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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 17 — Aug. 22, 2005
  • pp: 6454–6459

Colloidal photonic crystal cladded optical fibers: Towards a new type of photonic band gap fiber

Jianzhao Li, Peter R. Herman, Christopher E. Valdivia, Vladimir Kitaev, and Geoffrey A. Ozin  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 17, pp. 6454-6459 (2005)

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A facile approach of fabricating a new type of hollow photonic band gap fibers is proposed. Templates for generating such fibers are demonstrated by a complete and uniform coating of a standard silica optical fiber (125 μm diameter) with a three-dimensional colloidal photonic crystal through isothermal heating evaporation induced self-assembly. The photonic crystal cylindrical annulus is characterized by optical and scanning electron microscopy, and is found to yield a 1.4-μm stop band by optical reflection and transmission spectroscopy. The results also demonstrate a practical means of enveloping macro- or micro-curved surfaces with three-dimensional photonic crystals, a task that is geometrically challenging by other photonic crystal fabrication methods.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2280) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber design and fabrication
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides
(310.1620) Thin films : Interference coatings

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Research Papers

Original Manuscript: June 29, 2005
Revised Manuscript: August 5, 2005
Published: August 22, 2005

Jianzhao Li, Peter Heman, Christopher Valdivia, Vladimir Kitaev, and Geoffrey Ozin, "Colloidal photonic crystal cladded optical fibers: Towards a new type of photonic band gap fiber," Opt. Express 13, 6454-6459 (2005)

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