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Fiber Optic Coil - Fabrication and Characterization
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The goal is to develop a device which periodically couples a pump signal to a signal propagating within a fiber such that the highest amount of optical gain is observed. This idea is based off the proposition that using some form of pump signal will positively contribute to the signal strength within the core of an active fiber configured in a circular coiled arrangement. Initial testing will include measuring the decibel losses of fiber coils as a function of the number of turns, and then using this gathered data to determine the optimal range of wavelengths, for propagation to accept pumping. However, we are still in the process of determining what fiber materials and geometries are most appropriate to use for the above described application. If the idea of a fiber embedded cylinder proves to be sufficient model for boosting the signal within the fiber core, its application lies in a variety of fields and devices within electrical engineering, potentially as a resonator, but more likely as an amplifier utilizing a separate pump source to provide external power to an active fiber optic line. Given the result of the successful development of such embedded cylinders, further studies will likely include systems of such devices and an examination into which other fields these cylinders and corresponding systems can be applied.
SubjectFiber Optics, Photonics
Barber, Louis William (2017). Fiber Optic Coil - Fabrication and Characterization. Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. Available electronically from