Hollow Core PCF


Hollow Core Photonic Crystal Fibers

  • Zero Dispersion Close to Design Wavelength
  • Operating Bandwidth ±10% of Design Wavelength
  • Modal Index ≈ 1 & Virtually No Fresnel Reflection


  • Available with Design Wavelengths of 820, 1060, 1550, 1570, or 2025 nm
  • 7 or 19-Cell Core Offers Large Continuous Operation Bandwidth
  • Small Number of Core Modes and Parasitic Surface Modes
  • Zero Dispersion at the Design Wavelength
  • Near-Gaussian Fundamental Mode
  • Virtually Free of Optical Nonlinearity
  • Virtually Immune to Bend Loss
  • No Fresnel Reflection from the End-Faces (Modal Index ≈ 1)



  • Delivery of Ultra-Short High-Power Optical Pulses
  • Pulse Compression and Pulse Shaping
  • Sensors and Spectroscopy


Photonic bandgap (hollow core) fibers guide light in a hollow core that is surrounded by a microstructured cladding. Photonic bandgaps can form in materials that have a periodically structured refractive index; in PCFs this is achieved by using a periodic arrangement of air holes in silica. A photonic bandgap in the cladding acts as a virtually loss-free mirror confining light to a core, which does not need to be fabricated from a solid material. In some types of PCF <1% of the optical power propagates in the glass, greatly reducing the extent to which the bulk properties of the glass determine the properties of the fiber. Therefore, hollow core PCFs exhibit extremely low nonlinearity, high breakdown threshold, zero dispersion at any design wavelength, and negligible interface reflection. Furthermore, it becomes possible to fabricate low-loss fibers from comparatively high-loss materials, extending the range of materials that can be considered for fiber fabrication. The fiber is protected by a single layer acrylate coating and can be stripped and cleaved like ordinary solid fibers.

Modal Properties
As with conventional single mode fibers, the favored mode in hollow-core PFCs has a quasi-Gaussian intensity distribution. Even though hollow core PCFs are intended to be used like other single mode fibers, no currently available low-loss hollow-core PCF is a true single mode waveguide; typically, they support several higher order core modes and, in some cases, additional “surface” modes located at the core cladding boundary. All of these modes have higher loss than the fundamental mode and generally decay rapidly, but their presence needs to be taken into account when designing input and output coupling optics.

Chromatic Dispersion
Unlike in conventional fiber where material dispersion plays a major role, group velocity dispersion (GVD) in hollow-core PCF is dominated by waveguide dispersion. A plot of dispersion versus wavelength is upward sloping and crosses zero close to the center of the operating wavelength band, for any design wavelength, including those where the dispersion of silica makes it impossible to achieve zero dispersion in conventional fiber.

Hollow core fibers only guide light within the wavelength range covered by the photonic bandgap in the cladding. Outside that range — typically about 10% of the design wavelength - loss increases sharply.



Optical Properties

Item #Center λMode Field DiameteraNumerical
Mode Index
HC-800B 820 nm 5.5 µm ~0.20 ~0.99 <0.3 dB/m 770 - 870 nm
HC-1060 1060 nm 7.5 ± 1 µm ~0.20 ~0.99 <0.1 dB/m 1015 - 1105 nm
HC-1550 1550 nm 9 ± 1 µm ~0.20 ~0.99 <0.03 dB/m 1450 - 1650 nm
HC19-1550 1570 nm 13 µm ~0.13 ± 0.03 ~0.995 <0.02 dB/m 1530 - 1610 nm
HC-2000 2025 nm 12 ± 2 µm ~0.20 ~0.99 <0.02 dB/m 1950 - 2100 nm
  • Full 1/e-width of the near field intensity distribution

Physical Properties

Item #Core
Air Fill
(in Holey Region)
Diameter of
Holey Region
Silica Cladding
Coating Diameter
(Fiber O.D.)
HC-800B 7.5 ± 1 µma >90% 45 µm 130 ± 5 µm 220 ± 50 µm
HC-1060 10 ± 1 µma >90% 50 µm 123 ± 5 µm 220 ± 50 µm
HC-1550 10 ± 1 µma >90% 70 µm 120 µm 220 µm
HC19-1550 20 ± 2 µmb >90% 73 µm 115 µm 220 µm
HC-2000 14.5 ± 2 µma >90% 73 µm 155 ± 5 µm 274 ± 50 µm
  • Core formed by removing 7 hexagonal unit cells of the cladding
  • Core formed by removing 19 hexagonal unit cells of the cladding


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