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Opt Lett. 2005 Jul 1;30(13):1629-31.

Splice-free interfacing of photonic crystal fibers.

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  • 1Department of Physics, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY, UK.


We report a new method for making low-loss interfaces between conventional single-mode fibers and photonic crystal fibers (PCFs). Adapted from the fabrication of PCF preforms from stacked tubes and rods, this method avoids the need for splicing and is versatile enough to interface to virtually any type of index-guiding silica PCF. We illustrate the method by forming interfaces to two problematic types of PCF, highly nonlinear and multicore. In particular, we believe this to be the first method capable of individually coupling light into and out of all the cores of a fiber with multiple closely spaced cores, without input or output cross talk.

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