Abstract

The thermal response of optical fibers during CO2 laser irradiation has been characterized by using thermally stable short-period fiber Bragg gratings, referred to as chemical composition gratings. CO2 laser beam profiling was performed by scanning the beam across a 1 mm long grating, providing a spatial resolution given by the fiber diameter. The thermal dynamics during square pulse irradiation has been recorded for temperatures in excess of 1700°C, with heating and cooling rates as high as 10,500°Cs1 and 6500°Cs1, respectively.

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