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Long-period gratings in photonic crystal fibers operating near the phase-matching turning point for evanescent chemical and biochemical sensing
Author(s): Jiri Kanka
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Paper Abstract

Fiber-optic long-period grating (LPG) operating near the dispersion turning point in its phase matching curve (PMC), referred to as a Turn Around Point (TAP) LPG, is known to be extremely sensitive to external parameters. Moreover, in a TAP LPG the phase matching condition can be almost satisfied over large spectral range, yielding a broadband LPG operation. TAP LPGs have been investigated, namely for use as broadband mode convertors and biosensors. So far TAP LPGs have been realized in specially designed or post-processed conventional fibers, not yet in PCFs, which allow a great degree of freedom in engineering the fiber's dispersion properties through the control of the PCF structural parameters. We have developed the design optimization technique for TAP PCF LPGs employing the finite element method for PCF modal analysis in a combination with the Nelder-Mead simplex method for minimizing the objective function based on target-specific PCF properties. Using this tool we have designed TAP PCF LPGs for specified wavelength ranges and refractive indices of medium in the air holes. Possible TAP PCF-LPG operational regimes - dual-resonance, broadband mode conversion and transmitted intensity-based operation - will be demonstrated numerically. Potential and limitations of TAP PCF-LPGs for evanescent chemical and biochemical sensing will be assessed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 2012
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8370, Fiber Optic Sensors and Applications IX, 837003 (4 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.918677
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Jiri Kanka, Institute of Photonics and Electronics of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8370:
Fiber Optic Sensors and Applications IX
Henry H. Du; Gary Pickrell; Eric Udd, Editor(s)

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