Sharif, K.A.M.; Omar, N.Y.M.; Zulkifli, M.I.; Yassin, S.Z.M.; Abdul-Rashid, H.A. Fabrication of Alumina-Doped Optical Fiber Preforms by an MCVD-Metal Chelate Doping Method. Appl. Sci.2020, 10, 7231.
Sharif, K.A.M.; Omar, N.Y.M.; Zulkifli, M.I.; Yassin, S.Z.M.; Abdul-Rashid, H.A. Fabrication of Alumina-Doped Optical Fiber Preforms by an MCVD-Metal Chelate Doping Method. Appl. Sci. 2020, 10, 7231.
This paper reports on the fabrication of alumina doped preforms using MCVD-vapor phase chelate delivery system with Al(acac)3 as the precursor. The objectives of the work are to study the deposition process, the efficiency of the fabrication process, and the quality of the fabricated fiber preforms. Two parameters are studied, Al(acac)3 sublimator temperature (TAl°C) and deposition direction (i.e. downstream and upstream). Other parameters such as oxygen flow and deposition temperature are fixed. The results showed that a high uniformity of refractive index difference (%RSD < 2%) and core size (%RSD < 2.4%) was obtained along the preform length using downstream deposition while for the combined upstream and downstream deposition the uniformity was deteriorated. The process efficiency was found to be about 21% for TAl°C of 185°C and downstream deposition. From the EDX elemental analysis, the refractive index was found to increase by 0.0025 per mole percent of alumina.
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