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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 2008
  • pp: 303–305

Mach–Zehnder interferometers assembled with optical microfibers or nanofibers

Yuhang Li and Limin Tong  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 4, pp. 303-305 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.33.000303


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Abstract

We demonstrate Mach–Zehnder interferometers (MZI) assembled using optical microfibers or nanofibers (MNFs) drawn from silica fibers and tellurite glasses. As-assembled MZIs, with dimensions of tens to hundreds of micrometers, show good interference fringes with extinction ratios of 10 dB . The path-length difference of the MZI can be tuned by micromanipulation under an optical microscope. The MNF-assembled MZIs demonstrated here show advantages of easy fabrication, in situ tunability, and compact size.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

History
Original Manuscript: September 13, 2007
Revised Manuscript: December 18, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: December 27, 2007
Published: February 6, 2008

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Vol. 3, Iss. 3 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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Yuhang Li and Limin Tong, "Mach-Zehnder interferometers assembled with optical microfibers or nanofibers," Opt. Lett. 33, 303-305 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-33-4-303


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