We report an analytic model for quantitatively calculating the transmission attenuation of single-wall hollow-core anti-resonant fibers. Our calculations unveil the light leakage dependences on azimuthal angle, polarization, and geometrical shape and have been examined in a variety of fiber geometries. Based on our model, a simple and clear picture about light guidance in hollow-core lattice fibers is presented. Formation of equiphase surface at fiber’s outermost boundary and light emission ruled by Helmholtz equation in transverse plane constitute the basis of this picture. Using this picture, we explain how the geometrical shape of a single-wall hollow-core fiber influences its transmission properties.
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