Holey fibers combine two-dimensional microstructuring with one-dimensional longitudinal propagation, resulting in fibers with tailorable dispersive and nonlinear properties. We measure the effective nonlinearity of a typical holey fiber. The small effective area that is possible in this type of fiber significantly enhances its effective nonlinearity relative to standard fiber.
© 1999 Optical Society of America
(060.2270) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber characterization
(060.2280) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber design and fabrication
(060.2400) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber properties
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
N. G. R. Broderick, T. M. Monro, P. J. Bennett, and D. J. Richardson, "Nonlinearity in holey optical fibers: measurement and future opportunities," Opt. Lett. 24, 1395-1397 (1999)