Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Opt Lett. 2009 Sep 15;34(18):2724-6. doi: 10.1364/OL.34.002724.

Tapered fibers embedded in silica aerogel.

Author information

  • 1Centre for Photonics and Photonics Materials, Department of Physics, University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY, UK.


We have embedded thin tapered fibers (with diameters down to 1 microm) in silica aerogel with low loss. The aerogel is rigid but behaves refractively like air, protecting the taper without disturbing light propagation along it. This enables a new class of fiber devices exploiting volume evanescent interactions with the aerogel itself or with dopants or gases in the pores.

PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Optical Society of America
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk