We numerically demonstrate ultraflattened chromatic dispersion with low losses in microstructured optical fibers (MOFs). We propose using two different MOF structures to get this result. Both structures are based on a subset of a triangular array of cylindrical air holes; the cross sections of these inclusions are circular, and a missing hole in the fiber’s middle forms the core. In this MOF structure the diameters of the inclusions increase with distance from the fiber axis until the diameters reach a maximum. With this new design and with three different hole diameters, it requires only seven rings to reach the 0.2-dB/km level at λ = 1.55μm with a variation amplitude of dispersion below 3.0×10<sup>-2</sup> ps nm<sup>-1</sup> km<sup>-1</sup> of λ=1.5–1.6μ m . With the usual MOF (made from holes of identical diameter), we show that at least 18 hole rings are required for losses to decrease to <1 dB/km at λ=1.55μm .
© 2003 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
(060.2430) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, single-mode
G. Renversez, B. Kuhlmey, and R. McPhedran, "Dispersion management with microstructured optical fibers: ultraflattened chromatic dispersion with low losses," Opt. Lett. 28, 989-991 (2003)