Abstract

We demonstrate the first fluorozirconate microstructured fiber for use in the mid-infrared. The fiber preform was manufactured via extrusion of a 200 g billet through a complex graphite die. The fiber exhibits large mode area of 6600 μm2, loss of 3 dB/m at 4 μm and only marginal excess loss relative to a corresponding unstructured fiber.

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