Abstract

We suppressed fiber fuse propagation in hole-assisted fiber (HAF) and photonic crystal fiber (PCF) with input powers above 14 W at 1480 and 1550 nm. This result indicates that the threshold power of fiber fuse propagation in HAF and PCF can be at least 10 times larger than that in conventional single-mode fiber (SMF) in the optical communication band. We also observed the dynamics of fiber fuse termination at a splice point between a test fiber (HAF or PCF) and a conventional fiber (SMF or dispersion-shifted fiber (DSF)). Our experimental results show that air holes in HAF and PCF play an important role in suppressing fiber fuse propagation.

© 2010 IEEE

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