Abstract

We present the design of a short broadband fiber directional coupler for terahertz (THz) radiation and demonstrate a 3dB coupler with a bandwidth of 0.6THz centered at 1.4THz. The broadband coupling is achieved by mechanically downdoping the cores of a dual-core photonic crystal fiber by microstructuring the cores. This is equivalent to chemical downdoping but is easier to realize experimentally.

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