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Anderson localized optical fibers
Author(s): Salman Karbasi; Karl W. Koch; Arash Mafi
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Paper Abstract

Anderson localization has been a subject of fascination and intense research for more than fifty years. It is highly desirable to harness its curious and interesting properties in practical applications. We have taken a step in this direction by using this phenomenon as the wave guiding mechanism in optical fibers. We have shown, both experimentally and numerically, that for a moderate amount of disorder in optical fibers, transverse localization results in an effective propagating beam diameter that is comparable to that of a typical index-guiding optical fiber.1, 2 In this work, we investigate the effect of macro-bending on the localization properties in a disordered polymer optical fiber both experimentally and numerically. We show that macro-bending in ranges of practical interest does not significantly affect the beam propagation in Anderson localized fibers as long as the strong localization dominates the effect of bending.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 February 2013
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8632, Photonic and Phononic Properties of Engineered Nanostructures III, 863227 (21 February 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2004914
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Salman Karbasi, Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (United States)
Karl W. Koch, Corning Inc. (United States)
Arash Mafi, Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8632:
Photonic and Phononic Properties of Engineered Nanostructures III
Ali Adibi; Shawn-Yu Lin; Axel Scherer, Editor(s)

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