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Holey fibers and their application to optical communications
Author(s): Satoki Kawanishi
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Paper Abstract

Recent progress on holey fibers is reviewed aiming at their application to optical communications. A holey fiber has an array ofair holes surrounding the silica core region. Light is confined to the core by the refractive index difference between the core and the cladding ofthe array of air holes. Holey fibers have special characteristics compared with conventional single mode fibers. One is that the zero dispersion wavelength is shifted to less than 1300 nm and therefore, high-speed transmission at the short wavelength region is possible. Another characteristic is that strong birefringence can be established by designing the size or arrangement of the air holes and is expected to realize a polarization maintaining fiber with high birefringence on the order of 1 x iO. This talk will describe the technology needed to design and fabricate holey fibers. Recent experimental results of a holey fiber with zero dispersion wavelength of 8 1 0 nm and a polarization-maintaining lowloss (1.3 dB/km) holey fiber are shown. The possibility oftheir application to optical communications is discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 July 2002
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4870, Active and Passive Optical Components for WDM Communications II, (11 July 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.475551
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Satoki Kawanishi, NTT Network Innovation Labs. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4870:
Active and Passive Optical Components for WDM Communications II
Achyut Kumar Dutta; Abdul Ahad Sami Awwal; Niloy K. Dutta; Katsunari Okamoto, Editor(s)

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