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OSE6938P - ST: Optical-Fiber Devices: Physics and Applications

The aim of this class is to present a coherent view of the spectacular recent developments in the field of optical-fiber-based devices that make use of a new generation of optical fiber designs. Knowledge of Optical fiber has undergone dramatic change over the last decade, and the range of applications has consequently expanded to cover a plethora of unconventional uses.


  • Familiarity with electromagnetic concepts and traditional index-guided optical fibers are essential.

Suggested reading

  • J. D. Joannopoulos et al., "Photonic Crystals: Molding the Flow of Light, 2nd Ed." Princeton Univ. Press, Princeton, 2008
  • B. E. A. Saleh and M. C. Teich, "Fundamentals of Photonics, 2nd Ed." John Wiley, New York, 2007

Course outline

  1. Introduction
    • Optical fibers for telecommunications
    • The development of photonic crystal fibers
    • Electromagnetic waves at an interface
    • Light-matter interaction: Optical scattering; Absorption and dispersion; Nonlinear optics
  2. Optical fiber waveguides
    • Mechanisms for optical reflection: Metallic reflection; total internal reflection; Bragg reflection; photonic bandgap mirrors
    • Optical waveguide architectures in 2D
    • Index-guided fibers: Step-index and graded-index fibers; Microstructured fibers; Photonic crystal fibers
    • Photonic bandgap fibers: Bragg fibers; Holey fibers
    • Fiber modes and modal dispersion
  3. Fabrication of optical fibers
    • Fiber materials: Oxide glasses; Chalcogenide glasses; Polymers; Metals
    • Preform fabrication
    • Thermal drawing in the viscous state
    • Extrusion
    • Post-fabrication modification of fibers: Fiber poling; Fiber tapering; etc.
    • Fabrication of crystalline fibers
    • Characterization of optical fibers
  4. Fiber sensors
    • Stress/pressure sensing
    • Optical fiber gyroscopes
    • Optical/thermal detection
  5. Elements of nonlinear fiber optics
    • Nonlinear propagation in an optical fiber
    • Self-phase modulation
    • Soliton propagation
    • Stimulated Raman scattering
    • Stimulated Brillouin scattering
    • Parametric processes
    • Supercontinuum generation
    • Nonlinear optical fiber devices
  6. Novel applications
    • Hollow-core fibers as gas cells
    • Micro- and nano-particle guidance in hollow-core fibers
    • Nonlinear and quantum optics in the gas- or liquid-phase in hollow-core fibers
    • Entangled-photon generation in nonlinear fibers
    • Fiber nanowires
    • Tapered nano-probes for near-field scanning optical microscopy
    • Optoelectronic fibers
    • Large-area fiber sensors and fabrics

The new generation of optical fibers




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