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26 March 2002 Microstructured polymer optical fibers: progress and promise
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Proceedings Volume 4616, Optical Fibers and Sensors for Medical Applications II; (2002)
Event: International Symposium on Biomedical Optics, 2002, San Jose, CA, United States
Microstructured optical fibres (MOFs) have aroused great interest in recent years because of their unusual optical properties. These include their ability to be effectively single moded over a very large range of wavelengths, tailorisable dispersion, high or low non-linearity(depending on the hole design) and large core single mode fibres. We have recently fabricated the first Microstructured Polymer Optical Fibres (MPOFs), which further extend the range of possibilities in MOFs. The properties of polymers can be tailored to specific applications (eg:made highly non-linear or having gain) in a way that is not possible in glass. Further, the large range of fabrication methods available in polymers, including casting and extrusion, mean that the structures that can be obtained are very difficult to make by capillary stacking- the method used in glass MOFs. Here we present the latest results from our group using MPOFs, including single mode fibre and Bragg fibres.
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Maryanne C. J. Large, Martijn A. van Eijkelenborg, Alexander Argyros, Joseph Zagari, Steven Manos, Nader A. Issa, Ian M. Bassett, Simon C. Fleming, Ross C. McPhedran, Martijn de Sterke, and Nicolae A. P. Nicorovici "Microstructured polymer optical fibers: progress and promise", Proc. SPIE 4616, Optical Fibers and Sensors for Medical Applications II, (26 March 2002);

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