Abstract

We present the results of numerical simulations of the modal properties of Photonic Band Gap Fibers (PBGFs) in which a structural distortion of the silica ring surrounding the air core is gradually introduced. We demonstrate that surface modes supported within such fibers are very sensitive to structural distortions, and that any asymmetric change in the structure can break their degeneracy resulting in associated changes in the anticrossing behavior of the orthogonally polarized core modes, and the development of polarization dependent transmission properties. Our results provide insight into recent experimental observations of wavelength dependent PDL and birefringence in PBGFs.

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IEEE Photonics Technol. Lett.

K. Saitoh and M. Koshiba, �??Photonic bandgap fibers with high birefringence,�?? IEEE Photonics Technol. Lett. 14, 1291�??1293, (2002).
[CrossRef]

IEEE Trans. Microwave Theory Tech.

P. R. McIsaac, �??Symmetry-induced modal characteristics of uniform waveguides. i. summary of results,�?? IEEE Trans. Microwave Theory Tech. 23, 421�??429, (1975).

Nature

C. M. Smith, N. Venkataraman, M. T. Gallagher, D. Muller, J. A. West, N. F. Borrelli, D. C. Allan, and K. W. Koch, �??Low-loss hollow-core silica/air photonic bandgap fibre,�?? Nature 424, 657�??659, (2003
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express

T. D. Engeness, M. Ibanescu, S. G. Johnson, O. Weisberg, M. Skorobogatiy, S. Jacobs, and Y. Fink, �??Dispersion tailoring and compensation by modal interactions in omniguide fibers,�?? Opt. Express 11, 1175�??1196, (2003), <a href="http://www.opticsexpress.org/abstract.cfm?URI=OPEX-11-10-1175">http://www.opticsexpress.org/abstract.cfm?URI=OPEX-11-10-1175</a>

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[CrossRef]

G. Humbert, J. C. Knight, G. Bouwmans, P. S. Russell, D. P. Williams, P. J. Roberts, and B. J. Mangan, �??Hollow core photonic crystal fibers for beam delivery,�?? Opt. Express 12, 1477�??1484, (2004), <a href="http://www.opticsexpress.org/abstract.cfm?URI=OPEX-12-8-1477 ">http://www.opticsexpress.org/abstract.cfm?URI=OPEX-12-8-1477</a>
[CrossRef]

J. A. West, C. M. Smith, N. F. Borrelli, D. C. Allan, and K. W. Koch, �??Surface modes in air-core photonic band-gap fibers,�?? Opt. Express 12, 1485�??1496 (2004), <a href="http://www.opticsexpress.org/abstract.cfm?URI=OPEX-12-8-1485">http://www.opticsexpress.org/abstract.cfm?URI=OPEX-12-8-1485,/a>
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

P. J. Roberts, F. Couny, H. Sabert, B. J. Mangan, D. P. Williams, L. Farr, M. W. Mason, A. Tomlinson, T. A. Birks, J. C. Knight, and P. S. J. Russell, �??Ultimate low loss of hollow-core photonic crystal fibres,�?? Opt. Express 13, 236�??244, (2005), <a href="http://www.opticsexpress.org/abstract.cfm?URI=OPEX-13-1-236">http://www.opticsexpress.org/abstract.cfm?URI=OPEX-13-1-236</a>
[CrossRef]

M. Wegmuller, M. Legre, N. Gisin, T. P. Hansen, C. Jacobsen, and J. Broeng, �??Experimental investigation of the polarization properties of a hollow core photonic bandgap fiber for 1550 nm,�?? Opt. Express 13, 1457�??1467 (2005), <a href="http://www.opticsexpress.org/abstract.cfm?URI=OPEX-13-5-1457">http://www.opticsexpress.org/abstract.cfm?URI=OPEX-13-5-1457</a>
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett.

Proc. SPIE

D. C. Allan, N. F. Borrelli, M. T. Gallagher, D. Muller, C. M. Smith, N. Venkataraman, J. A.West, P. Zhang, and K. W. Koch, �??Surface modes and loss in air-core photonic band-gap fibers,�?? in Photonic Crystal Materials and Devices, Proc. SPIE 5000, 161�??174, (2003).

Science

R. F. Cregan, B. J. Mangan, J. C. Knight, T. A. Birks, P. S. Russell, P. J. Roberts, and D. C. Allan, �??Single-mode photonic band gap guidance of light in air,�?? Science 285, 1537�??1539, (1999).
[CrossRef]

D. G. Ouzounov, F. R. Ahmad, D. Muller, N. Venkataraman, M. T. Gallagher, M. G. Thomas, J. Silcox, K. W. Koch, and A. L. Gaeta, �??Generation of megawatt optical solitons in hollow-core photonic band-gap fibers,�?? Science 301, 1702�??1704, (2003).
[CrossRef]

Other

T. J. Stephens, R. R. Maier, J. S. Barton and J. D. C. Jones, �??Fused silica hollow-core photonic crystal fibre for mid-infrared transmission,�?? presented at Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO); Postconference Digest, CPDD4, 16-21 May 2004, San Francisco, CA, USA, (2004).

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