Bendable, low-loss Topas fibers for the terahertz frequency range

Kristian Nielsen, Henrik K. Rasmussen, Aurèle J.L. Adam, Paul C M. Planken, Ole Bang, Peter Uhd Jepsen

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Abstract

We report on a new class of polymer photonic crystal fibers for low-loss guidance of THz radiation. The use of the cyclic olefin copolymer Topas, in combination with advanced fabrication technology, results in bendable THz fibers with unprecedented low loss and low material dispersion in the THz regime.We demonstrate experimentally how the dispersion may be engineered by fabricating both high- and low-dispersion fibers with zero-dispersion frequency in the regime 0.5-0.6 THz. Near-field, frequency resolved characterization with high spatial resolution of the amplitude and phase of the modal structure proves that the fiber is single-moded over a wide frequency range, and we see the onset of higher-order modes at high frequencies as well as indication of microporous guiding at low frequencies and high porosity of the fiber. Transmission spectroscopy demonstrates low-loss propagation (<0.1 dB/cm loss at 0.6 THz) over a wide frequency range
Original languageEnglish
JournalOptics Express
Volume17
Issue number10
Pages (from-to)8592-8601
ISSN1094-4087
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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