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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 17 — Sep. 1, 2006
  • pp: 2541–2543

Brillouin characterization of holey optical fibers

K. Furusawa, Z. Yusoff, F. Poletti, T. M. Monro, N. G.R. Broderick, and D. J. Richardson  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 17, pp. 2541-2543 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.31.002541


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Abstract

We report the results of detailed measurements on the Brillouin frequency shift (BFS), gain bandwidth, and gain coefficients of several small-core holey optical fibers (HFs) of both uniform and axially varying structural characteristics and compare these with measurements on more conventional fibers. Our measurements show that the BFS of HFs is first-order proportional to the modal index for light propagating along the fiber and is thus extremely sensitive to its precise structural parameters. Our results highlight the possibility of using distributed Brillouin scattering measurements to perform nondestructive structural characterization of HFs, and the possibility of producing Brillouin-suppressed HFs using controlled structural variation along the fiber length.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2300) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber measurements
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(290.5830) Scattering : Scattering, Brillouin

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: April 12, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: May 18, 2006
Published: August 9, 2006

Citation
K. Furusawa, Z. Yusoff, F. Poletti, T. M. Monro, N. G. R. Broderick, and D. J. Richardson, "Brillouin characterization of holey optical fibers," Opt. Lett. 31, 2541-2543 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-31-17-2541

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