Anti-resonance, inhibited coupling and mode transition in depressed core fibers

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  • Xiaokang Lian
  • Gerald Farrell
  • Qiang Wu
  • Wei Han
  • Changyu Shen
  • Youqiao Ma
  • Yuliya Semenova

External departments

  • China Jiliang University
  • Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology
  • Technological University Dublin
  • Trinity College Dublin


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16526-16541
Number of pages16
JournalOptics Express
Issue number11
Early online date18 May 2020
Publication statusPublished - 25 May 2020
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The depressed core fiber (DCF), consisting of a low-index solid core, a high-index cladding and air surrounding, is in effect a bridge between the conventional step-index fiber and the tube-type hollow-core fiber from the point of view of the index profile. In this paper the dispersion diagram of a DCF is obtained by solving the full-vector eigenvalue equations and analyzed using the theory of anti-resonant and the inhibited coupling mechanisms. While light propagation in tube-type hollow-core fibers is commonly described by the symmetric planar waveguide model, here we propose an asymmetric planar waveguide for the DCFs in an anti-resonant reflecting optical waveguide (ARROW) model. It is found that the anti-resonant core modes in the DCFs have real effective indices, compared to the anti-resonant core modes with complex effective indices in the tube-type hollow-core fibers. The anti-resonant core modes in the DCFs exhibit similar qualitative and quantitative behavior as the core modes in the conventional step-index fibers. The full-vector analytical results for the simple-structure DCFs can contribute to a better understanding of the anti-resonant and inhibited coupling guidance mechanisms in other complex inversed index fibers.

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