Thermal annealing of tilted fiber Bragg gratings
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AuthorGonzález Vila, Álvaro; Rodríguez Cobo, Luis; Megret, Patrice; Caucheteur, Christophe; López Higuera, José Miguel
We report a practical study of the thermal decay of cladding mode resonances in tilted fiber Bragg gratings, establishing an analogy with the “power law” evolution previously observed on uniform gratings. We examine how this process contributes to a great thermal stability, even improving it by means of a second cycle slightly increasing the annealing temperature. In addition, we show an improvement of the grating spectrum after annealing, with respect to the one just after inscription, which suggests the application of this method to be employed to improve saturation issues during the photo-inscription process.