Single-Mode Optical Fiber For High-Power, Low-Loss UV Transmission
Daniel H. Slichter, Yves Colombe, Andrew C. Wilson, Dietrich G. Leibfried, David J. Wineland
We report large-mode-area solid-core photonic crystal fibers made from fused silica which resist UV solarization even at relatively high optical powers. Using a process of hydrogen loading and UV irradiation of the fibers, we demonstrate stable single-mode transmission for output powers of 10 mW at 280 nm and 125 mW at 313 nm (limited only by the available laser power) over hundreds of hours. Fiber attenuation ranges from 0.87 dB/m to 0.13 dB/m at these wavelengths, and is unaffected by bending for bend radii above 50 mm.