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Measurement of Optical Fiber Bandwidth in the Frequency Domain

Description: Abstract: The design, evaluation, and performance of a system for determining the magnitude of the transfer function (hence, the bandwidth) of a multimode optical fiber are presented. The system operates to about 1450 MHz using a tracking generator/spectrum analyzer combination for narrowband detection. It is constructed, almost entirely, from commercially available components. The system is less complex and easier to use than an equivalent time domain system and the measurement precision is comparable. Background information on time and frequency domain specifications, fiber bandwidth limitations, and alternate frequency domain techniques is also presented.
Date: September 1981
Creator: Day, G. W.
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The Characterization of Optical Fiber Waveguides: A Bibliography with Abstracts, 1970-1980

Description: Abstract: This bibliography contains approximately 450 citations of papers concerning the characterization of optical fiber waveguides. Papers from scientific journals, trade journals and conferences are included along with book chapters. The citations of organized by parameter measured and measurement method. Where published abstracts are available they are included.
Date: June 1981
Creator: Day, G. W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Fault warning device using fiber-optic partial discharge sensor for prevention of destructive arc faults in metal-clad electrical switchgear and bus. [Semiannual report, May 1 - October 31, 1999]

Description: Progress made and problems encountered so far is discussed with reference to the Statement of Work which was submitted as part of the grant application. This work plan breaks down the project into fourteen numbered tasks grouped into three phases: Development of Improved Sensor Materials (Phase 1), Laboratory Testing of Improved Prototype on 15 kV Switchgear (Phase 2),and Field Testing of Beta Prototype and Start of Commercialization (Phase 3).
Date: December 2, 1999
Creator: Forsyth, Keith W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Photonic Power Delivery Through Optical Fiber Using Very High Power Laser Diode Arrays

Description: Described is a system that will provide isolated electric power for a circuit that drives the core reset of a pulsed power modulator. This can be accomplished by coupling light from a number of diode laser bars to bundles of 200 um multimode optical fibers. This is then coupled to photo-voltaic power converters that will deliver 16 V 29mA of electricity from 1 watt of optical power. Spot size at the bundle face is a Gausian ellipse with a major axis of 1.4 mm radius and a minor axis of four bundles of 12 fibers generating a total of 24 W of electrical power. Various schemes are used to maximize coupling into the optical filber while limiting the number of optical components, and comparing components such as fresnel and aspheric lenses and lens ducts for effectiveness and cost. This will provide a completely isolated low power source for high voltage, high current environments where tradional isolation techniques yield inadequate isolation or prove too cumbersome.
Date: May 1, 1999
Creator: Heino, Matthew & Saethre, Robert
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Compact, low-crosstalk, WDM filter elements for multimode ribbon fiber data links

Description: We have been developing the optical components for a source-routed wavelength division multiplexed (WDM) computer interconnect fabric that uses multi-mode fiber ribbon cable as the transmission medium. We are developing wavelength selectable VCSEL transmitters, interference filters, and a compact broadcast element. Here we report on key results from our interference filter development activities. Our WDM filter approach is based upon post-market machining of the commercially available molded plastic �MT� fiber ribbon connector. We use III-IV semiconductors grown by MBE or MOCVD as the filter materials. The high indices of our thin film materials enable us to use multimode fiber and maintain narrow passbands without the need for micro-optics. We have fabricated both 2-port and 3-port devices based upon this approach. Our current work focuses on 2-port WDM filters suitable for a broadcast and select architecture. Our single-cavity Fabry- Perot (FP) filters have demonstrated insertion losses of < 2 dB for 4 nm passbands. The maximum crosstalk suppression for the single-cavity FP filters is 18dB To improve crosstalk suppression beyond that attainable with the Lorentzian lineshapes of the single-cavity FP we have investigated some multiple-cavity Fabry-Perot (MC-FP) designs which have a spectral response with a flatter top and sharper passband edges. Filter passband edge sharpness can be quantified by the ratio of the filter 3 dB bandwidth to 18 dB bandwidth This ratio is 0.48 for our multi-cavity filter, three times sharper than the single-cavity FP devices. This device provides a 5 nm tolerance window for component wavelength variations (at 1 dB excess loss) and is suitable for 10 nm channel spacing with 23 dB crosstalk suppression between adjacent channels. The average insertion loss for the MC-l? devices is 1.6 dB. (Average of insertion losses for the 12 fibers in a filter module.) Our current MC-FP filters have a 3-dB width ...
Date: January 1, 1999
Creator: Deri, R J; Emanuel, M A; Garrett, H H; Krol, D M; Larson, M Pocha, M D; Lowry, M E et al.
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Propagation of 2.5 Gb/s Asynchronous, Concurrent, Optical CDMA Signals Through a 214 Kilometer Fiber Optic Link

