Bandwidth comparison of photonic crystal fibers and conventional single mode fibers

Martin Dybendal Nielsen, Jacob Riis Folkenberg, Niels Asger Mortensen, Anders Overgaard Bjarklev

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We experimentally compare the optical bandwidth of a conventional single-mode fiber (SMF) with 3 different photonic crystal fibers (PCF) all optimized for visible applications. The spectral attenuation, single-turn bend loss, and mode-field diameters (MFD) are measured and the PCF is found to have a significantly larger bandwidth than the SMF for an identical MFD. It is shown how this advantage can be utilized for realizing a larger MFD for the PCF while maintaining a bending resistant fiber.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOptics Express
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)430-435
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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