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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 12 — Jun. 15, 2006
  • pp: 1911–1913

Hollow-core photonic crystal fiber-optic probes for Raman spectroscopy

Stanislav O. Konorov, Christopher J. Addison, H. Georg Schulze, Robin F. B. Turner, and Michael W. Blades  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 12, pp. 1911-1913 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.31.001911


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Abstract

We have implemented a new Raman fiber-optic probe design based on a hollow-core photonic-crystal excitation fiber surrounded by silica-core collection fibers. The photonic-crystal fiber offers low attenuation at the pump radiation wavelength, mechanical flexibility, high radiation stability, and low background noise. Because the excitation beam is transmitted through air inside the hollow-core fiber, silica Raman scattering is much reduced, improving the quality of the spectra obtained using probes of this design. Preliminary results show that the new probe design decreases the Raman background from the silica by approximately an order of magnitude compared to solid-core silica Raman probes.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors
(300.6330) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, inelastic scattering including Raman
(300.6450) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, Raman

ToC Category:
Spectroscopy

History
Original Manuscript: February 10, 2006
Revised Manuscript: March 31, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: April 4, 2006

Citation
Stanislav O. Konorov, Christopher J. Addison, H. Georg Schulze, Robin F. B. Turner, and Michael W. Blades, "Hollow-core photonic crystal fiber-optic probes for Raman spectroscopy," Opt. Lett. 31, 1911-1913 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-31-12-1911


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