Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Abstract-Elliptical metallic hollow fiber inner-coated with non-uniform dielectric layer

Xiaoli Tang, Zhuzheng Yu, Xuecou Tu, Jian Chen, Alexander Argyros, Boris T. Kuhlmey, and Yiwei Shi

We report on the fabrication and characterization of an elliptical hollow fiber inner coated with a silver layer and a dielectric layer for polarization maintaining and low loss transmission of terahertz (THz) radiation. The primary purpose of adding the dielectric layer is to prevent the silver layer from oxidation. The thickness of the dielectric layer is non-uniform owing to the surface tension of the coating, which was initially applied as a liquid. Transmission loss and polarization maintenance are experimentally characterized. Effects of the dielectric layer on transmission properties are analyzed by comparing the fiber to Ag-only fiber. Results show that a dielectric layer with thickness less than λ/10 can effectively decreases the power distributed on the metal surface and thus can practically reduce loss resulting from roughness of the silver layer. Bending effects on transmission loss and polarization maintenance are also investigated.
© 2015 Optical Society of America
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