Excitation coefficients of the guided modes of a parabolic-index optical fiber by narrow input Gaussian beams are calculated. The effects of beam offset, tilt, width, and wave-front curvature are examined. A wave-optical procedure for optimizing the input Gaussian beamwidth (to excite as few mode groups as possible) as a function of beam offset is presented and shown to be in agreement with a simple Fourier-optics optimization.
© 1980 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: November 29, 1979
Published: July 15, 1980
J. Saijonmaa, A. B. Sharma, and S. J. Halme, "Selective excitation of parabolic-index optical fibers by Gaussian beams," Appl. Opt. 19, 2442-2452 (1980)