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Detailed Investigation of Mode-Field Adapters Utilizing Multimode-Interference in Graded Index Fibers

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6 Author(s)
Hofmann, P. ; CREOL Coll. of Opt. & Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA ; Mafi, A. ; Jollivet, C. ; Tiess, T.
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We present a detailed study of mode-field adapters (MFA) based on multimode interference in graded index multimode fibers. We have fabricated and characterized MFAs from a selection of commercially available single-mode and graded index fibers. Compared to existing techniques, the presented MFAs can be fabricated very quickly and are not limited to certain fiber types. Insertion losses of <; 0.5 dB over a spectral range of several hundred nanometers have been obtained, which is comparable or better than the industry standard.

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Lightwave Technology, Journal of  (Volume:30 ,  Issue: 14 )

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July15, 2012

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