Confinement losses in microstructured optical fibers

T. P. White*, R. C. McPhedran, C. M. De Sterke, L. C. Botten, M. J. Steel

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We describe a multipole formulation that can be used for high-accuracy calculations of the full complex propagation constant of a microstructured optical fiber with a finite number of holes. We show how the imaginary part of the microstructure, which describes confinement losses not associated with absorption, varies with hole size, the number of rings of holes, and wavelength, and give the minimum number of rings of holes required for a specific loss for given parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1660-1662
Number of pages3
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2001
Externally publishedYes


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