The dramatic progress in power-scaling of ultra-short pulse (USP) lasers and their growing use in industrial applications call for flexible and robust beam delivery systems (BDS) over several meters with no temporal or modal distortions. Inhibited coupling (IC) hypocycloid Kagome hollow-core photonic crystal fiber (HC-PCF) has recently proved to be an excellent solution for guiding these USP. In order to reduce further the attenuation of such fiber and then to increase the BDS capabilities, we report on an optimized IC Kagome HC-PCF exhibiting record loss level (8.5dB/km at 1030nm) associated with a 225nm wide 3-dB bandwidth and low bend sensitivity.
B. Debord, M. Maurel, A. Amsanpally, M. Adnan, B. Beaudou, J. M. Blondy, L. Vincetti, F. Gérôme, and F. Benabid, "Ultra-low loss (8.5 dB/km @ Yb-laser wavelength range) inhibited-coupling Kagome HC-PCF for laser beam delivery applications," Proc. SPIE 10094, Frontiers in Ultrafast Optics: Biomedical, Scientific, and Industrial Applications XVII, 100941M (Presented at SPIE LASE: February 02, 2017; Published: 17 February 2017); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2251889.
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