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Seeing things in a hole new light: photonic crystal fibers
Author(s): Timothy A. Birks; Jonathan C. Knight; Brian J. Mangan; Philip St.J. Russell
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Paper Abstract

In 1996 we reported the first example of a photonic crystal fibre (PCF), an entirely new class of optical fiber. Also known as holey or microstructure fibers, they incorporate air holes that run along the length of the fibers cladding. The fiber is made from a stack of close-packed silica tubes and rods that is drawn into fiber using a conventional fiber drawing tower. We have demonstrated a wide variety of PCF designs and developed the conceptual tools needed to understand their properties and guide their design. These fibers can have highly unusual properties, and look set to rewrite the fibre-optics rulebook and revolutionize the future of optical telecommunication.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 July 2001
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 4532, Active and Passive Optical Components for WDM Communication, (30 July 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.436013
Show Author Affiliations
Timothy A. Birks, Univ. of Bath (United Kingdom)
Jonathan C. Knight, Univ. of Bath (United Kingdom)
Brian J. Mangan, Univ. of Bath (United Kingdom)
Philip St.J. Russell, Univ. of Bath (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4532:
Active and Passive Optical Components for WDM Communication
Achyut Kumar Dutta; Abdul Ahad Sami Awwal; Niloy K. Dutta; Katsunari Okamoto, Editor(s)

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