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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 14 — Jul. 5, 2010
  • pp: 14768–14777

Spectral analysis of waveguide tapered microfiber with an ultrathin metal coating

Cheng-Ling Lee  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 14, pp. 14768-14777 (2010)

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This work demonstrates the feasibility of a novel dispersion engineered ultrathin metal film coated on a tapered fiber with a thickness of around 10nm. To our knowledge, the dispersion characteristics of the proposed device induced by such an extremely thin metal film are described here for the first time. Experimental and simulation results indicate that the metal thin film has unique dispersion properties and intrinsic optical characteristics of strong absorption and high reflection in the near infrared light of a wavelength range of 1.25~1.65μm, making the material and waveguide dispersions of tapered-fibers more tailorable. In addition to the ability to flatten the slope of the fundamental-mode cutoff of the transmission spectrum, the dispersion profile is heavily influenced when the ultrathin metal film is coated around the proposed tapered fibers. The optical characteristics of the spectral response caused by the ultrathin film on tapered microfibers are also investigated and analyzed.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides
(310.6860) Thin films : Thin films, optical properties
(230.7408) Optical devices : Wavelength filtering devices

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: May 11, 2010
Revised Manuscript: June 18, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: June 22, 2010
Published: June 25, 2010

Cheng-Ling Lee, "Spectral analysis of waveguide tapered microfiber with an ultrathin metal coating," Opt. Express 18, 14768-14777 (2010)

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