In this Letter we report a fast thermal regeneration of Type I fiber Bragg gratings inscribed with a UV laser in up to four different optical fibers: hydrogenated standard fiber, hydrogenated highly Ge-doped fiber, hydrogenated photosensitive fiber, and nonhydrogenated fiber. The thermal treatment consists in directly introducing the optical fiber into a preheated oven. The preheat temperature depends on the type of fiber used and is high enough to erase the grating and regenerate it afterward. The best results are obtained with hydrogenated photosensitive fiber and highly Ge-doped fiber, whereas no satisfactory results were obtained with hydrogenated standard fiber and nonhydrogenated photosensitive fiber. A regenerated grating with only 1.6 dB of loss was obtained in 10 min, reducing the time needed by a factor of 5.7. By adjusting the temperature of the oven, regenerated gratings of 13.7 dB of loss in 31 s and 5.8 dB of loss in 3 min were obtained. The factors of improvement in time are 110.3 and 19, respectively.
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