The inscription of fibre Bragg gratings using infrared femtosecond laser offers a number of advantages over conventional methods based on UV inscription. The refractive index modification in femtosecond inscription is independent on defect formation and therefore should not experiment the defect-related thermal decay of UV inscribed gratings. In this paper, the response to thermal annealing of fiber Bragg gratings inscribed using a tightly focussed femtosecond laser is investigated. Experimental results reveal a vastly improve thermal stability compared to gratings inscribed using conventional methods based on UV light. Erasure was not observed until temperatures in the range between 900°C and 1000°. These devices are therefore particularly suited to work in hostile environments and as high temperature sensors.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Proceedings of SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering|
|Publication status||Published - 15 Nov 2005|
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- Femtosecond inscription
- Fiber Bragg gratings
- Thermal annealing