Polishing of optical fibers using a CO2 laser

Orun H., Udrea M., Alacakir A.

6th Symposium on Optoelectronics (SIOEL'99), BUCHAREST, Romania, 22 - 24 September 1999, vol.4068, pp.570-575 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 4068
  • Doi Number: 10.1117/12.378727
  • Country: Romania
  • Page Numbers: pp.570-575
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: No


A new application of glass surface treatment is presented here. Fine polishing of optical fiber end core/cladding surface, is performed. A small power monomode longitudinal 10 W cw CO2 laser is used. A decrease of the roughness from about 5 microns to hundreds of nanometres was achieved The microstructure of the surfaces has been studied using atomic force microscopy. Applications of polished fiber surfaces are given.