Photonic Crystal Fibers

Photonic crystal fibers (PCFs) are microstructured optical fibers that use tiny air hole capillaries arranged in a pattern around the center of the fiber. This makes the light propagation far superior to conventional fibers, requiring fewer repeaters and less amplification over long distances. PCFs are also capable of handling high energy lasers efficiently.

What is photonics and how is it used? Professor Tanya Monro explains.

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Professor Tanya Monro gives us a crash course in photonics, the science of light. Starting with the basic physics of light, she then describes three important photonics revolutions:
1. The invention of the laser
2. The invention and use of optical fibres for telecommunications
3. Getting photons out of the fibre for sensing

Tanya also shares her passion for crossing the boundaries of science; bringing together different science disciplines to tackle real world problems.

10. Latest Developments in Photonic Crystal Fibers

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Philip Russell, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light

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