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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 12, Iss. 3 — Feb. 9, 2004
  • pp: 430–435

Bandwidth comparison of photonic crystal fibers and conventional single-mode fibers

M.D. Nielsen, J.R. Folkenberg, N.A. Mortensen, and A. Bjarklev  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 12, Issue 3, pp. 430-435 (2004)

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We experimentally compare the optical bandwidth of a conventional single-mode fiber (SMF) with 3 different photonic crystal fibers (PCF) all optimized for visible applications. The spectral attenuation, single-turn bend loss, and mode-field diameters (MFD) are measured and the PCF is found to have a significantly larger bandwidth than the SMF for an identical MFD. It is shown how this advantage can be utilized for realizing a larger MFD for the PCF while maintaining a bending resistant fiber.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2400) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber properties
(060.2430) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, single-mode

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: January 13, 2004
Revised Manuscript: January 26, 2004
Published: February 9, 2004

M. Nielsen, J. Folkenberg, N. Mortensen, and A. Bjarklev, "Bandwidth comparison of photonic crystal fibers and conventional single-mode fibers," Opt. Express 12, 430-435 (2004)

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