The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

ARROW guiding silicon photonic crystal fibres

Healy, N., Sparks, J.R., He, R.R., Sazio, P.J.A., Badding, J.V. and Peacock, A.C. (2011) ARROW guiding silicon photonic crystal fibres At CLEO/Europe-EQEC 2011 22-26 May 2011, Georgia. 22 - 26 May 2011. 1 pp.

Record type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)


In this paper we describe a new class of silicon photonic crystal fibre (SiPCF) that brings together two powerful optical technologies, the photonic crystal fibre (PCF) and the semiconductor optical fibre. The PCF is now a well established fibre paradigm that has proven to be a very versatile waveguide and has found applications in nonlinear optics, fibre lasers, and sensors. The versatility of the PCF is due to its microstructured cladding which enables complex manipulation of the waveguide’s characteristics, and also allows for enhanced light interaction with materials that are infiltrated into the cladding voids. The most typical form of semiconductor optical fibre has a fused silica cladding and guides light in the high refractive index semiconductor core. Although semiconductor optical fibres are a nascent technology, practical applications, such as nonlinear pulse shaping and all optical modulation, have begun to emerge in the last couple of years. However, material losses are currently preventing this fibre type from becoming a major disruptive technology and, with this in mind, we present the first steps to decouple the functionality of the semiconductor from its material losses. We achieve this by filling the holes of a modified total internal reflection guiding silica PCF with hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) inclusions. We will show that the resulting SiPCF guides light in the low loss core via the antiresonant reflecting optical waveguiding (ARROW) mechanism.

PDF 5071.pdf - Other
Download (515kB)

More information

e-pub ahead of print date: May 2011
Published date: May 2011
Additional Information: CE4.1
Venue - Dates: CLEO/Europe-EQEC 2011 22-26 May 2011, Georgia, 2011-05-22 - 2011-05-26
Organisations: Optoelectronics Research Centre


Local EPrints ID: 341414
ISBN: 978-1-4577-0532-8
PURE UUID: ed231433-632e-4190-8bba-86c94e48a7f0
ORCID for P.J.A. Sazio: ORCID iD
ORCID for A.C. Peacock: ORCID iD

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 23 Jul 2012 13:54
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:36

Export record


Author: N. Healy
Author: J.R. Sparks
Author: R.R. He
Author: P.J.A. Sazio ORCID iD
Author: J.V. Badding
Author: A.C. Peacock ORCID iD

University divisions

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton:

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.