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Making light work in photonic crystals
Author(s): Philip St.J. Russell
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Paper Abstract

Photonic crystal fiber (PCF) is a single-material all-silica structure. Initially proposed by the author in 1991, the first working example was reported at the Optical Fiber Communications Conference in 1996. In place of the conventional core and cladding, an array of microscopic air holes runs along the entire length of the fiber. Depending on the design, light can be trapped by two distinct mechanisms: a modified form of total internal reflection (at a filled-in hole) or by a photonic bandgap (e.g., at an enlarged hole). These unconventional fibers have led to a series of breakthroughs that is radically enhancing the performance of optical fibers. The disruptive implications of the new technology are just beginning to be worked out.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 May 2001
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 4416, Optical Engineering for Sensing and Nanotechnology (ICOSN 2001), (8 May 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.427022
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Philip St.J. Russell, Univ. of Bath (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4416:
Optical Engineering for Sensing and Nanotechnology (ICOSN 2001)
Koichi Iwata, Editor(s)

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