In 2008-2009, I worked in partnership with Professor Maksim Skorobogatiy at Polytechnique de Montréal Polytechnic Montréal to develop new photonic crystal fibre textile prototypes. We worked together to realsie the best set up for the fibre before I produced the first woven working prototypes.
We exhibited the first photonic crystal fibre prototype at Futurotextiel08, a technical textiles exhibition that began in in Kortrijk / Contrai in Belgium in 2009 and has gone on to tour Europe until 2010.
We presented the project at the Futurotextiel conference in Kortrijk / Contrai November 2008
and at the Pira Smart Fabrics conference in Rome in March 2009.
Photonic Crystal Fibres
Photonic crystal fibers are a new generation of optic fibres and they have a number of new, unique and exciting properties.
The majority of optic fibres are white in ambient light and when lit. To add effect, coloured light is thrown down the fibre, and the surface is scratched to enable it to side emit light.
This photonic crystal fibre has its own colour: in normal light the optic fibres appear coloured, due to optical interference in the microstructure.
When lit, the fibres side emit a uniform colour without the need to interfere with the surface, making them mechanically superior to the standard light emitting fibres.
By controlling the relative intensities of the ambient and guided light the overall fibre colour can be varied, colour changing textiles can be created that are resistant to fading.