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Multifunctional tunable microfluidic optical fiber devices
Author(s): Peter Mach; M. Dolinski; Kirk W. Baldwin; J. A. Rogers; Charles Kerbage; Robert S. Windeler; Benjamin J. Eggleton
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Paper Abstract

By introducing microfluidic plugs into interior fiber microchannels, we have developed a new category of active, tunable optical fiber. The positions and optical properties of the fluidic plugs can be directly controlled by utilizing actuators and pumps located on the fiber surface, thereby allowing the propagation characteristics of certain optical fiber modes to be usefully adjusted. These hybrid microfluidic/silica waveguides preserve the advantages of conventional, passive optical fiber, while at the same time providing versatile tuning capabilities. Examples of variable narrow and broadband all-fiber filters are described here. These fluidic fiber devices have the potential to be important technologies for next generation optical networks.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 February 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4833, Applications of Photonic Technology 5, (17 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.474404
Show Author Affiliations
Peter Mach, Lucent Technologies (United States)
M. Dolinski, Lucent Technologies (United States)
Kirk W. Baldwin, Lucent Technologies (United States)
J. A. Rogers, Lucent Technologies (United States)
Charles Kerbage, OFS Labs. (United States)
Robert S. Windeler, OFS Labs. (United States)
Benjamin J. Eggleton, OFS Labs. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4833:
Applications of Photonic Technology 5
Roger A. Lessard; George A. Lampropoulos; Gregory W. Schinn, Editor(s)

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