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LightPipe SIGNED

Antiresonant Hollow Optical Fibres for a Quantum Leap in Data and Optical Power Transmission

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Project "LightPipe" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Highfield
postcode: SO17 1BJ

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 2˙749˙639 €
 EC max contribution 2˙749˙639 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-07-01   to  2021-06-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON UK (SOUTHAMPTON) coordinator 2˙749˙639.00


 Project objective

Fibre optics has revolutionised telecommunications, enabled the widespread diffusion of the internet and profoundly impacted industrial manufacturing, metrology, medical endoscopy and structural sensing, to name but a few. In many applications however, fibres are now being operated very close to fundamental physical limits of the glass that forms their core, and this is already providing hard limits, for example, to the maximum data capacity or optical intensity that can be transmitted through them. A transformative new technological step is required to help increasing the information capacity and power delivery capability of optical fibres to keep up with the 1.5dB/year growth in global data traffic and with the 2dB/year raise in laser output power. Air guiding hollow core fibres can provide a natural solution, but the state of the art technology suffers from conceptual physical limitations that bound their minimum loss, maximum information capacity, and transmitted optical power and energy. This proposal addresses these global challenges by developing the ‘ultimate’ hollow core optical fibre technology based on nested antiresonant nodeless fibres. Based on a recent discovery of the PI yet to find experimental demonstration, these fibres exploit antiresonances and multiple coherent reflections from the glass membranes to achieve, unlike any other known air-guiding optical waveguide, simultaneous minimisation of surface scattering and leakage loss. By targeting a 10 times increase in data capacity and power handling and a 5 times reduction in transmission loss as compared to state-of-the-art technology, all in an ultra-low nonlinearity fibre with excellent modal purity and spectral transparency, the outcomes of this project have the potential to revolutionise telecommunications 45 years after the development of ultra-low loss glass optical fibres and to produce a step-change in many industrial and scientific high power laser delivery applications.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 U. S. Mutugala, J. Kim, T. D. Bradley, N. V. Wheeler, S. R. Sandoghchi, J. R. Hayes, E. Numkam Fokoua, F. Poletti, M. N. Petrovich, D. J. Richardson, R. Slavík
Optoelectronic oscillator incorporating hollow-core photonic bandgap fiber
published pages: 2647, ISSN: 0146-9592, DOI: 10.1364/ol.42.002647
Optics Letters 42/13 2019-06-18
2018 van Putten, Lieke D.; Jasion, Gregory; White, Nicholas M.; Lousteau, Joris; Poletti, Francesco
Modelling the behaviour of Non-Newtonian materials for Capillary Drawing
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1421911
SPIE FOCUS Conference on Optics and Photonics Technologies 1 2019-06-18
2017 Lieke D. van Putten, Eric Numkam Fokoua, Seyed Mohammad A. Mousavi, Walter Belardi, Subhasis Chaudhuri, John V. Badding, Francesco Poletti
Exploring the Effect of the Core Boundary Curvature in Hollow Antiresonant Fibers
published pages: 263-266, ISSN: 1041-1135, DOI: 10.1109/LPT.2016.2644198
IEEE Photonics Technology Letters 29/2 2019-06-18
2018 Mubassira Banu Syed Nawazuddin, Natalie V. Wheeler, John R. Hayes, Seyed Reza Sandoghchi, Thomas D. Bradley, Gregory T. Jasion, Radan Slavik, David J. Richardson, Francesco Poletti
Lotus-Shaped Negative Curvature Hollow Core Fiber With 10.5 dB/km at 1550 nm Wavelength
published pages: 1213-1219, ISSN: 0733-8724, DOI: 10.1109/JLT.2017.2787197
Journal of Lightwave Technology 36/5 2019-06-18
2018 Seyedmohammad Abokhamis Mousavi, Hans Christian Hansen Mulvad, Natalie V. Wheeler, Peter Horak, John Hayes, Yong Chen, Thomas D. Bradley, Shaif-ul Alam, Seyed Reza Sandoghchi, Eric Numkam Fokoua, David J. Richardson, Francesco Poletti
Nonlinear dynamic of picosecond pulse propagation in atmospheric air-filled hollow core fibers
published pages: 8866, ISSN: 1094-4087, DOI: 10.1364/oe.26.008866
Optics Express 26/7 2019-05-09
2018 L. D. van Putten, J. Gorecki, E. Numkam Fokoua, V. Apostolopoulos, F. Poletti
3D-printed polymer antiresonant waveguides for short-reach terahertz applications
published pages: 3953, ISSN: 1559-128X, DOI: 10.1364/ao.57.003953
Applied Optics 57/14 2019-05-09
2019 Eric Rodrigue Numkam Fokoua; Wenwu Zhu; Yong Chen; Seyed Reza Sandoghchi; Thomas Bradley; Marco Petrovich; David Richardson; Francesco Poletti; Radan Slavik
Polarization Effects on Thermally Stable Latency in Hollow-Core Photonic Bandgap Fibres
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Proceedings of the Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC) 2019, paper M3C.7 2019-05-09
2018 T. D. Bradley, J. R. Hayes, Y. Chen, G. T. Jasion, S. R. Sandoghchi, R. Slavik, E. N. Fokoua, S. Bawn, H. Sakr, I.A. Davidson, , A. Taranta, J. P. Thomas, M. N. Petrovich, D.J. Richardson and F. Poletti
Record Low-Loss 1.3dB/km Data Transmitting Antiresonant Hollow Core Fibre
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Proceedings of European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) 2018, paper Th3F2 2019-05-09
2019 Hyuntai Kim; Yongmin Jung; Yong Chen; Shuichiro Rikimi; Francesco Poletti; David Richardson
Free Space Based Hollow Core Fiber Interconnection and Associated In-line Components
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of the Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC) 2019, paper Th3E.3 2019-05-09
2019 Gregory Jasion; David Richardson; Francesco Poletti
Novel Antiresonant Hollow Core Fiber Design with Ultralow Leakage Loss Using Transverse Power Flow Analysis
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of the Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC) 2019, paper Th3E.2 2019-05-09

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