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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 2 — Jan. 15, 2014
  • pp: 295–298

Low-loss and low-bend-sensitivity mid-infrared guidance in a hollow-core–photonic-bandgap fiber

Natalie V. Wheeler, Alexander M. Heidt, Naveen K. Baddela, Eric Numkam Fokoua, John R. Hayes, Seyed R. Sandoghchi, Francesco Poletti, Marco N. Petrovich, and David J. Richardson  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 2, pp. 295-298 (2014)

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Hollow-core–photonic-bandgap fiber, fabricated from high-purity synthetic silica, with a wide operating bandwidth between 3.1 and 3.7 μm, is reported. A minimum attenuation of 0.13dB/m is achieved through a 19-cell core design with a thin core wall surround. The loss is reduced further to 0.05dB/m following a purging process to remove hydrogen chloride gas from the fiber—representing more than an order of magnitude loss reduction as compared to previously reported bandgap-guiding fibers operating in the mid-infrared. The fiber also offers a low bend sensitivity of <0.25dB per 5 cm diameter turn over a 300 nm bandwidth. Simulations are in good agreement with the achieved losses and indicate that a further loss reduction of more than a factor of 2 should be possible by enlarging the core using a 37-cell design.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2280) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber design and fabrication
(060.5295) Fiber optics and optical communications : Photonic crystal fibers

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: October 10, 2013
Revised Manuscript: November 21, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: November 22, 2013
Published: January 8, 2014

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Natalie V. Wheeler, Alexander M. Heidt, Naveen K. Baddela, Eric Numkam Fokoua, John R. Hayes, Seyed R. Sandoghchi, Francesco Poletti, Marco N. Petrovich, and David J. Richardson, "Low-loss and low-bend-sensitivity mid-infrared guidance in a hollow-core–photonic-bandgap fiber," Opt. Lett. 39, 295-298 (2014)

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