Mode resolved bend loss in few-mode optical fibers

in: Optics Express (2013)
Schulze, Christian; Lorenz, Adrian; Flamm, Daniel; Hartung, Alexander; Schröter, Siegmund; Duparré, Michael; Bartelt, Hartmut
We present a novel approach to directly measure the bend loss of individual modes in few-mode fibers based on the correlation filter technique. This technique benefits from a computer-generated hologram performing a modal decomposition, yielding the optical power of all propagating modes in the bent fiber. Results are compared with rigorous loss simulations and with common loss formulas for step-index fibers revealing high measurement fidelity. To the best of our knowledge, we demonstrate for the first time an experimental loss discrimination between index-degenerated modes.

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