13 May 1997 Comparative evaluation of fiber fuse models
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A phenomenon which results in the catastrophic destruction of the guiding properties of an optical fiber has been observed at laser power densities 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 start when the end of the fiber is contacted. It has also been initiated spontaneously from mechanical splices. This paper reports experimental data gathered on the fiber fuse, and discusses their relationship to proposed physical mechanisms.
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Donald D. Davis, Donald D. Davis, Stephen C. Mettler, Stephen C. Mettler, David J. DiGiovanni, David J. DiGiovanni, } "Comparative evaluation of fiber fuse models", Proc. SPIE 2966, Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials: 1996, (13 May 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.274220; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.274220


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