Description: The propagation of optical Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) signals was studied by computer simulation. Group velocity dispersion produces the worst impairment. With dispersion management, the decoder successfully recovers the signals, even in the presence of severe multi-access interference.
Date: March 16, 2000
Creator: Mendez, A.J.; Feng, H.X.C.; Heritage, J.P.; Morookian, J. & Gagliardi, R.M.
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Description: An optical fiber-based frequency and timing distribution system based on the principle of heterodyne interferometry has been in development at LBNL for several years. The fiber drift corrector has evolved from an RF-based to an optical-based system, from mechanical correctors (piezo and optical trombone) to fully electronic, and the electronics from analog to fully digital, all using inexpensive off-the-shelf commodity fiber components. Short-term optical phase jitter and long-term phase drift are both in the femtosecond range over distribution paths of 2 km or more.
Date: October 17, 2009
Creator: Staples, J.W.; Byrd, J.; Doolittle, L.; Huang, G. & Wilcox, R.
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Measurement of the hybrid photodiode response - Fiber optic window

Description: The hybrid photodiode (HPD[1]) will be used for the CMS HCAL readout [2]. A fiber-optic front window is used to reduce optical cross-talk between the pixels of the multi-pixel HPD�s. A mismatch of numerical aperture between optical fibers carrying light to the HPD window and the fibers composing the fiber-optic front window of the HPD could lead to light loss. The light loss would appear as a reduced effective quantum efficiency of the device. The goal of this set of measurements was to see if there was in fact a reduction in the effective quantum efficiency of the HPD�s.
Date: January 1, 1999
Creator: Ronzhin, A.; Green, D.; Freeman, J. & Barbaro, P. de
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Description: This quarterly report documents significant achievements in the Enhanced Practical Photosynthetic CO{sub 2} Mitigation project during the period from 1/03/2001 through 4/02/2001. Many of the activities and accomplishments are continuations of work initiated and reported in last quarter's status report. Major activities and accomplishments for this quarter include: Three sites in Yellowstone National Park have been identified that may contain suitable organisms for use in a bioreactor; Full-scale culturing of one thermophilic organism from Yellowstone has progressed to the point that there is a sufficient quantity to test this organism in the model-scale bioreactor; The effects of the additive monoethanolamine on the growth of one thermophilic organism from Yellowstone has been tested; Testing of growth surface adhesion and properties is continuing; Construction of a larger model-scale bioreactor to improve and expand testing capabilities is completed and the facility is undergoing proof tests; Model-scale bioreactor tests examining the effects of CO{sub 2} concentration levels and lighting levels on organism growth rates are continuing; Alternative fiber optic based deep-penetration light delivery systems for use in the pilot-scale bioreactor have been designed, constructed and tested; An existing slug flow reactor system has been modified for use in this project, and a proof-of-concept test plan has been developed for the slug flow reactor; Research and testing of water-jet harvesting techniques is continuing, and a harvesting system has been designed for use in the model-scale bioreactor; and The investigation of comparative digital image analysis as a means for determining the ''density'' of algae on a growth surface is continuing Plans for next quarter's work and an update on the project's web page are included in the conclusions.
Date: April 16, 2001
Creator: Bayless, Dr. David J.; Vis, Dr. Morgan; Kremer, Dr. Gregory; Prudich, Dr. Michael; Cooksey, Dr. Keith & Muhs, Dr. Jeff
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Description: This RD&amp;D project is a three year team effort to develop a hybrid solar lighting (HSL) system that transports day light from a paraboloidal dish concentrator to a luminaire via a large core polymer fiber optic. The luminaire can be a device to distribute sunlight into a space for the production of algae or it can be a device that is a combination of day lighting and fluorescent lighting for office lighting. In this project, the sunlight is collected using a one-meter paraboloidal concentrator dish with two-axis tracking. The secondary mirror consists of eight planar-segmented mirrors that direct the visible part of the spectrum to eight fibers (receiver) and subsequently to eight luminaires. This results in about 8,200 lumens incident at each fiber tip. Each fiber can illuminate about 16.7 m{sup 2} (180 ft{sup 2}) of office space. The IR spectrum is directed to a thermophotovoltaic array to produce electricity. This report describes eleven investigations on various aspects of the system. Taken as a whole, they confirm the technical feasibility of this technology.
Date: September 1, 2002
Creator: Wood, Byard D. & Muhs, Jeff D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Testing of optical components to assure performance in a high acerage power environment

