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Polymers 2017, 9(3), 90; doi:10.3390/polym9030090

Optical Characterization of Doped Thermoplastic and Thermosetting Polymer-Optical-Fibers

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Department of Applied Mathematics, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Engineering School of Bilbao, Plaza Ingeniero Torres Quevedo, 1, E-48013 Bilbao, Spain
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Department of Applied Physics I, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Engineering School of Bilbao, Plaza Ingeniero Torres Quevedo, 1, E-48013 Bilbao, Spain
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Department of Communications Engineering, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Engineering School of Bilbao, Plaza Ingeniero Torres Quevedo, 1, E-48013 Bilbao, Spain
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Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University, 3-14-1 Hiyoshi, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama 223-0061, Japan
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Academic Editors: Mohamed Khayet and Alexander Böker
Received: 25 November 2016 / Revised: 22 February 2017 / Accepted: 1 March 2017 / Published: 4 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Polymeric Fibers)
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Abstract

The emission properties of a graded-index thermoplastic polymer optical fiber and a step-index thermosetting one, both doped with rhodamine 6G, have been studied. The work includes a detailed analysis of the amplified spontaneous emission together with a study of the optical gains and losses of the fibers. The photostability of the emission of both types of fibers has also been investigated. Comparisons between the results of both doped polymer optical fibers are presented and discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: light-emitting polymers; polymer optical fibers; thermoplastic fibers; thermosetting fibers; amplified spontaneous emission; optical gain; rhodamine 6G light-emitting polymers; polymer optical fibers; thermoplastic fibers; thermosetting fibers; amplified spontaneous emission; optical gain; rhodamine 6G
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Ayesta, I.; Illarramendi, M.A.; Arrue, J.; Parola, I.; Jiménez, F.; Zubia, J.; Tagaya, A.; Koike, Y. Optical Characterization of Doped Thermoplastic and Thermosetting Polymer-Optical-Fibers. Polymers 2017, 9, 90.

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