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  • Journal of Lightwave Technology
  • Vol. 33,
  • Issue 21,
  • pp. 4488-4496
  • (2015)

Mode Coupling in Few-Mode Fibers Induced by Mechanical Stress

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Abstract

We investigate mode coupling in few-mode fibers induced by homogeneously and periodically applied mechanical stress. To view the power transfer between individual modes, a modal decomposition is performed at the end of the fiber using computer-generated holograms. Coupling between polarization and angular degenerated modes as well as between non-degenerated modes is confirmed experimentally and coupling parameters are inferred. The presented studies pave the way to detailed investigations of mode coupling in mode-multiplexed telecommunication systems and high-power high beam quality fiber lasers.

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