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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2012
  • pp: 2601–2603

Microdroplet-etched highly birefringent low-loss fiber tapers

Jared C. Mikkelsen and Joyce K. S. Poon  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 13, pp. 2601-2603 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.37.002601


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Abstract

We use hydrofluoric acid microdroplets to directly etch highly birefringent biconical fiber tapers from standard single-mode fibers. The fiber tapers have micrometer-sized cross sections, which are controlled by the etching condition. The characteristic teardrop cross section leads to a high group birefringence of BG0.017 and insertion losses <0.7dB over waist lengths of about 2.1 mm.

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OCIS Codes
(220.4000) Optical design and fabrication : Microstructure fabrication
(220.4610) Optical design and fabrication : Optical fabrication
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 5, 2012
Revised Manuscript: May 4, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: May 5, 2012
Published: June 22, 2012

Citation
Jared C. Mikkelsen and Joyce K. S. Poon, "Microdroplet-etched highly birefringent low-loss fiber tapers," Opt. Lett. 37, 2601-2603 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-37-13-2601


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