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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 18 — Aug. 29, 2011
  • pp: 17585–17590

Selective filling of photonic crystal fibers using focused ion beam milled microchannels

Fei Wang, Wu Yuan, Ole Hansen, and Ole Bang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 18, pp. 17585-17590 (2011)

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We introduce a versatile, robust, and integrated technique to selectively fill fluid into a desired pattern of air holes in a photonic crystal fiber (PCF). Focused ion beam (FIB) is used to efficiently mill a microchannel on the end facet of a PCF before it is spliced to a single-mode fiber (SMF). Selected air holes are therefore exposed to the atmosphere through the microchannel for fluid filling. A low-loss in-line tunable optical hybrid fiber device is demonstrated by using such a technique.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2280) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber design and fabrication
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(230.1150) Optical devices : All-optical devices
(060.4005) Fiber optics and optical communications : Microstructured fibers

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: August 1, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: August 18, 2011
Published: August 22, 2011

Fei Wang, Wu Yuan, Ole Hansen, and Ole Bang, "Selective filling of photonic crystal fibers using focused ion beam milled microchannels," Opt. Express 19, 17585-17590 (2011)

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