Description: Evaluation and testing of the optical components used in the Atomic Vapor Laser Isotope Separation (AVLIS) plant is critical for qualification of suppliers, development of new optical multilayer designs and monufacturing processes, and assurance of performance in the production cycle. The range of specifications requires development of specialized test equipment and methods which are not routine or readily available in industry. Specifications are given on material characteristics such as index homogeneity, subsurface damage left after polishing, microscopic surface defects and contamination, coating absorption, and high average power laser damage. The approach to testing these performance characteristics and assuring the quality throughout the production cycle is described.
Date: June 24, 1997
Creator: Chow, R.; Taylor, J.R.; Eickelberg, W.K. & Primdahl, K.A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Production and preliminary testing of multianalyte imaging sensor arrays

Description: This report covers the production and preliminary testing of fiber optic sensors that contain a discrete array of analyte specific sensors on their distal ends. The development of the chemistries associated with this technology is covered elsewhere.
Date: November 1, 1994
Creator: Richards, J.B.; Brown, S.B.; Milanovich, F.P.; Healey, B.G.; Chadha, S. & Walt, D.R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

DNA sequencing by multiple capillaries that form a waveguide

Description: A 12-capillary prototype electrophoresis system for DNA sequencing has been constructed. Laser illumination is introduced into an optical waveguide that is formed by an array of individual capillaries that serve both as the optical elements of the periodic array and as the channels containing sieving media for electrophoresis. A theoretical framework and experimental data will be presented to illustrate the viability of this approach.
Date: May 1, 1997
Creator: Dhadwal, S.H.; Quesada, M.A. & Studier, F.W.
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The CEBAF fiber optic phase reference system

Description: The specified phase stability of the CEBAF RF distribution system is 2.9{degree} rms per linac. Stability is achieved through the use of a temperature and pressure regulated coaxial drive line. Purpose of the fiber optic phase reference system is to monitor the relative phase at the beginning and ending of this drive line, between linacs, injector and separator to determine drift due to ambient temperature fluctuations. The system utilizes an Ortel 1310 nm single mode laser driving Sumitumo optical fiber to distribute a reference signal at 1497 MHz. Phase of this reference signal is compared to the 1427 MHz (LO) and the 70 MHz (IF) via a 360{degree} phase detector. The detected information is then routed to the CEBAF control system for display with a specified resolution of {+-}0.2{degree} over a 20{degree} phase delta.
Date: December 31, 1995
Creator: Crawford, K.; Simrock, S.; Hovater, C. & Krycuk, A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Current trends in the packaging of photonic devices

Description: Optoelectronic and photonic devices hold great promise for high data-rate communication and computing. Their wide implementation was limited first by the device technologies and now suffers due to the need for high-precision packaging that is mass-produced. The use of photons as a medium of communication and control implies a unique set of packaging constraints that are highly driven by the need for micron and even sub-micron alignments between photonic devices and their transmission media. Current trends in optoelectronic device packaging are reviewed and future directions are identified both for free-space (3-dimensional) and guided-wave (2-dimensional) photonics. Emphasis will be placed on the special needs generated by increasing levels of device integration.
Date: April 1, 1995
Creator: Carson, R.F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Thin-film silica sol-gels doped with ion responsive fluorescent lipid bilayers

