Coherent Optics - Fundamentals and Applns by W. Lauterborn, T. Kurz

By W. Lauterborn, T. Kurz

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By changing the core size of the fibre, it is also possible to make them have either very low or very high optical nonlinearity [Broderick et al. 1999]. An appealing use of this property was the development of a fibre system for supercontinuum 12 Microstructured Polymer Optical Fibres generation [Ranka et al. 2000], which has many of the attractive features of a laser (such as high intensity and coherence) but over a wide spectral range. 9 [Wadsworth et al. 2004]. A particularly significant feature of MOFs is that they offer the ability to guide light in air or other low index materials through the photonic bandgap effect [Cregan et al.

In quantum mechanics and solidstate physics, the density of states gives the number of distinct modes or states within a small range of energies. In optical waveguide theory, the analogous density of states counts the number of modes within a small range of phase velocities. Although the details are not reproduced here, this can be used [Snyder and Love 1983] to estimate the total number of bound modes and it yields the following integral for a circularly symmetric graded fibre Nmodes ∼ ( 2π 2 ) λ ∞ [n2 (r) − n2cl ]rdr.

Fiber Optic Communications. Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA. Peng, G D (2002). Prospects of POF and grating for sensing. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors, volume 1, pages 714–6, Portland, USA. Peng, G D, Liu, H Y, Chu, P L, and Wang, T (2005). Sensor applications of polymer optical Bragg gratings. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Polymer Optical Fiber, volume 14, pages 213–6, Hong Kong, China. Polishuk, P (2006). Plastic optical fibers branch out.

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