Tunable photonic bandgap fiber based devices for optical networks

Thomas Tanggaard Alkeskjold, Lara Scolari, Karsten Rottwitt, Anders Overgaard Bjarklev, Christophe Peucheret

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In future all optical networks one of the enabling technologies is tunable elements including reconfigurable routers, switches etc. Thus, the development of a technology platform that allows construction of tuning components is critical. Lately, microstructured optical fibers, filled with liquid crystals, have proven to be a candidate for such a platform. Microstructured optical fibers offer unique wave-guiding properties that are strongly related to the design of the air holes in the cladding of the fiber. These wave-guiding properties may be altered by filling the air holes with a material, for example a liquid crystal that changes optical properties when subjected to, for example, an optical or an electrical field. The utilization of these two basic properties allows design of tunable optical devices for optical networks. In this work, we focus on applications of such devices and discuss recent results.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICTON 2005 proceedings
Publication date2005
ISBN (Print)0-7803-9236-1
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Event7th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 3 Jul 20057 Jul 2005
Conference number: 7


Conference7th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks

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