Polymers 2011, 3(3), 1162-1180; doi:10.3390/polym3031162
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Polymer-Optical-Fiber Lasers and Amplifiers Doped with Organic Dyes

1 ETSI de Bilbao, Departamento de Electrónica y Telecomunicaciones, Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU), Alda. Urquijo s/n, 48013 Bilbao, Spain 2 ETSI de Bilbao, Departamento de Matemática Aplicada, Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU), Alda. Urquijo s/n, 48013 Bilbao, Spain 3 ETSI de Bilbao, Departamento de Física Aplicada I, Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU), Alda. Urquijo s/n, 48013 Bilbao, Spain
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Received: 16 June 2011; in revised form: 12 July 2011 / Accepted: 22 July 2011 / Published: 25 July 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Polymers for Optical Applications)
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Abstract: Polymer optical fibers (POFs) doped with organic dyes can be used to make efficient lasers and amplifiers due to the high gains achievable in short distances. This paper analyzes the peculiarities of light amplification in POFs through some experimental data and a computational model capable of carrying out both power and spectral analyses. We investigate the emission spectral shifts and widths and on the optimum signal wavelength and pump power as functions of the fiber length, the fiber numerical aperture and the radial distribution of the dopant. Analyses for both step-index and graded-index POFs have been done.
Keywords: polymer optical fiber; amplifier; laser; dye distribution; numerical aperture; rhodamine B

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Arrue, J.; Jiménez, F.; Ayesta, I.; Illarramendi, M.A.; Zubia, J. Polymer-Optical-Fiber Lasers and Amplifiers Doped with Organic Dyes. Polymers 2011, 3, 1162-1180.

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Arrue J, Jiménez F, Ayesta I, Illarramendi MA, Zubia J. Polymer-Optical-Fiber Lasers and Amplifiers Doped with Organic Dyes. Polymers. 2011; 3(3):1162-1180.

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Arrue, Jon; Jiménez, Felipe; Ayesta, Igor; Illarramendi, M. Asunción; Zubia, Joseba. 2011. "Polymer-Optical-Fiber Lasers and Amplifiers Doped with Organic Dyes." Polymers 3, no. 3: 1162-1180.

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