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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 5 — Mar. 11, 2013
  • pp: 6233–6242

Low-loss hollow-core fibers with improved single-modedness

John M. Fini, Jeffrey W. Nicholson, Robert S. Windeler, Eric M. Monberg, Linli Meng, Brian Mangan, Anthony DeSantolo, and Frank V. DiMarcello  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 5, pp. 6233-6242 (2013)

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Hollow-core fibers (HCFs) are a revolution in light guidance with enormous potential. They promise lower loss than any other waveguide, but have not yet achieved this potential because of a tradeoff between loss and single-moded operation. This paper demonstrates progress on a strategy to beat this tradeoff: we measure the first hollow-core fiber employing Perturbed Resonance for Improved Single Modedness (PRISM), where unwanted modes are robustly stripped away. The fiber has fundamental-mode loss of 7.5 dB/km, while other modes of the 19-lattice-cell core see loss >3000dB/km. This level of single-modedness is far better than previous 19-cell or 7-cell HCFs, and even comparable to some commercial solid-core fibers. Modeling indicates this measured loss can be improved. By breaking the connection between core size and single-modedness, this first PRISM demonstration opens a new path towards achieving the low-loss potential of HCFs.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2280) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber design and fabrication
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications
(060.2400) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber properties

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: January 29, 2013
Revised Manuscript: February 22, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: February 25, 2013
Published: March 5, 2013

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John M. Fini, Jeffrey W. Nicholson, Robert S. Windeler, Eric M. Monberg, Linli Meng, Brian Mangan, Anthony DeSantolo, and Frank V. DiMarcello, "Low-loss hollow-core fibers with improved single-modedness," Opt. Express 21, 6233-6242 (2013)

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