Abstract

We provide what is to our knowledge the first direct confirmation that light can be guided in a holey fiber with randomly distributed air holes in the cladding. We also show that many of the features previously attributed to periodic holey fibers, in particular, single-mode guidance at all wavelengths, can also be obtained with random holey fibers. We provide insight into exactly how sensitive a holey fiber’s optical properties are to the details of the cladding profile.

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  4. P. J. Bennett, T. M. Monro, and D. J. Richardson, Opt. Lett. 24, 1203 (1999).
    [CrossRef]
  5. T. M. Monro, D. J. Richardson, and N. G. Broderick, in Digest of Optical Fiber Conference (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1999), paper FG3.
  6. T. M. Monro, D. J. Richardson, and P. J. Bennett, Electron. Lett. 35, 1188 (1999).
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1999 (3)

1998 (1)

J. C. Knight, J. Broeng, T. A. Birks, and P. St. J. Russell, Science 282, 1476 (1998).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1996 (1)

Atkin, D. M.

Bennett, P. J.

Birks, T. A.

J. C. Knight, J. Broeng, T. A. Birks, and P. St. J. Russell, Science 282, 1476 (1998).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. C. Knight, T. A. Birks, P. St. J. Russell, and D. M. Atkin, Opt. Lett. 21, 1547 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Broderick, N. G.

T. M. Monro, D. J. Richardson, and N. G. Broderick, in Digest of Optical Fiber Conference (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1999), paper FG3.

Broderick, N. G. R.

Broeng, J.

J. C. Knight, J. Broeng, T. A. Birks, and P. St. J. Russell, Science 282, 1476 (1998).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Knight, J. C.

J. C. Knight, J. Broeng, T. A. Birks, and P. St. J. Russell, Science 282, 1476 (1998).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. C. Knight, T. A. Birks, P. St. J. Russell, and D. M. Atkin, Opt. Lett. 21, 1547 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Monro, T. M.

T. M. Monro, D. J. Richardson, N. G. R. Broderick, and P. J. Bennett, J. Lightwave Technol. 17, 1093 (1999).
[CrossRef]

T. M. Monro, D. J. Richardson, and P. J. Bennett, Electron. Lett. 35, 1188 (1999).
[CrossRef]

P. J. Bennett, T. M. Monro, and D. J. Richardson, Opt. Lett. 24, 1203 (1999).
[CrossRef]

T. M. Monro, D. J. Richardson, and N. G. Broderick, in Digest of Optical Fiber Conference (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1999), paper FG3.

Richardson, D. J.

P. J. Bennett, T. M. Monro, and D. J. Richardson, Opt. Lett. 24, 1203 (1999).
[CrossRef]

T. M. Monro, D. J. Richardson, and P. J. Bennett, Electron. Lett. 35, 1188 (1999).
[CrossRef]

T. M. Monro, D. J. Richardson, N. G. R. Broderick, and P. J. Bennett, J. Lightwave Technol. 17, 1093 (1999).
[CrossRef]

T. M. Monro, D. J. Richardson, and N. G. Broderick, in Digest of Optical Fiber Conference (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1999), paper FG3.

Russell, P. St. J.

J. C. Knight, J. Broeng, T. A. Birks, and P. St. J. Russell, Science 282, 1476 (1998).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. C. Knight, T. A. Birks, P. St. J. Russell, and D. M. Atkin, Opt. Lett. 21, 1547 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Electron. Lett. (1)

T. M. Monro, D. J. Richardson, and P. J. Bennett, Electron. Lett. 35, 1188 (1999).
[CrossRef]

J. Lightwave Technol. (1)

Opt. Lett. (2)

Science (1)

J. C. Knight, J. Broeng, T. A. Birks, and P. St. J. Russell, Science 282, 1476 (1998).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Other (1)

T. M. Monro, D. J. Richardson, and N. G. Broderick, in Digest of Optical Fiber Conference (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1999), paper FG3.

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

(a) Random HF with d=0.3 µm, Λ=2.0 µm, and 70 holes. (b) Reconstruction of this HF with our modal decomposition.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

(a) Random HF with d=0.3 µm, Λ=2.0 µm, and 70 holes. The fundamental mode at 1 µm is superimposed. (b) Same as (a) except with 60 holes. (c) Same as (b) except d=0.4 µm.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

GVD histogram for a range of random HF’s (see text).

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

HF with random hole positions and hole sizes (d=00.6 µm, Λ=2.0 µm, and 80 holes). The fundamental mode at 1 µm is superimposed.

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Table 1 Properties of the Fundamental Modes for the Fibers from Fig. 2

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