Abstract

We compare the results of thermally induced isochronal and isothermal decays of fiber Bragg gratings written through cw exposure of an unloaded germanosilicate fiber. We show that isochronal step decays can be used to predict isothermal decays, provided that some corrections are carried out to take into account a reversible change in grating reflectivity induced by the increase of the fiber temperature. The isochronal accelerated-aging method enables one to sample most of the initial distribution of trapped site energies in a fairly short time. Taking advantage of this property of the method, we show that the initial distribution for a weak grating is similar to those for stronger gratings. The consequences of this observation are discussed within the framework of the various reaction pathway model.

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