Laboratory of Fiber Optics
The Laboratory of Fiber Optics (LFO) is part of the Materials Science Institute of the University of Valencia and all the members of the LFO belong to the Faculty of Physics. The LFO has the equipment for the fabrication of photonic crystal fibers (PCFs) and special fiber-optics components based on acousto-optic interaction, photo-inscription of diffraction gratings and fiber tapering.
Photonic crystal fibers
PCFs with special polarization properties
PCFs Ge-doped Y-shaped fiber
PCFs doped with Ge, Er and Yb
Tapered fiber based components
The research projects of the group involve the fabrication of special fiber components and PCFs, and their exploitation in different fields as new optical fiber light sources and lasers, sensors and microwave photonics. The main achievements of the Laboratory include the fabrication of PCF with special polarization and dispersion properties, erbium, ytterbium and germanium doped PCF and the preparation of PCF tapers. For years, we have been developing new fiber light sources such as Q-switched and mode-locked lasers, white light supercontinuum and photon pairs sources. Recently, we have developed a technique to fabricate tunable microcavities and micro-capillaries with submicrometric wall thickness for highly sensitive chemical sensors.
Supercontinuum light source
Supercontinuum generation in a photonic crystal fiber pumped with a nanosecond microchip laser
Microcapillaries with submicrometric wall for sensor applications