Mode conversion at splices of multimode optical fibers with power-law graded-index is investigated. With the assumption that the multitude of modes may be regarded to be a continuum, the boundary value problem is approximated by a geometric analysis, which eases the interpretation of mode splitting at splices. Although the approximation is not rigorous it provides a new approach for the determination of mode splitting at splices, generating results supported by published data. These results are used to verify the realizability of the optical equalization technique.
© 1983 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: January 18, 1982
Published: February 1, 1983
Peretz Meron and Emanuel Marom, "Mode splitting at splices of GRIN fibers," Appl. Opt. 22, 446-454 (1983)