Abstract

We present a new experimental technique for measurement of the refractive index of a photonic crystal fiber (PCF) fundamental mode. We demonstrate that the phase refractive index of the PCF mode can be estimated by analyzing a phase shift of interfering adjacent longitudinal laser modes of a continuous-wave laser corresponding to a shift from constructive to destructive interference. The experimental results are in very good agreement with numerically simulated phase refractive index values.

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