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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 23 — Nov. 8, 2010
  • pp: 24344–24351

Bending loss and thermo-optic effect of a hybrid PDMS/silica photonic crystal fiber

Christos Markos, Kyriakos Vlachos, and George Kakarantzas  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 23, pp. 24344-24351 (2010)

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In this paper, we demonstrate and report a photonic crystal fiber (PCF) infiltrated with PDMS elastomer which is sensitive to external bending and temperature perturbations. Numerical simulations and experimental measurements were carried out to investigate the fundamental TIR-based guiding mechanism of the hybrid PDMS/silica PCF in terms of effective index, effective modal area and loss. Wavelength dependence of bending losses was also measured for different bend diameters as well as the temperature dependence of the fundamental guiding mode for a range of temperatures from 20°C to 75°C. Experimental measurements have shown a ~6% power recovery of the bend-induced loss for a 6-cm long PDMS-filled PCF at 4 cm bend diameter.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2400) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber properties
(160.2290) Materials : Fiber materials
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(230.1150) Optical devices : All-optical devices
(060.5295) Fiber optics and optical communications : Photonic crystal fibers

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: September 17, 2010
Revised Manuscript: October 27, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: October 27, 2010
Published: November 5, 2010

Christos Markos, Kyriakos Vlachos, and George Kakarantzas, "Bending loss and thermo-optic effect of a hybrid PDMS/silica photonic crystal fiber," Opt. Express 18, 24344-24351 (2010)

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