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Optics Express

  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 18 — Sep. 4, 2006
  • pp: 8403–8412

Lateral access to the holes of photonic crystal fibers – selective filling and sensing applications

Cristiano M. B. Cordeiro, Eliane M. dos Santos, C. H. Brito Cruz, Christiano J. S. de Matos, and Daniel S. Ferreira  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 18, pp. 8403-8412 (2006)

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A new, simple, technique is demonstrated to laterally access the cladding holes of solid-core photonic crystal fibers (PCFs) or the central hole of hollow-core PCFs by blowing a hole through the fiber wall (using a fusion splicer and the application of pressure). For both fiber types material was subsequently and successfully inserted into the holes. The proposed method compares favorably with other reported selective filling techniques in terms of simplicity and reproducibility. Also, since the holes are laterally filled, simultaneous optical access to the PCFs is possible, which can prove useful for practical sensing applications. As a proof-of-concept experiment, Rhodamine fluorescence measurements are shown.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors
(230.1150) Optical devices : All-optical devices
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystal Fibers

Original Manuscript: June 12, 2006
Revised Manuscript: July 14, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: July 19, 2006
Published: September 1, 2006

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Cristiano M. B. Cordeiro, Eliane M. dos Santos, C. H. Brito Cruz, Christiano J. de Matos, and Daniel S. Ferreiira, "Lateral access to the holes of photonic crystal fibers – selective filling and sensing applications," Opt. Express 14, 8403-8412 (2006)

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