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Opening Optical Fibers Without Sacrificing Robustness

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A microstructured fiber enables access to the core for sensing and other applications.

Felicity M. Cox, Maryanne C.J. Large and Richard Lwin, University of Sydney, and Cristiano M.B. Cordeiro, State University of Campinas

Access to the core of an optical fiber is required for many applications, including evanescent wave sensing. Direct access to the core of conventional optical fibers has been achieved typically by removing the fiber cladding by etching or by tapering anywhere along the fiber. These processes leave the device fragile and, thus, limited in length because of the fragility. Figure 1. A polymer microstructured optical fiber is a robust alternative to the etching or tapering processes. A robust alternative is the microstructured optical fiber (Figure 1). These fibers are like drinking...Read full article

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