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Controlling the Properties of Microstructured Plastic Optical Fiber Bragg Gratings using Acousto-Optic Excitation

Marques, C. ; Bilro, L. ; Khan, L. ; Oliveira, R.A. ; Webb, D. J. ; Nogueira, R.N.

Controlling the Properties of Microstructured Plastic Optical Fiber Bragg Gratings using Acousto-Optic Excitation, Proc IEEE Photonics Global Conf. - PGC , Singapore, Singapore, Vol. Procedings, pp. - , December, 2012.

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Abstract
A fine control of the mPOF Bragg grating spectrum properties, such as maximum reflected power and 3dB bandwidth, through acousto-optic modulation (AOM) using flexural regime is presented. A numerical comparison of the strain field along mPOFBG–AOM and the similar structure with SMFBG-AOM was presented, showing that the strain field amplitude is higher along the mPOFBG due to its smaller mechanical stiffness. The obtained results can be used in the development of fine-tuned optical filters using low voltage sources and low frequency regimes, to obtain tunable optical filters and to control the shape of the spectrum. Studies of the behavior in different gratings (such as phase shifted and long period gratings) for photonic applications, such as tunable notch filters or tunable cavities, are in progress. It can potentially be applied on tunable optical filters for POF transmission.