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Microstructured optical fibres as micro/nano materials templates for optoelectronic and surface enhanced Raman scattering applications

Adrian Amezcua-Correa1, Anna C.Peacock1, C.Finlayson1, N.F.Baril2, D.J.Won2, V.Gopalan2, J.V.Badding2, Jixin Yang3, Steve M.Howdle3, Jeremy J.Baumberg4 and P.J.A.Sazio1

1. Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton, UK
2. Materials Research Institute, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA
3. School of Chemistry, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK
4. School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Southampton, UK

Abstract

Optical fibres are the Internet and telephone communications backbone, interconnecting buildings, cities and nations. Optical fibre technology led directly to the data communications revolution of the late 20th century and is now impacting many other fields from remote sensing to biomedicine. Currently, telecommunications fibre systems require external solid state circuits to generate, amplify, receive, and manipulate the light. However, the process of converting the data between optical fibers and chip-based optoelectronic devices consumes enormous amounts of power, requires costly technology and reduces overall bandwidth. Therefore, it is preferable to avoid having to transform in-fibre photonic signals to chip based electronic signals. Indeed, the ultimate vision would be a purely fibre based system.


Nanoscale Physics and Technology: The Interface with Medical and Biological Sciences Southampton 26-27 March (2007)

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