14 May 2010 Photonic crystal fiber filled with a high index electro-optic polymer
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Abstract
We have investigated different possibilities to fill a Photonic Crystal Fibers (PCF) with an electro-optic (EO) polymer. As the EO polymers are generally solution processed, the solvents have to be removed from the holes of the PCF after filling with the liquid polymer, leaving a solid polymer layer. Repeated filling is required to create a multilayer of the EO polymer to fill about 80% of the volume of the holes. The remaining volume can be filled with a epoxy monomer and cured. Because of time consuming repeated steps in the solvent processing, solvent free single step filling processes are also presented. Polability of these different systems and their final attainable properties are compared. Considering the high refractive index of the polymer materials, possible applications e.g. for antiresonant guiding with variations of the transmission bandgaps are discussed.
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Muralidharan Balakrishnan, Ron Spittel, Jens Kobelke, Kay Schuster, Volker Reichel, Hartmut Bartelt, "Photonic crystal fiber filled with a high index electro-optic polymer", Proc. SPIE 7714, Photonic Crystal Fibers IV, 77140Q (14 May 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.853880; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.853880
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