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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 6 — Mar. 25, 2013
  • pp: 6919–6927

Dynamic selective etching: a facile route to parabolic optical fiber nano-probe

Wei Zhu, Tielin Shi, Zirong Tang, Bo Gong, Guanglan Liao, and John Tully  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 6, pp. 6919-6927 (2013)

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A dynamic etching approach is proposed through the appropriate variation of etchant composition ratio during the etching process, resulting in the parabolic shape of optical fiber nano-probe with a favorable changing of cone angle. The probe formation mechanism is thoroughly analyzed to illustrate the controllability and simplicity of this method. Optical properties of as-made probes are simulated and experimentally characterized and compared with the linear shape probes of different cone angles. It shows that the parabolic shape probes are superior to the linear shape ones with respect to the transmission efficiency and light focusing capability.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(120.4640) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical instruments
(220.4241) Optical design and fabrication : Nanostructure fabrication

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: January 30, 2013
Revised Manuscript: March 7, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: March 7, 2013
Published: March 13, 2013

Wei Zhu, Tielin Shi, Zirong Tang, Bo Gong, Guanglan Liao, and John Tully, "Dynamic selective etching: a facile route to parabolic optical fiber nano-probe," Opt. Express 21, 6919-6927 (2013)

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