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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 2009
  • pp: 2724–2726

Tapered fibers embedded in silica aerogel

Limin Xiao, Michael D.W. Grogan, Sergio G. Leon-Saval, Rhys Williams, Richard England, Willam J. Wadsworth, and Tim A. Birks  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 18, pp. 2724-2726 (2009)

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We have embedded thin tapered fibers (with diameters down to 1 μ m ) in silica aerogel with low loss. The aerogel is rigid but behaves refractively like air, protecting the taper without disturbing light propagation along it. This enables a new class of fiber devices exploiting volume evanescent interactions with the aerogel itself or with dopants or gases in the pores.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: June 15, 2009
Revised Manuscript: August 12, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: August 13, 2009
Published: September 4, 2009

Limin Xiao, Michael D. Grogan, Sergio G. Leon-Saval, Rhys Williams, Richard England, Willam J. Wadsworth, and Tim A. Birks, "Tapered fibers embedded in silica aerogel," Opt. Lett. 34, 2724-2726 (2009)

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