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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 36, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 2011
  • pp: 4662–4664

Hydrophobic photonic crystal fibers

Limin Xiao, T. A. Birks, and W. H. Loh  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 23, pp. 4662-4664 (2011)

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We propose and demonstrate hydrophobic photonic crystal fibers (PCFs). A chemical surface treatment for making PCFs hydrophobic is introduced. This repels water from the holes of PCFs, so that their optical properties remain unchanged even when they are immersed in water. The combination of a hollow core and a water-repellent inner surface of the hydrophobic PCF provides an ultracompact dissolved-gas sensor element, which is demonstrated for the sensing of dissolved ammonia gas.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors
(060.5295) Fiber optics and optical communications : Photonic crystal fibers

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: September 22, 2011
Revised Manuscript: October 27, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: October 27, 2011
Published: November 30, 2011

Limin Xiao, T. A. Birks, and W. H. Loh, "Hydrophobic photonic crystal fibers," Opt. Lett. 36, 4662-4664 (2011)

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