Single-mode perfluorinated polymer optical fibers with refractive index of 1.34 for biomedical applications

Guiyao Zhou, Chi Fung Jeff Pun, Hwa Yaw Tam, Allan C L Wong, Chao Lu, Ping Kong Alexander Wai

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We demonstrate a technique for the fabrication of single-mode perfluorinated polymer optical fiber (PPOF). The PPOF preform is composed of poly-methyl-methacrylate (PMMA)-based outer cladding and a graded-index multimode PPOF as the core. A photosensitive graded-index single-mode PPOF with a core diameter of about 6.6 μm and cladding diameter of 400 μm was fabricated. The fiber has a cutoff wavelength of 854 nm and exhibits single-mode characteristics at wavelengths of 1310 and 1550 nm. The transmission loss is less than 0.2 dB/m in the wavelength range of 1410-1540 nm and less than 0.5 dB/m for wavelengths up to 1610 nm, significantly less than the typical transmission loss of ~ 100 dB/m for PMMA fiber. Another important feature of the PPOF is its low refractive index of 1.34, close to aqueous solution of biomaterials, permitting strong optical coupling for biomedical applications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-108
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Photonics Technology Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2010


  • Low loss
  • Perfluorinated polymer
  • Polymer optical fiber (pof)
  • Single mode

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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