Abstract

We demonstrate a general approach to splicing microfibers via polymer nanowires. Chloroform dissolved polystyrene nanowires are used to splice silica, tellurite glass, and semiconductor microfibers or nanowires, with splicing loss down to 0.51 dB. Using spliced microfiber structures, we also demonstrate microfiber ring resonators and Mach–Zehnder interferometers with high robustness. The splicing technique demonstrated here promises high potentials for robust optical integration of microfibers or nanowires for functional circuits or devices.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

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