Microstructured Polymer Optical Fibres by Maryanne C.J. Large, Leon Poladian, Geoff W. Barton, Martijn

By Maryanne C.J. Large, Leon Poladian, Geoff W. Barton, Martijn A. van Eijkelenborg

This booklet presents the reader with a transparent evaluation of the huge physique of study and improvement paintings performed within the final 5 years on microstructured polymer optical fibres (mPOFs). It discusses new purposes to be able to be unfolded by means of this rising know-how and comprises for the 1st time information about the fabrication strategy for those fibres. The ebook offers a great creation to this new know-how.

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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.

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