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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 11, Iss. 9 — May. 5, 2003
  • pp: 996–1001

Identifying hollow waveguide guidance in air-cored microstructured optical fibres

Nader A. Issa, Alexander Argyros, Martijn A. van Eijkelenborg, and Joseph Zagari  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 11, Issue 9, pp. 996-1001 (2003)

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An analysis of leaky modes in real microstructured optical fibres fabricated specifically for photonic band gap guidance in an air core has been used to identify alternative guiding mechanisms. The supported leaky modes exhibit properties closely matching a simple hollow waveguide, uninfluenced by the surrounding microstructure. The analysis gives a quantitative determination of the wavelength dependent loss of these modes and illustrates a mechanism not photonic band gap in origin by which colouration can be observed in such fibres. These findings are demonstrated experimentally.

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OCIS Codes
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(060.2280) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber design and fabrication
(060.2430) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, single-mode
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers

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Research Papers

Original Manuscript: March 10, 2003
Revised Manuscript: April 17, 2003
Published: May 5, 2003

Nader Issa, Alexander Argyros, Martijn van Eijkelenborg, and Joseph Zagari, "Identifying hollow waveguide guidance in air-cored microstructured optical fibres," Opt. Express 11, 996-1001 (2003)

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