Optical devices based on tunable scattering material in air-silica microstructured fiber

P. Mach, C. E. Kerbage, P. Wiltzius, R. S. Windeler, J. A. Rogers, B. J. Eggleton

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Abstract

Summary form only given. We present a new class of tunable optical devices based on the incorporation of scattering material into air-holes of an air-silica microstructured fiber. Previous examples of tunable guiding properties in optical fibers have relied on achieving bulk changes in the refractive index of infused material, such as polymer. In contrast, our devices rely on the use of a material whose refractive index varies spatially on a scale comparable to the light wavelength, thus giving rise to scattering. Our ability to adjust the magnitude of the scattering cross section offers a novel mechanism for manipulating light propagation in these fibers. We use polymer-dispersed liquid-crystal (PDLC) as the tunable scattering agent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTechnical Digest - Summaries of Papers Presented at the Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference, QELS 2001
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages167-168
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)155752663X, 9781557526632
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001
EventQuantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference, QELS 2001 - Baltimore, United States
Duration: May 6 2001May 11 2001

Publication series

NameTechnical Digest - Summaries of Papers Presented at the Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference, QELS 2001

Other

OtherQuantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference, QELS 2001
CountryUnited States
CityBaltimore
Period5/6/015/11/01

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Radiation

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