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Novel method for manufacturing optical fiber: extrusion and drawing of microstructured polymer optical fibers from a 3D printer

Novel method for manufacturing optical fiber: extrusion and drawing of microstructured polymer optical fibers from a 3D printer
Novel method for manufacturing optical fiber: extrusion and drawing of microstructured polymer optical fibers from a 3D printer
Microstructured polymer optical fibers (MPOFs) have long attracted great interest due to their wide range of applications in biological and chemical sensing. In this manuscript, we demonstrate a novel technique of manufacturing MPOFs via a single-step procedure by mean of a 3D printer. A suspended-core polymer optical fiber has been extruded and directly drawn from a micro-structured 3D printer nozzle by using an acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) polymer. Near-field imaging at the fiber facet performed at the wavelength λ~1550 nm clearly indicates guidance in the fiber core. The propagation loss has been experimentally demonstrated to be better than α = 1.1 dB/cm. This work points toward direct MPOFs manufacturing of varieties of materials and structures of optical fibers from 3D printers using a single manufacturing step.
1094-4087
32007-32013
Talataisong, Wanvisa
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Ismaeel, Rand
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Sandoghchi, Seyed Reza
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Rutirawut, Teerapat
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Beresna, Martynas
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Brambilla, Gilberto
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Talataisong, Wanvisa
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Ismaeel, Rand
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Sandoghchi, Seyed Reza
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Rutirawut, Teerapat
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Beresna, Martynas
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Brambilla, Gilberto
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Talataisong, Wanvisa, Ismaeel, Rand, Sandoghchi, Seyed Reza, Rutirawut, Teerapat, Beresna, Martynas and Brambilla, Gilberto (2018) Novel method for manufacturing optical fiber: extrusion and drawing of microstructured polymer optical fibers from a 3D printer. Optics Express, 26 (24), 32007-32013. (doi:10.1364/OE.26.032007).

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Abstract

Microstructured polymer optical fibers (MPOFs) have long attracted great interest due to their wide range of applications in biological and chemical sensing. In this manuscript, we demonstrate a novel technique of manufacturing MPOFs via a single-step procedure by mean of a 3D printer. A suspended-core polymer optical fiber has been extruded and directly drawn from a micro-structured 3D printer nozzle by using an acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) polymer. Near-field imaging at the fiber facet performed at the wavelength λ~1550 nm clearly indicates guidance in the fiber core. The propagation loss has been experimentally demonstrated to be better than α = 1.1 dB/cm. This work points toward direct MPOFs manufacturing of varieties of materials and structures of optical fibers from 3D printers using a single manufacturing step.

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Accepted/In Press date: 19 October 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 19 November 2018
Published date: 26 November 2018

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Local EPrints ID: 425678
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/425678
ISSN: 1094-4087
PURE UUID: 422996ab-692e-429c-aff4-93fbe157b127
ORCID for Seyed Reza Sandoghchi: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2196-3167

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Date deposited: 31 Oct 2018 17:30
Last modified: 30 Jan 2020 05:07

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