Recent developments in the astrophotonic applications of optical fibre taper transitions are discussed. For example, transitions between single multi-mode and multiple single-mode cores can help suppress the atmospheric OH emission that hampers ground-based IR astronomy.
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components
(350.0350) Other areas of optics : Other areas of optics
(350.1260) Other areas of optics : Astronomical optics
T. Birks, A. Diez, J. L. Cruz, S. G. Leon-Saval, and D. F. Murphy, "Fibers are Looking Up: Optical Fiber Transition Structures in Astrophotonics," in Frontiers in Optics 2010/Laser Science XXVI, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2010), paper FTuU1.
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