoskeletal structures, tensile actomyosin bundles which allow sensing and production of force, provide cells with adjustable rigidity and participate in various processes such as wound healing. The stress fiber is possibly the best characterized and most accessible multiprotein cellular contractile machine. Here we develop a quantitative model of the structure and relaxation kinetics of stress fibers. The principal experimentally known features are incorporated. The fiber has a periodic sarcomeric structure similar to muscle fibers with myosin motor proteins exerting contractile force by pulling on actin filaments. In addition the fiber contains the giant spring-like protein titin. Actin is continuously renewed by exchange with the cytosol leading to a turnover time of several minutes. In order that steady state be possible, turnover must be regulated. Our model invokes simple turnover and regulation mechanisms: actin association and dissociation occur at filament ends, while actin filament overlap above a certain threshold in the myosin-containing regions augments depolymerization rates. We use the model to study stress fiber relaxation kinetics after stimulation, as observed in a recent experimental study where some fiber regions were contractile and others expansive. We find that two distinct episodes ensue after stimulation: the turnover overlap system relaxes rapidly in seconds, followed by the slow relaxation of sarcomere lengths in minutes. For parameter values as they have been characterized experimentally, we find the long time relaxation of sarcomere length is set by the rate at which actin filaments can grow or shrink in response to the forces exerted by the elastic and contractile elements. Consequently, the stress fiber relaxation time scales inversely with both titin spring constant and the intrinsic actin turnover rate. The model's predicted sarcomere velocities and contraction expansion kinetics are in good quantitative agreement with experiment.

  13. Automated fiber pigtailing technology

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    Strand, O. T.; Lowry, M. E.; Lu, S. Y.; Nelson, D. C.; Nikkel, D. J.; Pocha, M. D.; Young, K. D.

    1994-02-01

    The high cost of optoelectronic (OE) devices is due mainly to the labor-intensive packaging process. Manually pigtailing such devices as single-mode laser diodes and modulators is very time consuming with poor quality control. The Photonics Program and the Engineering Research Division at LLNL are addressing several issues associated with automatically packaging OE devices. A furry automated system must include high-precision fiber alignment, fiber attachment techniques, in-situ quality control, and parts handling and feeding. This paper will present on-going work at LLNL in the areas of automated fiber alignment and fiber attachment. For the fiber alignment, we are building an automated fiber pigtailing machine (AFPM) which combines computer vision and object recognition algorithms with active feedback to perform sub-micron alignments of single-mode fibers to modulators and laser diodes. We expect to perform sub-micron alignments in less than five minutes with this technology. For fiber attachment, we are building various geometries of silicon microbenches which include on-board heaters to solder metal-coated fibers and other components in place; these designs are completely compatible with an automated process of OE packaging. We have manually attached a laser diode, a thermistor, and a thermo-electric heater to one of our microbenches in less than 15 minutes using the on-board heaters for solder reflow; an automated process could perform this same exercise in only a few minutes. Automated packaging techniques such as these will help lower the costs of OE devices.

  14. Preparation and characterization of highly thulium- and alumina-doped optical fibers for single-frequency fiber lasers

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    Honzatko, Pavel; Dhar, Anirban; Kasik, Ivan; Podrazky, Ondrej; Matejec, Vlastimil; Peterka, Pavel; Blanc, Wilfried; Dussardier, Bernard

    2012-02-01

    Thulium-doped fibers suitable for core-pumped single-frequency lasers were fabricated by the modified chemical vapor deposition (MCVD) method. Refractive index profile, doping profile and spectral absorption was measured. High doping concentration of thulium ions should be achieved to allow for high absorption of light at a pump wavelength while the thulium ions clustering should be avoided to prevent the cooperative upconversion and quenching processes. The fabricated fibers featured pump absorption up to 70dB/m at a pump wavelength of 1611nm. The single-frequency master oscillator with a resonator composed of a pair of fiber Bragg gratings and a thulium-doped fiber was demonstrated with predominantly single ended operation. We achieved a slope efficiency of 22% and a threshold of 22mW at a lasing wavelength of 1944nm.

  15. Preparation and characterization of highly thulium- and alumina-doped optical fibers for single-frequency fiber lasers

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    Honzatko, Pavel; Kasik, Ivan; Podrazky, Ondrej; Matejec, Vlastimil; Peterka, Pavel; Blanc, Wilfried; Dussardier, Bernard

    2012-01-01

    Thulium-doped fibers suitable for core-pumped single-frequency lasers were fabricated by the modified chemical vapor deposition (MCVD) method. Refractive index profile, doping profile and spectral absorption was measured. High doping concentration of thulium ions should be achieved to allow for high absorption of light at a pump wavelength while the thulium ions clustering should be avoided to prevent the cooperative upconversion and quenching processes. The fabricated fibers featured pump absorption up to 70dB/m at a pump wavelength of 1611nm. The single-frequency master oscillator with a resonator composed of a pair of fiber Bragg gratings and a thulium-doped fiber was demonstrated with predominantly single ended operation. We achieved a slope efficiency of 22% and a threshold of 22mW at a lasing wavelength of 1944nm.