Description: A metal ion sensitive, fluorescent lipid-b i layer material (5oA PSIDA/DSPC) was successfully immobilized in a silica matrix using a tetramethoxysilane (TMOS) sol-gel procedure. The sol-gel immobilization method was quantitative in the entrapment of seif-assembled Iipid-bilayers and yielded thin films for facile configuration to optical fiber piatforms. The silica matrix was compatible with the solvent sensitive lipid bilayers and provided physical stabilization as well as biological protection. Immobilization in the silica sol-gel produced an added benefit of improving the bilayer's metal ion sensitivity by up to two orders of magnitude. This enhanced performance was attributed to a preconcentrator effect from the anionic surface of the silica matrix. Thin gels (193 micron thickness) were coupled to a bifurcated fiber optic bundle to produce a metal ion sensor probe. Response times of 10 - 15 minutes to 0.1 M CUCIZ were realized with complete regeneration of the sensor using an ethylenediarninetetraacetic acid (EDTA) solution.
Date: January 12, 1999
Creator: Sasaki, D.Y.; Shea, L.E. & Sinclair, M.B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Fiber optic communication in borehole applications

Description: The Telemetry Technology Development Department have, in support of the Advanced Geophysical Technology Department and the Oil Recovery Technology Partnership, developed a fiber optic communication capability for use in borehole applications. This environment requires the use of packaging and component technologies to operate at high temperature (up to 175{degrees}C) and survive rugged handling. Fiber optic wireline technology has been developed by The Rochester Corporation under contract to Sandia National Labs and produced a very rugged, versatile wireline cable. This development has utilized commercial fiber optic component technologies and demonstrated their utility in extreme operating environments.
Date: April 1, 1997
Creator: Franco, R.J. & Morgan, J.R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cascaded wavelength division multiplexing for byte-wide optical interconnects

Description: We demonstrate a wavelength division multiplexing approach for byte-wide optical interconnects over multimode fiber optic ribbon cable using filters based on common plastic ferrules. A dual wavelength link with eight cascaded filter stages exhibits bit error rates {le}l0{sup -l4}.
Date: November 17, 1997
Creator: Deri, R. J.; Garrett, H. E.; Germelos, S.; Haigh,R. E.; Henderer, B. D.; Lowry, M. E. et al.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Ghost analysis visualization techniques for complex systems: examples from the NIF Final Optics Assembly

Description: The stray light or �ghost� analysis of the National Ignition Facility�s (NIP) Final Optics Assembly (FOA) has proved to be one of the most complex ghost analyses ever attempted. The NIF FOA consists of a bundle of four beam lines that: 1) provides the vacuum seal to the target chamber, 2) converts l(omega) to 3(omega) light, 3) focuses the light on the target, 4) separates a fraction of the 3(omega) beam for energy diagnostics, 5) separates the three wavelengths to diffract unwanted 1(omega) & 2(omega) light away from the target, 6) provides spatial beam smoothing, and 7) provides a debris barrier between the target chamber and the switchyard mirrors. The three wavelengths of light and seven optical elements with three diffractive optic surfaces generate three million ghosts through 4<sup>th</sup> order. Approximately 24,000 of these ghosts have peak fluence exceeding 1 J/cm<sup>2</sup>. The shear number of ghost paths requires a visualization method that allows overlapping ghosts on optics and mechanical components to be summed and then mapped to the optical and mechanical component surfaces in 3D space. This paper addresses the following aspects of the NIF Final Optics Ghost analysis: 1) materials issues for stray light mitigation, 2) limitations of current software tools (especially in modeling diffractive optics), 3) computer resource limitations affecting automated coherent raytracing, 4) folding the stray light analysis into the opto-mechanical design process, 5) analysis and visualization tools from simple hand calculations to specialized stray light analysis computer codes, and 6) attempts at visualizing these ghosts using a CAD model and another using a high end data visualization software approach.
Date: June 26, 1998
Creator: Beer, G. K.; Hendrix, J. L.; Rowe, J. & Schweyen, J.
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