OSA's Digital Library

Optics Express

Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 17 — Aug. 17, 2009
  • pp: 14851–14864

Hollow-core infrared fiber incorporating metal-wire metamaterial

Min Yan and Niels Asger Mortensen  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 17, pp. 14851-14864 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.014851


View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (589 KB)





Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


   


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools

Share
Citations

Abstract

Infrared (IR) light is considered important for short-range wireless communication, thermal sensing, spectroscopy, material processing, medical surgery, astronomy etc. However, IR light is in general much harder to transport than optical light or microwave radiation. Existing hollow-core IR waveguides usually use a layer of metallic coating on the inner wall of the waveguide. Such a metallic layer, though reflective, still absorbs guided light significantly due to its finite Ohmic loss, especially for transverse-magnetic (TM) light. In this paper, we show that metal-wire based metamaterials may serve as an efficient TM reflector, reducing propagation loss of the TM mode by two orders of magnitude. By further imposing a conventional metal cladding layer, which reflects specifically transverse-electric (TE) light, we can potentially obtain a low-loss hollow-core fiber. Simulations confirm that loss values for several low-order modes are comparable to the best results reported so far.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2280) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber design and fabrication
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(240.5420) Optics at surfaces : Polaritons
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: May 12, 2009
Revised Manuscript: July 19, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: July 23, 2009
Published: August 6, 2009

Citation
Min Yan and Niels Asger Mortensen, "Hollow-core infrared fiber incorporating metal-wire metamaterial," Opt. Express 17, 14851-14864 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-17-14851


Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  

References

  1. J. A. Harrington, "A review of IR transmitting, hollow waveguides," Fiber Integr. Opt. 19, 211-217 (2000). [CrossRef]
  2. B. Temelkuran, S. D. Hart, G. Benoit, J. D. Joannopoulos, and Y. Fink, "Wavelength-scalable hollow optical fibres with large photonic bandgaps for CO2 laser transmission," Nature 420, 650-653 (2002). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  3. R. F. Cregan, B. J. Mangan, J. C. Knight, T. A. Birks, P. S. J. Russell, P. J. Roberts, and D. C. Allan, "Single-mode photonic band gap guidance of light in air," Science 285, 1537-1539 (1999). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  4. B. Bowden, J. A. Harrington, and O. Mitrofanov, "Low-loss modes in hollow metallic terahertz waveguides with dielectric coatings," Appl. Phys. Lett. 93, 181104 (2008). [CrossRef]
  5. B. T. Schwartz and R. Piestun, "Waveguiding in air by total external reflection from ultralow index metamaterials," Appl. Phys. Lett. 85, 1 (2004). [CrossRef]
  6. E. J. Smith, Z. Liu, Y. Mei, and O. G. Schmidt, "Combined surface plasmon and classical waveguiding through metamaterial fiber design," Nano Lett., DOI:10.1021/nl900550j (2009). [PubMed]
  7. J. Elser, R. Wangberg, V. A. Podolskiy, and E. E. Narimanov, "Nanowire metamaterials with extreme optical anisotropy," Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 261102 (2006). [CrossRef]
  8. Y. Liu, G. Bartal, and X. Zhang, "All-angle negative refraction and imaging in a bulk medium made of metallic nanowires in the visible region," Opt. Express 16, 15439-15448 (2008). URL http://www.opticsexpress.org/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-20-15439. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  9. J. B. Pendry, A. J. Holden, W. J. Stewart, and I. Youngs, "Extremely low frequency plasmons in metallic mesostructures," Phys. Rev. Lett. 76, 4773 (1996). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  10. J. Yao, Z. Liu, Y. Liu, Y. Wang, C. Sun, G. Bartal, A. M. Stacy, and X. Zhang, "Optical negative refraction in bulk metamaterials of nanowires," Science 321, 930 (2008). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  11. D. R. Smith and D. Schurig, "Electromagnetic wave propagation in media with indefinite permittivity and permeability tensors," Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 077405 (2003). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  12. E. Hecht, Optics, 4th ed. (Addison Wesley, San Francisco, 2002).
  13. E. D. Palik, Handbook of Optical Constants of Solids (Academic Press, New York, 1985).
  14. M. Yan and P. Shum, "Analysis of perturbed Bragg fibers with an extended transfer matrix method," Opt. Express , 2596-2610 (2006). URL http://www.opticsexpress.org/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-7-2596. [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  15. S. Quabis, R. Dorn, M. Eberler, O. Glockl, and G. Leuchs, "Focusing light to a tighter spot," Opt. Comm. 179, 1-7 (2000). [CrossRef]
  16. E. A. J. Marcatili and R. A. Schmeltzer, "Hollow metallic and dielectric waveguides for long distance optical transmission and lasers," Bell Syst. Tech. J. 34, 1783-1809 (1964).
  17. S. Johnson, M. Ibanescu, M. Skorobogatiy, O. Weisberg, T. Engeness, M. Soljacic, S. Jacobs, J. Joannopoulos, and Y. Fink, "Low-loss asymptotically single-mode propagation in large-core OmniGuide fibers," Opt. Express 9, 748-779 (2001). URL http://www.opticsexpress.org/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-9-13-748. [CrossRef] [PubMed]

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.


« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited