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Fiber Fuse

Light-Induced Continuous Breakdown of Silica Glass Optical Fiber


Part of the NIMS Monographs book series (NIMSM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Shin-ichi Todoroki
    Pages 1-16
  3. Shin-ichi Todoroki
    Pages 17-24
  4. Shin-ichi Todoroki
    Pages 25-35
  5. Shin-ichi Todoroki
    Pages 49-50
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 51-58

About this book


This book describes the fiber fuse phenomenon that causes a serious problem for the present optical communication systems. High-power light often brings about catastrophic damage to optical devices. Silica glass optical fibers with ultralow transmission loss are not the exception. A fiber fuse appears in a heated region of the fiber cable delivering a few watts of light and runs toward the light source destroying its core region. Understanding this phenomenon is a necessary first step in the development of future optical communication systems. This book provides supplementary videos and photographs to help understand what occurs in the fiber, including the classification of its propagation mode and self-pumping effect. These findings are good references for other optical devices exposed to ultrahigh-power light such as laser emitters.


Fiber Fuse Phenomenon Fiber Fuse Propagation Fiber Fuse in Silica Glass Fibers High-speed Videography of Fiber Fuse Laser-induced Breakdown Phenomena Optical Communication Systems Self-pumping Effect during Fiber Fuse Propagation Single-mode Optical Fiber

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.National Institute for Materials ScienceTsukubaJapan

About the authors

Todoroki Shin-ichi
Photonic Materials Unit, National Institute for Materials Science, Ibaraki, Japan.

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