Abstract

For development of hollow-core transmission fibers, the realizable fibers lengths, bandwidth, characterization, and compatibility with standard technology are important issues. We report record-length air-guiding fiber,spectral properties, splicing, and optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR) measurements. Furthermore, spectral macrobending loss measurements for two different designs of air-core photonic bandgap fibers are presented. While bending loss is observed, it does not limit operation for all practical bending diameters (>5 mm).

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R. F. Cregan, B. J. Mangan, J. C. Knight, T. A. Birks, P. St. J. Russell, P. J. Roberts and D. C. Allan, "Single-mode photonic band gap guidance of light in air", Science, vol. 285, pp. 1537-1539, 1999.

J. B. West, J. C. Fajardo, M. T. Gallagher, K. W. Koch, N. F. Borrelli and D. C. Allan, "Demonstration of an IR-optimized air-core photonic band-gap fiber", in ECOC 2000 Proc., Munich, Germany, 2000,paper no. 10.2.3.

N. Venkataraman, M. T. Gallagher, C. M. Smith, D. Müller, J. A. West, K. W. Koch and J. C. Fajardo, "Low loss (13 dB/km) air core photonic band-gap fiber", in ECOC 2002 Proc., Copenhagen, Denmark, 2002, post-deadline paper no. PD1.1.

T. Sorensen, J. Broeng, A. Bjarklev, E. Knudsen and S. E. B. Libori, "Macro-bending loss properties of photonic crystal fiber", Electron. Lett., vol. 37, pp. 287-289, 2001.

E. Knudsen, A. Bjarklev, J. Broeng and S. E. Barkou, "Macro-bending loss estimation for air-guiding photonic crystal fibers", in OFS 2000, 14th Int. Conf. Optical Fiber Sensors, 2000,paper FR 4-4,. pp. 904-907.

T. P. Hansen, J. Broeng, C. Jakobsen, G. Vienne, H. R. Simonsen, M. D. Nielsen, P. M. W. Skovgaard, J. R. Folkenberg and A. Bjarklev, "Air-guidance over 345 m large-core photonic bandgap fiber", in OFC 2003 Proc., Atlanta, GA, 2003,post-deadline paper PD4-1.

C. M. Smith, N. Venkataraman, M. T. Gallagher, D. Müller, J. A. West, N. F. Borrelli, D. C. Allan and K. W. Koch, "Low-loss hollow-core silica/air photonic bandgap fiber", Nature, vol. 424, pp. 657-659, 2003.

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