Microstructured optical fibers (MOFs) with small hole-to-hole spacing and large airholes are designed to compensate the anomalous dispersion and the dispersion slope of single-mode fibers. The geometrical parameters that characterize triangular MOFs are chosen to optimize the fiber length and the compensation over a wide wavelength range. A proper design of the photonic crystal fiber geometry allows us to achieve dispersion values of approximately −1700 ps nm<sup>−1</sup> km<sup>−1</sup> at 1550 nm and to compensate the dispersion of standard fibers within ±0.5 ps nm<sup>−1</sup> km<sup>−1</sup> over a 100-nm range. The MOF dispersion properties have been studied by means of a numerical simulator for modal analysis based on the finite-element method.
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(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components
(060.2400) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber properties
Federica Poli, Annamaria Cucinotta, Matteo Fuochi, Stefano Selleri, and Luca Vincetti, "Characterization of microstructured optical fibers for wideband dispersion compensation," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 20, 1958-1962 (2003)