IRF-Se Series Chalcogenide LWIR Fiber

IRF-Se fiber

IRflex's mid-infrared fiber (IRF), made from extra high purity chalcogenide glass, is specially designed and manufactured to generate and/or guide mid-wave infrared (MWIR) wavelengths of 1.5 to 11µm. They are commercially available.

A suite of patents relating to chalcogenide glass based fiber optics has been licensed to IRflex from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). These patent, in conjunction with IRflex’s experienced team, enable IRflex to find cutting-edge solutions to nonlinear mid-infrared applications.

Chalcogenide glass is made from a mixture of the chalcogenide elements: sulfur, selenium and tellurium. It offers promising properties such as transmission in mid and far infrared regions of spectra, lower values of phonon energies, high refractive indices and very large nonlinearities as compared to silica, chalcogenide glass fibers are the ideal candidates for mid-infrared applications that require high power laser delivery, chemical sensing, thermal imaging and temperature monitoring.

IRflex’s IRF-Se Series longwave mid-infrared fibers, made from extra high purity chalcogenide glass As2Se3, are specially designed and manufactured to generate and/or guide mid-infrared wavelengths from 1.5 to 10µm with high transmission efficiency and nonlinearities about 1000 times that of silica glass fiber.

IRF-Se-100 multimode LW mid-IR fiber has transmission range from 1.5 to 8µm, with minimum loss of 0.29 dB/m at 3.95µm wavelength.

IRF-Se-100 (R&D) multimode LW mid-IR fiber has broadest transmission range from 1.5 to 10µm wavelength, with 0.58 dB/m minimum optical loss at 5.98µm wavelength.

IRF-Se-150 mutimode LW mid-infrared fiber has transmission range from 1.5 to 8.5 µm, with minimum optical loss of 0.168dB/m at 3.89µm, aided by extremely high purity content.

IRF-Se-300 multimode LW mid-infrared fiber has transmission range from 1.5 to 9.7µm, with minimum optical loss of 0.21dB/m at 2.59µm. This fiber is initially designed to use with medical surgery laser.

IRF-Se-12 singlemode LW mid-infrared fiber has transmission range from 1.5 to 9.7µm, with minimum optical loss of 0.32 dB/m at 2µm wavelength. This step-index LWIR fiber has a core of 12µm diameter, NA of 0.47 and core refractive index of 2.7.  The fiber is truly singlemode for wavelength larger than 7.4µm cutoff.  This single-mode longwave mid-infrared fiber can be used for direct transmission or supercontinuum generation in the long wave mid-infrared.

IRF-SeG-12 is a few-mode fiber with small core diameter, as our IRF-Se-12, it has the same transmission range from 1.5 to 9.7µm wavelength, since it has clad glass structure of GeAs2Se5, which gives the higher NA of 0.76, it is specially designed for supercontinuum generation.

All the fibers are commercially available and can be sold as bare fiber or terminated with connectors. 

The standard fiber cables are terminated with stainless steel ferrules, FC/UPC, FC/APC or SMA905 connectors.  IRflex's FC/B® connector - the FC connector at Brewster Angle enables perfect coupling without reflection with polarized laser beam, is also available upon request.

The protective jacket can be stainless steel, stainless steel with PVC sheathing, PVDF or PVC. 

Other different cable assembling configurations are offered upon request.

Benefits

  • Low loss
  • Broad transmission range from 1.5 to 10µm
  • High power handling strength
  • High mechanical flexibility

Applications

  • MID-IR laser beam delivery
  • IR spectroscopy
  • Chemical sensing
  • Scientific and medical diagnostics IR-imaging system
  • Nonlinear super continuum generation

Specifications: 

IRF-Se Series IRF-Se-100 (R&D) IRF-Se-100 IRF-Se-150 IRF-Se-300 IRF-Se-12 IRF-SeG-12
Core Diameter (µm) 100 100 150 300 12 12
Clad Diameter (µm) 170 170 250 370 170 170
Protective Coating Diameter (µm) 330 330 450 550 330 330
Core/Clad Structure As2Se3 As2Se3 As2Se3 As2Se3 As2Se3 As2Se3/GeAs2Se5
Transmission Range (µm) 1.5 to 10 1.5 to 8
1.5 to 8.5 1.5 to 9.7 1.5 to 9.7 1.5 to 9.7
Core Refractive Index 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.7
NA 0.271 0.275 0.2924 0.3543 0.47 0.76