Highly birefringent terahertz polarization maintaining plastic photonic crystal fibers

Opt Express. 2008 Jan 7;16(1):7-12. doi: 10.1364/oe.16.000007.


Guided-wave propagation of sub-ps terahertz (THz) pulses in a highly birefringent plastic photonic crystal fiber was studied by using a THz time domain spectroscopy technique. The plastic photonic crystal fiber was fabricated by using high density polyethylene tubes and solid filaments. The fabricated THz plastic photonic crystal fibers exhibit an extremely large birefringence of ~ 2.1 x 10(-2), which is almost one order of magnitude larger than that of previously reported photonic crystal fibers.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Infrared Rays
  • Materials Testing
  • Microwaves
  • Polyethylene / chemistry*
  • Refractometry / methods*
  • Spectrum Analysis / methods*


  • Polyethylene