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).

© 2004 IEEE

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