Structured optical fibres and the application of their linear and non-linear properties

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Selected Topics in Photonic Crystals and Metamaterials, 2011, pp. 505 - 532
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© 2011 by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Structured optical fibres are commonplace within optical research since many phenomena can, in the first instance, be localised and studied with greater ease within the confines of an optical waveguide, seemingly offering many alternative approaches to other existing technologies. However, this apparent ease has not translated to actual technology penetration beyond a few (but important) niche areas, with their superiority over existing technologies being unclear. Here, the linear and nonlinear properties possible with these structured fibres is reviewed and evaluated, both from a scientific and applied perspective. A case for citing complex and multiple functionality as an important motivation leading to future new technology is presented.
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