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27 May 1996 Experimental data on the fiber fuse
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A phenomenon which results in the catastrophic destruction of an optical fiber core has been observed at laser powers on the order of 3 X 106 watts/cm2 in the core. This phenomenon is characterized by the propagation of a bright visible light from the point of initiation toward the laser source. The term `fiber fuse' has been used because of the similarity in appearance to a burning fuse. The fiber fuse has been shown to occur when the end of the fiber is contacted, and it has also initiated spontaneously from splices and in-core fiber gratings. This paper will report experimental data gathered on the nature of the fiber fuse, and will discuss their relevance to the mechanisms which have been proposed to date.
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Donald D. Davis Jr., Stephen C. Mettler, and David J. DiGiovanni "Experimental data on the fiber fuse", Proc. SPIE 2714, 27th Annual Boulder Damage Symposium: Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 1995, (27 May 1996);


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