Abstract

An erbium doped fiber preform having a lead germanate erbium glass core with silica cladding was fabricated by a newly developed technique named “Core-Suction”. This preform was then drawn into fiber and fiber cross-section, loss spectrum and refractive index profile measured. A 30 cm piece of the manufactured fiber was spliced to a standard silica fiber using a commercial available splicer. This spliced fiber was then used to setup an erbium doped fiber amplifier (EDFA) and gain spectrum of the amplifier measured. Distributed gain of the manufactured erbium fiber was measured using an optical frequency domain reflectometry (OFDR) based optical backscatter reflectometer (OBR). It is demonstrated that the “Core-Suction” technique can be used to make a high-gain amplifier that is compatible with conventional silica fibers.

© 2009 IEEE

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