Nanophotonics in optical fibres

Nanophotonics is the study of how light behaves at a nanometre scale. It is a field that has only recently emerged mainly due to the fact that it has only been recently possible to fabricate devices on such a small scale (podcast).

The cutting-edge fibre fabrication facilities at the CoEP enable us to manufacture fibres that are at scales where they behave as ‘rails’ for light – as opposed to the more traditional ‘pipe’ guidance.

Prof Monro discusses this concept further, along with some applications of nanoscale fibres, in a talk given at a forum on nanotechnology, held by the Australian Office of Nanotechnology in Canberra, Dec 2008.

The result of a soft glass extrusion. This macroscopic 'preform' is then drawn down into a fibre with the same structure but many orders of magnitude smaller in dimension.

The result of a soft glass extrusion. This macroscopic 'preform' is then drawn down into a fibre with the same structure but many orders of magnitude smaller in dimension.

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