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Materials 2014, 7(9), 6120-6129; doi:10.3390/ma7096120

Photonic Bandgap Propagation in All-Solid Chalcogenide Microstructured Optical Fibers

Glasses and Ceramics Group, Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes, University of Rennes 1, 35042 Rennes Cedex, France
Aix-Marseille Université, CNRS, Centrale Marseille, Institut Fresnel UMR 7249, 13013 Marseille, France
PERFOS, Platform of Photonics Bretagne, 22300 Lannion, France
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Received: 23 June 2014 / Revised: 18 July 2014 / Accepted: 4 August 2014 / Published: 26 August 2014
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An original way to obtain fibers with special chromatic dispersion and single-mode behavior is to consider microstructured optical fibers (MOFs). These fibers present unique optical properties thanks to the high degree of freedom in the design of their geometrical structure. In this study, the first all-solid all-chalcogenide MOFs exhibiting photonic bandgap transmission have been achieved and optically characterized. The fibers are made of an As38Se62 matrix, with inclusions of Te20As30Se50 glass that shows a higher refractive index (n = 2.9). In those fibers, several transmission bands have been observed in mid infrared depending on the geometry. In addition, for the first time, propagation by photonic bandgap effect in an all-chalcogenide MOF has been observed at 3.39 µm, 9.3 µm, and 10.6 µm. The numerical simulations based on the optogeometric properties of the fibers agree well with the experimental characterizations. View Full-Text
Keywords: chalcogenide glasses; infrared fibers; microstructured optical fibers (MOFs); photonic bandgap fibers chalcogenide glasses; infrared fibers; microstructured optical fibers (MOFs); photonic bandgap fibers

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Caillaud, C.; Renversez, G.; Brilland, L.; Mechin, D.; Calvez, L.; Adam, J.-L.; Troles, J. Photonic Bandgap Propagation in All-Solid Chalcogenide Microstructured Optical Fibers. Materials 2014, 7, 6120-6129.

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