Cross-correlated (C-2) imaging of fiber and waveguide modes

Photonics Center, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215, USA.
Optics Express (Impact Factor: 3.49). 07/2011; 19(14):13008-19. DOI: 10.1364/OE.19.013008
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ABSTRACT We demonstrate a method that enables reconstruction of waveguide or fiber modes without assuming any optical properties of the test waveguide. The optical low-coherence interferometric technique accounts for the impact of dispersion on the cross-correlation signal. This approach reveals modal content even at small intermodal delays, thus providing a universally applicable method for determining the modal weights, profiles, relative group-delays and dispersion of all guided or quasi-guided (leaky) modes. Our current implementation allows us to measure delays on a femtosecond time-scale, mode discrimination down to about - 30 dB, and dispersion values as high as 500 ps/nm/km. We expect this technique to be especially useful in testing fundamental mode operation of multi-mode structures, prevalent in high-power fiber lasers.

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    • "Up to this date, several mode analysis techniques have been demonstrated . Among the most employed one, we can refer to spatially and spectrally resolved imaging (S 2 imaging) [10], low coherence interferometry [11], correlation filter technique (CFT) [12], cross-correlated imaging [13] and high-speed modal decomposition [14]. One technique is preferred according to the type of beam to be decomposed (single-mode (SM) or multi-mode (MM)) and depending on the modal information to access. "
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    • ") imaging [22] [23], relies on the modal interference directly in the time domain, so that the requirements on optical bandwidth are less restrictive than they are in S 2 imaging, which makes C 2 imaging an interesting candidate for modal characterization of relatively short LMA fibers. Since C 2 imaging relies on the interference between an external reference beam and each of the modes propagating in the test fiber, one can measure the modal content as well as dispersion and polarization of all the test modes. "
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