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Polymer optical fibres: conventional and microstructured fibres
Author(s): Alexander Argyros; Sergio G. Leon-Saval; Richard Lwin; Richard Provo; Stuart G. Murdoch; John D. Harvey; Jessienta Anthony; Rainer Leonhardt; Alessandro Tuniz; Boris T. Kuhlmey; Simon C. Fleming
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Paper Abstract

Polymer optical fibres (POF) have historically focused on applications in data transmission over short distances, using highly multimode step-index or graded-index fibre designs. This paper will focus on a qualitatively different type of polymer fibres - microstructured polymer optical fibres (mPOF) - which allow a wider variety of fibre designs and optical properties to be achieved. Fibres with similar properties to conventional step- and graded-index POF can be made for data transmission applications, as well as single-mode fibres which can be used for grating inscription and gratingbased sensing. The use of microstructures can also be extended to longer wavelengths for the transmission of THz radiation, and both solid-core and hollow-core mPOF-based THz waveguides have been demonstrated. Finally, the development and extension of mPOF to form metal-dielectric structures for the manufacture of metamaterials using fibre-drawing methods will be discussed. Such drawn-metamaterials with electric and magnetic responses at THz frequencies have been demonstrated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 February 2012
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8237, Fiber Lasers IX: Technology, Systems, and Applications, 82370X (15 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.916068
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Alexander Argyros, The Univ. of Sydney (Australia)
Sergio G. Leon-Saval, The Univ. of Sydney (Australia)
Richard Lwin, The Univ. of Sydney (Australia)
Richard Provo, The Univ. of Auckland (New Zealand)
Stuart G. Murdoch, The Univ. of Auckland (New Zealand)
John D. Harvey, The Univ. of Auckland (New Zealand)
Jessienta Anthony, The Univ. of Auckland (New Zealand)
Rainer Leonhardt, The Univ. of Auckland (New Zealand)
Alessandro Tuniz, The Univ. of Sydney (Australia)
Boris T. Kuhlmey, The Univ. of Sydney (Australia)
Simon C. Fleming, The Univ. of Sydney (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8237:
Fiber Lasers IX: Technology, Systems, and Applications
Eric C. Honea; Sami T. Hendow, Editor(s)

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