Abstract

We present the experimentally determined optical bend loss for random hole optical fibers in the spectral range 1520  to 1570nm induced by wrapping the optical fiber around a fixed diameter mandrel. The optical losses are compared to those obtained for a single-mode fiber and a multimode fiber using the same bending procedures. The bending induced optical losses in the random hole optical fibers were several orders of magnitude lower than for the single-mode fiber and were about 1 order of magnitude lower than for the multimode fiber.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

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