Group Members

Prof David Richardson
tel: +44(0) 23 8059 4524

Dr Peter Horak
tel: +44(0) 23 8059 3588

Dr Marco Petrovich
tel: +44(0) 23 8059 7696

Dr Francesco Poletti
tel: +44(0) 23 8059 7696

Natalie Wheeler
tel: +44(0) 23 8059 2825

Dr Tom Bradley
tel: +44(0) 23 8059 4531

Dr Yong Chen
tel: +44(0) 23 8059 2610

Dr Gregory Jasion
tel: +44(0) 23 8059 2610

Eric Numkam Fokoua
tel: +44(0) 23 8059 7673

Seyed-Reza Sandoghchi
tel: +44(0) 23 8059 3134

Dr John Hayes
tel: +44(0) 23 8059 2961


Marcelo Alonso Gouveia
tel: +44(0) 23 8059 3836

Maria Giovanna Pappa
tel: +44(0) 23 8059 3163

Microstructured Optical Fibres

This group is part of the Advanced Fibre Technologies & Applications Group

In recent years, two new types of optical fibre have revolutionised this dynamic field, bringing with them a wide range of novel optical properties. These new fibres, known collectively as microstructured fibres, can be made entirely from one type of glass as they do not rely on dopants for guidance. Instead, the cladding region is peppered with many small air holes, that run the entire fibre length.

These fibres are typically separated into two classes, defined by the way in which they guide light:

  • Holey fibres, in which the core is solid and light is guided by a modified form of total internal reflection as the air holes lower the effective refractive index of the cladding relative to that of the solid core.
  • Photonic band-gap fibres, in which guidance in a hollow core can be achieved via photonic band-gap effects. The many varieties of microstructured fibres are discussed in more detail in the following sections.

Within the group we have the full range of expertise required to design, fabricate and characterise both forms of microstructured fibre, both in silica and in compound glass. We also run a large number of end application projects both in close collaboration with a range of other ORC groups, and with other external academic and industrial partners.

View our PhD Projects for 2015-2016 entry

Current collaborating organisations include amongst others: ETH Zurich, University of Dijon, Cambridge University, Mullard Space Centre, SPI Lasers Ltd, Furukawa, Hovermere Ltd, BAe Systems and SELEX.


  • 6238 —  V.A.J.M.Sleiffer, Y.Jung, N.K.Baddela, J.Surof, M.Kuschnerov, V.Veljanovski, J.R.Hayes, N.V.Wheeler, E.Numkam Fokoua, J.P.Wooler, D.R.Gray, N.H.L.Wong, F.R.Parmigiani, S.U.Alam, M.N.Petrovich, F.Poletti, D.J.Richardson, Waardt
    High capacity mode-division multiplexed optical transmission in a novel 37-cell hollow-core photonic bandgap fiber
    Journal of Lightwave Technology 2014 Vol.32(4) pp.854-863
  • 6222 —  N.V.Wheeler, A.M.Heidt, N.K.Baddela, E.N.Fokoua, J.R.Hayes, S.R.Sandoghchi, F.Poletti, M.N.Petrovich, D.J.Richardson
    Low-loss and low-bend-sensitivity-mid-infrared guidance in a hollow-core photonic-bandgap fiber
    Optics Letters 2014 Vol.39(2) pp.295-298
  • 6272 —  L.Olanterä, C.Sigaud, J.Troska, F.Vasey, M.N.Petrovich, F.Poletti, N.V.Wheeler, J.P.Wooler, D.J.Richardson
    Gamma irradiation of minimal latency Hollow-Core Photonic Bandgap Fibres
    Journal of Instrumentation 2013 Vol.8 pp.C12010
  • 6170 —  M.N.Petrovich, F.Poletti, J.P.Wooler, A.M.Heidt, N.K.Baddela, Z.Li, D.R.Gray, R.Slavík, F.Parmigiani, N.V.Wheeler, J.R.Hayes, E.Numkam Fokoua, L.Grüner-Nielsen, B.Pálsdóttir, R.Phelan, B.Kelly, J.O'Carroll, P.Petropoulos, S.-U.Alam, D.J.Richardson
    Demonstration of amplified data transmission at 2 microns in a low-loss wide bandwidth hollow core photonic bandgap fiber
    Optics Express 2013 Vol.21(23) pp.28559-28569
  • 5999 —  J.P.Wooler, F.Parmigiani, S.R.Sandoghchi, N.V.Wheeler, D.R.Gray, F.Poletti, M.N.Petrovich, D.J.Richardson
    Data transmission over 1km HC-PBGF arranged with microstructured fiber spliced to both itself and SMF
    ECOC 2013 London 22-26 Sep 2013 Tu.3.A.3
  • 5934 —  N.K.Baddela, M.N.Petrovich, Y.Jung, J.R.Hayes, N.V.Wheeler, D.R.Gray, N.Wong, F.Parmigiani, E.Numkam Fokoua, J.P.Wooler, F.Poletti, D.J.Richardson
    First demonstration of a low loss 37-cell hollow core photonic bandgap fiber and its use for data transmission
    Conference on Lasers and Electro Optics (CLEO 2013) San Jose, CA 9-14 June 2013 CTu2K.3
  • 5834 —  E.Numkam Fokoua, M.N.Petrovich, N.K.Baddela, N.V.Wheeler, J.R.Hayes, F.Poletti, D.J.Richardson
    Real-time prediction of structural and optical properties of hollow-core photonic bandgap fibers during fabrication
    Optics Letters 2013 Vol.38(9) pp.1382-1384
  • 5823 —  F.Poletti, N.V.Wheeler, M.N.Petrovich, N.Baddela, E.Numkam Fokoua, J.R.Hayes, D.R.Gray, Z.Li, R.Slavík, D.J.Richardson
    Towards high-capacity fibre-optic communications at the speed of light in vacuum
    Nature Photonics 2013 Vol.7(4) pp.279-284
  • 5537 —  D.R.Gray, Z.Li, F.Poletti, R.Slavík, N.V.Wheeler, M.N.Petrovich, A.Obeysekara, D.J.Richardson
    Complementary analysis of modal content properties in a 19-cell hollow core photonic band gap fiber using Time-of-Flight and S2 techniques
    European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC) Amsterdam 16-20 Sept 2012 Mo.2.F.1

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