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Robust multimaterial tellurium-based chalcogenide glass fibers for mid-wave and long-wave infrared transmission

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We describe an approach for producing robust multimaterial chalcogenide glass fibers for mid-wave and long-wave mid-infrared transmission. By combining the traditional rod-in-tube process with multimaterial coextrusion, we prepare a hybrid glass–polymer preform that is drawn continuously into a robust step-index fiber with a built-in, thermally compatible polymer jacket. Using tellurium-based chalcogenides, the fibers have a transparency window covering the 3–12 μm spectral range, making them particularly attractive for delivering quantum cascade laser light and in space applications.

© 2014 Optical Society of America

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