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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 8 — Apr. 17, 2006
  • pp: 3541–3546

Design of solid-core microstructured optical fiber with steering-wheel air cladding for optimal evanescent-field sensing

Yinian Zhu, Henry Du, and Ryan Bise  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 8, pp. 3541-3546 (2006)

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We present the design of a solid-core microstructured optical fiber with steering-wheel pattern of large holes in cladding as platform for evanescent-field sensing. Both geometry and optical properties of the fiber are numerical computed and analyzed in consideration of manufacturability using sol-gel casting technique as well as by evaluating a triangular lattice of holes with three rings in the design structure so that effective parameters can be established using effective step-index model. We predict less than 0.7 dB/m confinement loss at 850 nm, 29 %, 13.7 %, and 7.2 % of light intensity overlap in air holes at 1500 nm, 1000 nm, and 850 nm wavelength, respectively, in such fiber. With the low loss and high mode-field overlap, the steering-wheel structured fiber is well suited for evanescent-field sensing and detection of chemical and biological species.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2270) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber characterization
(060.2280) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber design and fabrication
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystal Fibers

Original Manuscript: December 21, 2005
Revised Manuscript: March 24, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: March 29, 2006
Published: April 17, 2006

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Yinian Zhu, Henry Du, and Ryan Bise, "Design of solid-core microstructured optical fiber with steering-wheel air cladding for optimal evanescent-field sensing," Opt. Express 14, 3541-3546 (2006)

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