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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 18 — Sep. 3, 2007
  • pp: 11691–11697

Ultrafast-laser inscription of a three dimensional fan-out device for multicore fiber coupling applications

R. R. Thomson, H. T. Bookey, N. D. Psaila, A. Fender, S. Campbell, W. N. MacPherson, J. S. Barton, D. T. Reid, and A. K. Kar  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 18, pp. 11691-11697 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.15.011691


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Abstract

A fan-out device has been fabricated using ultrafast-laser waveguide-inscription that enables each core of a multicore optical fiber (MCF) to be addressed by a single mode fiber held in a fiber V-groove array (FVA). By utilizing the unique three-dimensional fabrication capability of this technique we demonstrate coupling between an FVA consisting of a one-dimensional array of fibers and an MCF consisting of a two-dimensional array of cores. When coupled to all cores of the MCF simultaneously, the average insertion loss per core was 5.0 dB in the 1.55 µm spectral region. Furthermore, the fan-out exhibited low cross-talk and low polarization dependent loss.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(140.3390) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials processing

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: July 3, 2007
Revised Manuscript: August 23, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: August 23, 2007
Published: August 29, 2007

Citation
R. R. Thomson, H. T. Bookey, N. D. Psaila, A. Fender, S. Campbell, W. N. MacPherson, J. S. Barton, D. T. Reid, and A. K. Kar, "Ultrafast-laser inscription of a three dimensional fan-out device for multicore fiber coupling applications," Opt. Express 15, 11691-11697 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-18-11691


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