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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 23 — Nov. 12, 2007
  • pp: 15086–15092

Extrusion of complex preforms for microstructured optical fibers

Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem and Tanya M. Monro  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 23, pp. 15086-15092 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.15.015086


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Abstract

We report a significant advance in preform extrusion and die design, which has allowed for the first time the fabrication of complex structured preforms using soft glass and polymer billets. Structural preform distortions are minimized by adjustment of the material flow within the die. The low propagation loss of an extruded complex bismuth glass fiber demonstrates the potential of this advanced extrusion technique for the fabrication of novel soft glass and polymer microstructured fiber designs.

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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
(060.2290) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber materials

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: September 13, 2007
Revised Manuscript: October 28, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: October 30, 2007
Published: October 31, 2007

Citation
Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem and Tanya M. Monro, "Extrusion of complex preforms for microstructured optical fibers," Opt. Express 15, 15086-15092 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-23-15086


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