Low cost heat-and-pull rig for manufacturing adiabatic optical fiber tapers
Keywords:optical fiber, tapering, adiabaticity, sensors
In this paper we report the fabrication of adiabatic tapered optical fbers using a low cost heat-and-pull rig. Our setup is based on the ﬂame-brushing technique moving in zigzag, where an inexpensive and simple portable gas micro-torch is used as heating device. Since this method does not require an electronic system to control the gas ﬂow rate, makes out taper rig an attractive alternative, low-cost, and trivial to implement. The feasibility of such a heat source is shown with the manufacture of low-loss tapers (<0.12 dB/mm) and diameters in the micro range.
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