Efect of thermal annealing on mid infrared transmission in semiconductor alloy core glass cladded fibers
Advanced Fiber Materials
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We report a study investigating the effects of thermal annealing on the optical properties of Si-Ge alloy-core silica-cladded fibers. Low temperature fiber draw was performed with a laboratory-made draw tower at 1760 °C that minimizes impurity diffusion from cladding to the core. As a post-drawing process, Si–Ge core fibers were annealed in a box furnace to alter the core structure. Microstructural and optical properties of fibers were investigated, and transmission losses were measured as 28 dB/cm at 6.1 µm. Numerical studies were performed to analyze the experimental results and to find the optimum structure for low loss semiconductor-core glass-cladded fibers.