Silica aerogel in optical fibre devices

Timothy A Birks, Michael D W Grogan, L M Xiao, Matthew D Rollings, Richard England, William J Wadsworth

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Abstract

Silica aerogel is a very light and highly porous form of silica glass, with densities and refractive indices much lower than those of ordinary solids. We describe optical interactions with aerogel surrounding tapered fibres or inside the holes of photonic crystal fibres. This enables a new class of fibre devices exploiting the properties of the aerogel as a rigid yet porous replacement for air, as a nonlinear medium and as a host for dopants. Examples include a stable package for fused couplers, a gas sensor and a nonlinear light source.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication12th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks, ICTON 2010
PublisherIEEE
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781424477975
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010
Event12th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks, ICTON 2010 - Munich, Germany
Duration: 27 Jun 20101 Jul 2010

Conference

Conference12th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks, ICTON 2010
CountryGermany
CityMunich
Period27/06/101/07/10

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    Birks, T. A., Grogan, M. D. W., Xiao, L. M., Rollings, M. D., England, R., & Wadsworth, W. J. (2010). Silica aerogel in optical fibre devices. In 12th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks, ICTON 2010 [5549052] IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICTON.2010.5549052