TITLE

Improving a high-resolution fiber-optic interferometer through deposition of a TiO2 reflective coating by simple dip-coating

AUTHOR(S)
Subba-Rao, Venkatesh; Sudakar, Chandran; Esmacher, Jason; Pantea, Mircea; Naik, Ratna; Hoffmann, Peter M.
PUB. DATE
November 2009
SOURCE
Review of Scientific Instruments;Nov2009, Vol. 80 Issue 11, p115104
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Fiber-optic based interferometers are used to detect small displacements, down to the subnanometer range. Coating the end of the optical fiber with a partially reflecting thin film greatly improves the resolution of interferometers by increasing the multiple reflections between the fiber end and the measured object. In this work, we present a quick and easy thin film deposition technique to coat the end of a single optical fiber by dip-coating a metal-organic precursor, which is then decomposed in a propane flame. The coated fiber was tested for morphology and usefulness for interferometric application. We found that this coating technique is much faster and easier than conventional thin coating techniques, and yields results that are comparable or better than can be achieved with sputtering or thermal evaporation.
ACCESSION #
45515530

 

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