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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 19 — Sep. 18, 2006
  • pp: 8506–8515

Formation of long and thin polymer fiber using nondiffracting beam

Jan Ježek, Tomáš Čižmár, Vilém Nedĕla, and Pavel Zemánek  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 19, pp. 8506-8515 (2006)

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We present a unique method that utilizes high intensity core of the zero-order nondiffracting beam (NDB) to fabricate a homogeneous polymer fiber as narrow as 2 µm and as long as centimeters. The constant diameter of the fiber along all its length is done by the propagation invariant properties of the NDB. The length of the fiber is determined by the maximum propagation distance of the NDB which is much longer than the classical Gaussian beam of comparable width. Moreover, we also proved that the self-writing waveguide mechanism prolongs the length of the developed fibers. Circular movement of the NDB creates hollow fiber, several co-axial, or overlapping fibers.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2280) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber design and fabrication
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: July 3, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: August 31, 2006
Published: September 18, 2006

Jan Ježek, Tomáš Cižmár, Vilém Nedela, and Pavel Zemánek, "Formation of long and thin polymer fiber using nondiffracting beam," Opt. Express 14, 8506-8515 (2006)

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