Microstructured polymer optical fibres (mPOF) are a 'new' type of polymer optical fibre based on photonic crystal fibre or microstructured fibre technology. Rather than using two polymers to define core and cladding, mPOF use an array of holes running the length of the fibre to control the light. This allows for optical properties that exceed what is possible otherwise.
Some specific examples will be covered in this presentation:
- Single mode POF, operating in the visible, and combined with gratings for strain sensing. Up to 25% strain has been demonstrated.
- Mutli-mode POF with a non-constant bandwidth-length product. The bandwidth of the fibres stops decreasing beyond a certain length and 20 Gbits/s for 40 - 70 m have been demonstrated.
- Hollow-core mPOF. Light is guided in an air core rather than the polymer itself, and hence material absorption is greatly reduced in the infra red. The talk will also review the fabrication methods and applications of these fibres.
Dr. Alexander Argyros completed his PhD in physics at the University of Sydney, Australia in 2006, for which he received the Australian Institute of Physics Bragg Medal. He was appointed a Research Fellow at the Optical Fibre Technology Centre until 2009, and then moved to a Senior Research Fellow position at the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science and the School of Physics at the University of Sydney. In 2009 he also became CEO of the newly-founded Kiriama Pty Ltd, a company aiming to commercialise microstructured polymer optical fibres. The focus of his research has been microstructured optical fibres and photonic bandgap fibres, and he has made significant contributions to the development of microstructured polymer optical fibres and hollow-core optical fibres. He has conducted both theoretical work to understand the operation of these fibres, and experimental work on demonstrating their operation and investigating various commercial applications. He has authored or co-authored 40 journal publications.