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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 2014
  • pp: 3018–3021

Polymer optical microstructured fiber with birefringence induced by stress-applying elements

Pawel Mergo, Tadeusz Martynkien, and Waclaw Urbanczyk  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 10, pp. 3018-3021 (2014)

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We report on the fabrication of a birefringent microstructured PMMA fiber with polystyrene stress-applying elements located in the solid part of the cladding. A microstructured part of the cladding composed of three rings of holes was made of a technical-grade PMMA by a drilling method. The fiber shows a relatively high birefringence of the order of 4×105, which weakly depends upon wavelength in the investigated spectral range from 0.6 to 1 μm. The cross talk between polarization modes is lower than 20dB for a 1 m long fiber, while the fiber loss is about 8dB/m at 0.83 μm. We also studied the fiber response to temperature in the range from 20°C to 60°C. The temperature induced birefringence change is negative and shows a significant hysteresis in the first cycle, which gradually disappears in successive cycles.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2270) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber characterization
(060.2280) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber design and fabrication
(060.2420) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, polarization-maintaining
(060.5295) Fiber optics and optical communications : Photonic crystal fibers
(130.5460) Integrated optics : Polymer waveguides

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: March 14, 2014
Revised Manuscript: April 16, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: April 17, 2014
Published: May 14, 2014

Pawel Mergo, Tadeusz Martynkien, and Waclaw Urbanczyk, "Polymer optical microstructured fiber with birefringence induced by stress-applying elements," Opt. Lett. 39, 3018-3021 (2014)

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