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Ultralow thermal sensitivity of phase and propagation delay in hollow core optical fibres

Ultralow thermal sensitivity of phase and propagation delay in hollow core optical fibres
Ultralow thermal sensitivity of phase and propagation delay in hollow core optical fibres
Propagation time through an optical fibre changes with the environment, e.g., a change in temperature alters the fibre length and its refractive index. These changes have negligible impact in many key fibre applications, e.g., telecommunications, however, they can be detrimental in many others. Examples are fibre-based interferometry (e.g., for precise measurement and sensing) and fibre-based transfer and distribution of accurate time and frequency. Here we show through two independent experiments that hollow-core photonic bandgap fibres have a significantly smaller sensitivity to temperature variations than traditional solid-core fibres. The 18 times improvement observed, over 3 times larger than previously reported, makes them the most environmentally insensitive fibre technology available and a promising candidate for many next-generation fibre systems applications that are sensitive to drifts in optical phase or absolute propagation delay.
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Slavík, Radan, Marra, Giuseppe, Numkam Fokoua, Eric, Baddela, Naveen, Wheeler, Natalie V., Petrovich, Marco, Poletti, Francesco and Richardson, David J. (2015) Ultralow thermal sensitivity of phase and propagation delay in hollow core optical fibres. Scientific Reports, 5 (15447), 1-7. (doi:10.1038/srep15447).

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Abstract

Propagation time through an optical fibre changes with the environment, e.g., a change in temperature alters the fibre length and its refractive index. These changes have negligible impact in many key fibre applications, e.g., telecommunications, however, they can be detrimental in many others. Examples are fibre-based interferometry (e.g., for precise measurement and sensing) and fibre-based transfer and distribution of accurate time and frequency. Here we show through two independent experiments that hollow-core photonic bandgap fibres have a significantly smaller sensitivity to temperature variations than traditional solid-core fibres. The 18 times improvement observed, over 3 times larger than previously reported, makes them the most environmentally insensitive fibre technology available and a promising candidate for many next-generation fibre systems applications that are sensitive to drifts in optical phase or absolute propagation delay.

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Published date: 22 October 2015
Organisations: Optoelectronics Research Centre

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Local EPrints ID: 386184
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/386184
PURE UUID: a9df3b49-893b-4fe4-a7c8-60216dacc888
ORCID for Radan Slavík: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-9336-4262
ORCID for Eric Numkam Fokoua: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0873-911X
ORCID for Natalie V. Wheeler: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1265-9510
ORCID for Marco Petrovich: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3905-5901
ORCID for Francesco Poletti: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1000-3083
ORCID for David J. Richardson: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7751-1058

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Date deposited: 21 Jan 2016 10:06
Last modified: 10 Dec 2019 01:57

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