Abstract

The imaging capabilities of a multicore microstructured polymer optical fibre with a square array of 112 air holes are demonstrated. Coherent imaging is achieved either by guiding light in polymer cores between air holes, or by guiding light in the air channels themselves. This potentially provides a miniaturised endoscope for medical applications, or a two-dimensional parallel optical data link for high-bandwidth interconnects.

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Appl. Opt.

IEEE Phot. Tech. Lett.

J. C. Knight, J. Arriaga, T. A. Birks, Member, IEEE, A. Ortigosa-Blanch, W. J. Wadsworth, and P. St. J. Russell, �??Anomalous Dispersion in Photonic Crystal Fiber,�?? IEEE Phot. Tech. Lett. 12, 807-9 (2000)
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Y.-M. Wong, D. J. Muehlner, C. C. Faudskar, et. al. �??Technology development of a high-density 32-channel 16-Gb/s optical data link for optical interconnection applications for the optoelectronic technology consortium (OETC),�?? J. Lightwave Tech. 13, 995-1016 (1995)
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express

Opt. Fiber Tech.

M. A. van Eijkelenborg, A. Argyros, G. Barton, I. M. Bassett, M. Fellew, G. Henry, N. A. Issa, M. C. J. Large, S. Manos, W. Padden, L. Poladian, J. Zagari, �??Recent progress in microstructured polymer optical fibre fabrication and characterization,�?? Opt. Fiber Tech. 9, 199 - 209 (2003)
[CrossRef]

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E. Hecht, Optics, Addison-Wesley Publishing (Reading, Massachusetts, 1987) 172

W. Daum, J. Krauser, P.E. Zamzow, O. Ziemann, POF Polymer Optical FIbers for Data Communication (Springer Verlag Berlin 2002), 63-6.

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Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Microscope image of a multicore 800 µm diameter microstructured polymer optical fibre with a 42 µm hole spacing.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

(Movie 256kB. Imaging MPOF.) Movie of solid-core imaging. CCD camera image of the exit face of the fibre for uniform illumination (left) and with a C shaped screen in front of the white light source.

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Fig. 3.

(Movie 807kB. Imaging mPOF air guide.) CCD camera image of the exit face of a 20 cm long fibre of 800 µm diameter demonstrating the hollow-waveguide imaging function (imaging of a single a pinhole).

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