  16. Preparation and characterization of highly thulium- and alumina-doped optical fibers for single-frequency fiber lasers

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    Honzatko, Pavel; Dhar, Anirban; Kasik, Ivan; Podrazky, Ondrej; Matejec, Vlastimil; Peterka, Pavel; Blanc, Wilfried; Dussardier, Bernard

    2011-09-01

    Thulium-doped fibers suitable for core-pumped single-frequency lasers were fabricated by the modified chemical vapor deposition (MCVD) method. Refractive index profile, doping profile and spectral absorption was measured. High doping concentration of thulium ions should be achieved to allow for high absorption of light at a pump wavelength while the thulium ions clustering should be avoided to prevent the cooperative upconversion and quenching processes. The fabricated fibers featured pump absorption up to 70dB/m at a pump wavelength of 1611nm. The single-frequency master oscillator with a resonator composed of a pair of fiber Bragg gratings and a thulium-doped fiber was demonstrated with predominantly single ended operation. We achieved a slope efficiency of 22\\% and a threshold of 22mW at a lasing wavelength of 1944nm.

  17. Step-step interactions on GaAs (110) nanopatterns

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    Galiana, B.; Benedicto, M.; Tejedor, P.

    2013-01-14

    The step-step interactions on vicinal GaAs (110) surface patterns have been extracted from the quantitative analysis of the terrace width distribution (TWD). We have specifically studied the interactions in near-equilibrium faceting and kinetics-driven step bunching and meandering formed by spontaneous self-organization or through the modification of GaAs growth kinetics by atomic hydrogen. We show that the experimental TWDs determined from atomic force microscopy measurements can be accurately described by a weighed sum of a generalized Wigner distribution and several Gaussians. The results of our calculations indicate that straight facets are formed during high temperature homoepitaxy due to attractive interactions between [110] steps. At low temperatures, steady state attractive interactions in [110] step bunches are preceded by a transition regime dominated by entropic and energetic repulsions between meandering [11n]-type steps (n {>=} 2), whose population density exceeds that of the [110] bunched steps. In addition, it has been found that atomic H reduces the attractive interactions between [110] bunched steps and enhances entropic and dipole-induced energetic repulsions between H-terminated [11n] steps through the inhibition of As-As bond formation at step edges. Our analysis has evidenced a correlation between the value of the adjustable parameter that accounts in our model for the specific weight of the secondary peaks in the TWD ({beta}) and the extent of transverse meandering on the vicinal surface.

  18. One-step microlithography

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    Kahlen, Franz-Josef; Sankaranarayanan, Srikanth; Kar, Aravinda

    1997-09-01

    Subject of this investigation is a one-step rapid machining process to create miniaturized 3D parts, using the original sample material. An experimental setup where metal powder is fed to the laser beam-material interaction region has been built. The powder is melted and forms planar, 2D geometries as the substrate is moved under the laser beam in XY- direction. After completing the geometry in the plane, the substrate is displaced in Z-direction, and a new layer of material is placed on top of the just completed deposit. By continuous repetition of this process, 3D parts wee created. In particular, the impact of the focal spot size of the high power laser beam on the smallest achievable structures was investigated. At a translation speed of 51 mm/s a minimum material thickness of 590 micrometers was achieved. Also, it was shown that a small Z-displacement has a negligible influence on the continuity of the material deposition over this power range. A high power CO2 laser was used as energy source, the material powder under investigation was stainless steel SS304L. Helium was used as shield gas at a flow rate of 15 1/min. The incident CO2 laser beam power was varied between 300 W and 400 W, with the laser beam intensity distribute in a donut mode. The laser beam was focused to a focal diameter of 600 (Mu) m.

  19. STEP and fundamental physics

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    Overduin, James; Everitt, Francis; Worden, Paul; Mester, John

    2012-09-01

    The Satellite Test of the Equivalence Principle (STEP) will advance experimental limits on violations of Einstein's equivalence principle from their present sensitivity of two parts in 1013 to one part in 1018 through multiple comparison of the motions of four pairs of test masses of different compositions in a drag-free earth-orbiting satellite. We describe the experiment, its current status and its potential implications for fundamental physics. Equivalence is at the heart of general relativity, our governing theory of gravity and violations are expected in most attempts to unify this theory with the other fundamental interactions of physics, as well as in many theoretical explanations for the phenomenon of dark energy in cosmology. Detection of such a violation would be equivalent to the discovery of a new force of nature. A null result would be almost as profound, pushing upper limits on any coupling between standard-model fields and the new light degrees of freedom generically predicted by these theories down to unnaturally small levels.

  20. Lab-in-fiber platform for plasmonic photothermal study

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    Yong, Derrick; Lee, Elizabeth; Ng, Wei Long; Yu, Xia; Chan, Chi Chiu

    2013-03-01

    A lab-in-fiber platform, comprising a photonic crystal fiber component for light-sample interaction, was experimentally demonstrated to be effective as a sensor and micro-reactor. Specifically, it enabled the discrimination between free and liposome-encapsulated fluorophores as well as allowed for the excitation of in-fiber plasmonic photothermal effects, by alternating between different fiber-coupled inputs. The significant increase in fluorescence emissions upon release of fluorophores, encapsulated within liposomes at self-quenching concentrations, was perceived as a shoulder in the device's spectral output that otherwise only comprises the input excitation. Markedly, the observed shoulder was only discernible when the photonic crystal fiber was placed in a bent orientation. This was explained to be associated with the bending-induced refractive index profile changes in the fiber cross section that led to increased amounts of evanescent fields for light-sample interactions. Results highlighted the viability of the lab-in-fiber platform as an alternative to current lab-on-a-chip devices.