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Nanomechanical optical fiber

Nanomechanical optical fiber
Nanomechanical optical fiber
Optical fibers are an excellent transmission medium for light and underpin the infrastructure of the Internet, but generally after fabrication their optical properties cannot be easily modified. Here, we explore the concept of nanomechanical optical fibers where, in addition to the fiber transmission capability, the internal core structure of the fiber can also be controlled through sub-micron mechanical movements. The nanomechanical functionality of such fibers is demonstrated in the form of dual core optical fibers, in which the cores are independently suspended within the fiber. The movement-based optical change is large compared with traditional electro-optical effects and we show that optical switching of light from one core to the other is achieved through moving one core by just 8 nm.
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Lian, Zhenggang
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Horak, Peter
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Rutt, Harvey
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Lian, Zhenggang, Horak, Peter, Feng, Xian, Xiao, Limin, Frampton, Ken, White, Nicholas, Tucknott, John A., Rutt, Harvey, Payne, David N., Stewart, Will and Loh, Wei H. (2012) Nanomechanical optical fiber. Optics Express, 20 (28), 29386-29394. (doi:10.1364/OE.20.029386).

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Abstract

Optical fibers are an excellent transmission medium for light and underpin the infrastructure of the Internet, but generally after fabrication their optical properties cannot be easily modified. Here, we explore the concept of nanomechanical optical fibers where, in addition to the fiber transmission capability, the internal core structure of the fiber can also be controlled through sub-micron mechanical movements. The nanomechanical functionality of such fibers is demonstrated in the form of dual core optical fibers, in which the cores are independently suspended within the fiber. The movement-based optical change is large compared with traditional electro-optical effects and we show that optical switching of light from one core to the other is achieved through moving one core by just 8 nm.

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Published date: December 2012
Organisations: Optoelectronics Research Centre, Electronics & Computer Science

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Local EPrints ID: 347506
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/347506
ISSN: 1094-4087
PURE UUID: 74148ef3-bddb-4579-b2ed-7f36f01f1678
ORCID for Peter Horak: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8710-8764

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Date deposited: 23 Jan 2013 09:53
Last modified: 16 Aug 2019 00:36

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Author: Zhenggang Lian
Author: Peter Horak ORCID iD
Author: Xian Feng
Author: Limin Xiao
Author: Ken Frampton
Author: Nicholas White
Author: John A. Tucknott
Author: Harvey Rutt
Author: David N. Payne
Author: Will Stewart
Author: Wei H. Loh

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