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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 11, Iss. 2 — Jan. 27, 2003
  • pp: 98–104

Retaining and characterising nano-structure within tapered air-silica structured optical fibers

S.T. Huntington, J. Katsifolis, B.C. Gibson, J. Canning, K. Lyytikainen, J. Zagari, L.W. Cahill, and J.D. Love  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 11, Issue 2, pp. 98-104 (2003)

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Air-silica fiber 125µm in diameter has been tapered down to ~15µm. At this diameter, it is commonly assumed that the nanostructured fiber holes have collapsed. Using an Atomic Force Microscope, we show this assumption to be in error, and demonstrate for the first time that structures several hundred nanometers in diameter are present, and that hole array structures are maintained. The use of Atomic Force Microscopy is shown to be an efficient way of characterising these structures.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(160.4670) Materials : Optical materials
(230.1150) Optical devices : All-optical devices

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: December 12, 2002
Revised Manuscript: January 10, 2003
Published: January 27, 2003

S. Huntington, J. Katsifolis, B. Gibson, J. Canning, K. Lyytikainen, J. Zagari, L. Cahill, and J. Love, "Retaining and characterising nano-structure within tapered air-silica structured optical fibers," Opt. Express 11, 98-104 (2003)

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