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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 25 — Dec. 6, 2010
  • pp: 25657–25664

Design of a highly-birefringent microstructured photonic crystal fiber for pressure monitoring

Charles M. Jewart, Sully Mejía Quintero, Arthur M. B. Braga, and Kevin P. Chen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 25, pp. 25657-25664 (2010)

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We present the design of an air hole microstructured photonic crystal fiber for pressure sensing applications. The air-hole photonic crystal lattices were designed to produce a large intrinsic birefringence of 1.16x10-3. The impact of the surrounding air holes for pressure sensing to the propagation mode profiles and indices were studied and improved, which ensures single mode propagation in the fiber core defined by the photonic crystal lattice. An air hole matrix and a practical chemical etching process during the fiber perform preparation stage is proposed to produce an optical fiber with a birefringence-pressure coefficient of 43.89x10-6MPa-1 or a fiber Bragg grating pressure responsivity of 44.15 pm/MPa, which is a 17 times improvement over previous photonic crystal fiber designs.

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OCIS Codes
(000.4430) General : Numerical approximation and analysis
(060.2280) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber design and fabrication
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors
(060.4005) Fiber optics and optical communications : Microstructured fibers
(060.5295) Fiber optics and optical communications : Photonic crystal fibers

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: September 14, 2010
Revised Manuscript: November 4, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: November 5, 2010
Published: November 23, 2010

Charles M. Jewart, Sully Mejía Quintero, Arthur M. B. Braga, and Kevin P. Chen, "Design of a highly-birefringent microstructured photonic crystal fiber for pressure monitoring," Opt. Express 18, 25657-25664 (2010)

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