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Acousto-Optic Effect in Microstructured Polymer Fiber Bragg Gratings: Simulation and Experimental Overview

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

Journal of Lightwave Technology Vol. 31, Nº 10, pp. 1551 - 1558, May, 2013.

ISSN (print): 0733-8724
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Scimago Journal Ranking: 1,62 (in 2013)

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1109/JLT.2013.2254110

A fine control of the microstructured polymer fiber Bragg grating spectrum properties, such as maximum reflected power and 3-dB bandwidth, through acousto-optic modulation is presented. For simulation purposes, the device is modelled as a single structure, comprising a silica horn and a fiber Bragg grating. For similar sized structures a good correlation between the numerical results and the experimental data is obtained, allowing the strain field to be completely characterized along the whole structure. It is also shown that the microstructured polymer fiber Bragg grating requires less effort from the piezoelectric actuator to produce modification in the grating spectrum when compared with a silica fiber Bragg grating. This technique has potential to be applied on tunable optical filters and tunable cavities for photonic applications.