This letter describes a method for producing in-fiber gratings that reduces the effects of mechanical and optical instabilities limiting other methods. In this technique, opaque lines formed on the outside of the fiber using a procedure known as microcontact printing, serve as an amplitude photomask for exposure to ultraviolet light. Long-period fiber optic attenuators formed by ths technique demonstrate its advantages.
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