Preface

The invention of the Photonic Crystal Fiber (PCF) was a cornerstone demonstration, inaugurating the field of Microstructured Optical Fibers (MOFs), where light confinement into the fiber core was departed from the traditional total internal reflection mechanism. The guiding mode confinement within a microstructured optical fiber core by employing mechanisms such as the modified total internal reflection, the antiresonant guidance, or the photonic band gap localization imparted new optical characteristics to those new fibers not being available before. Since then, several research groups spanning all over the world have directed their experimental and theoretical efforts into this rapidly growing field, illustrating new light confinement ...

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