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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 8 — Apr. 12, 2010
  • pp: 7596–7601

Tapered silicon optical fibers

N. Healy, J. R. Sparks, P. J. A. Sazio, J. V. Badding, and A. C. Peacock  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 8, pp. 7596-7601 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.007596


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Abstract

The tapering of silicon optical fibers is demonstrated using a fusion splicer. The silicon fibers are fabricated using a high pressure chemical deposition technique to deposit an amorphous silicon core inside a silica capillary and the tapering is performed in a separate post-process. Optical and material characterization has revealed a smooth transition region leading to a uniform tapered waist that are both simultaneously crystallized to yield a solid polysilicon core. The strong mode confinement and low taper loss measured in the silicon fibers verifies this tapering approach for the fabrication of structures with nanoscale core dimensions.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2280) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber design and fabrication
(060.2290) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber materials
(160.6000) Materials : Semiconductor materials
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: January 12, 2010
Revised Manuscript: February 25, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: February 26, 2010
Published: March 29, 2010

Citation
N. Healy, J. R. Sparks, P. J. Sazio, J. V. Badding, and A. C. Peacock, "Tapered silicon optical fibers," Opt. Express 18, 7596-7601 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-8-7596


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