Abstract

A quantitative theoretical model that describes the amount of evanescent field that is absorbed by an infinite cladding has been developed. The validity of this model has been confirmed by a series of experiments to determine the typical dependence of the abosrption on each parameter (fiber length, fiber diameter, light beam launching condition, and wavelength) separately, and the total amount of absorption as a function of all the parameters combined. The results show that this model can predict the amount of absorbed radiation with an error range of 5%. It is therefore possible to analyze the infrared spectrum by quantitative data such as the ratio between two absorption lines or by deriving the absorbance coefficient of the absorption curve.

© 1994 Optical Society of America

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