Identification of Bloch-modes in hollow-core Photonic Crystal Fiber cladding

F. Couny, F. Benabid, John Roberts, M.T. Burnett, S.A. Maier

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We report on the experimental visualization of the cladding Bloch-modes of a hollow-core photonic crystal fiber. Both spectral and spatial field information is extracted using the approach, which is based on measurement of the near-field and Fresnel-zone that results after propagation over a short length of fiber. A detailed study of the modes near the edges of the band gap shows that it is formed by the influence of three types of resonator: the glass interstitial apex, the silica strut which joins the neighboring apexes, and the air hole. The cladding electromagnetic field which survives the propagation is found to be spatially coherent and to contain contributions from just a few types of cladding mode.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOptics Express
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)325-338
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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