Effects induced by 4.7 eV UV laser irradiation on pure silica core multimode optical fibers investigated by in situ optical absorption measurements
- Autori: Messina, F.; Comandé, F.; Cannas, M.
- Anno di pubblicazione: 2011
- Tipologia: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
- Parole Chiave: Optical fiber; UV-irradiation; in-situ absorption
- OA Link: http://hdl.handle.net/10447/73494
We investigated by in situ optical absorption measurements the effects induced by 4.7 eV UV laser irradiation on pure silica core optical fibers. Laser irradiation with 100 MWcm−2 laser intensity generates in the fiber E′ centers which partially decay after irradiation due to their reaction with diffusing H2. An absorption band peaked at 5.3 eV is observed to grow in the post-irradiation stage with a kinetics anti-correlated to the decay of the 5.8 eV band of the E′ centers. The defect absorbing at 5.3 eV is proposed to be formed by trapping on pre-existing precursors of hydrogen atoms made available by breaking of H2 on E′.We also show by repeated irradiation experiments that the 5.3 eV-absorbing center is photochemically destroyed by 4.7 eV laser light, and we estimate the cross section of this process. Possible structural models for this defect are discussed.