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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 37, Iss. 24 — Aug. 20, 1998
  • pp: 5605–5619

Mode-field diameter of single-mode optical fiber by far-field scanning

Matt Young  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 24, pp. 5605-5619 (1998)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.37.005605


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Abstract

I use the direct far-field method to measure the mode-field diameter of a single-mode fiber with an expanded uncertainty of 30 nm, with a coverage factor of 2. For a step-index fiber with a mode-field diameter of approximately 9 μm, the major sources of uncertainty are nonlinearity in the electronics, angular errors and scattered light in the apparatus, and the polarization and noncircularity of the mode of the fiber. The paper concludes by showing an inconsistency in the derivation of the far-field expression for mode-field diameter.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(050.1960) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction theory
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(060.2270) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber characterization
(060.2300) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber measurements
(060.2430) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, single-mode
(120.3940) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrology
(120.4800) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical standards and testing

History
Original Manuscript: February 9, 1998
Revised Manuscript: May 8, 1998
Published: August 20, 1998

Citation
Matt Young, "Mode-field diameter of single-mode optical fiber by far-field scanning," Appl. Opt. 37, 5605-5619 (1998)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-37-24-5605

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