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Mode field diameter measurements in single-mode optical fibers

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5 Author(s)
Artiglia, M. ; Centro Studi E Lab. Telecomunicazioni, Torino, Italy ; Coppa, G. ; Di Vita, P. ; Potenza, M.
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The role of the mode field diameter in the characterization of single-mode fibers is examined. The most relevant definitions of this parameter are reviewed, and a comparative analysis of methods for its measurement is performed. All the discussed measurement methods have reached a repeatability and reproducibility which are quite satisfying. Emphasis is given to the requirements posed by the new fiber designs, such as the polarization-maintaining structures. Most of the discussed techniques have been industrialized, and a number of instruments based on them are commercially available; however, it is predicted that the evolution of fiber design will impose new requirements on some of these instruments

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Lightwave Technology, Journal of  (Volume:7 ,  Issue: 8 )