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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 12, Iss. 23 — Nov. 15, 2004
  • pp: 5810–5820

Mathematical model of the spinning of microstructured fibres

Christopher J. Voyce, Alistair D. Fitt, and Tanya M. Monro  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 12, Issue 23, pp. 5810-5820 (2004)

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We construct a fluid mechanics model of the drawing of microstructured optical fibres (‘holey fibres’). This model can be used to understand and quantify methods for controlling the fibre geometry. The effects of preform rotation are included to examine methods for reducing fibre birefringence. Asymptotic numerical-solutions are obtained and applied to two typical microstructured-fibres and a number of practical suggestions are made for achieving sub-mm spin pitches without damaging the microstructure within.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2280) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber design and fabrication
(220.0220) Optical design and fabrication : Optical design and fabrication

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: September 24, 2004
Revised Manuscript: November 2, 2004
Published: November 15, 2004

Christopher Voyce, Alistair Fitt, and Tanya Monro, "Mathematical model of the spinning of microstructured fibres," Opt. Express 12, 5810-5820 (2004)

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