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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 1 — Jan. 10, 2005
  • pp: 236–244

Ultimate low loss of hollow-core photonic crystal fibres

P. J. Roberts, F. Couny, H. Sabert, B. J. Mangan, D. P. Williams, L. Farr, M. W. Mason, A. Tomlinson, T. A. Birks, J. C. Knight, and P. St.J. Russell  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 1, pp. 236-244 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OPEX.13.000236


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Abstract

Hollow-core photonic crystal fibres have excited interest as potential ultra-low loss telecommunications fibres because light propagates mainly in air instead of solid glass. We propose that the ultimate limit to the attenuation of such fibres is determined by surface roughness due to frozenin capillary waves. This is confirmed by measurements of the surface roughness in a HC-PCF, the angular distribution of the power scattered out of the core, and the wavelength dependence of the minimum loss of fibres drawn to different scales.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2280) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber design and fabrication
(230.4000) Optical devices : Microstructure fabrication

ToC Category:
Research Papers

History
Original Manuscript: November 17, 2004
Revised Manuscript: December 21, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: December 30, 2004
Published: January 10, 2005

Citation
P. J. Roberts, F. Couny, H. Sabert, B. J. Mangan, D. P. Williams, L. Farr, M. W. Mason, A. Tomlinson, T. A. Birks, J. C. Knight, and P. St.J. Russell, "Ultimate low loss of hollow-core photonic crystal fibres," Opt. Express 13, 236-244 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-13-1-236


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