We describe experimental results and a theoretical analysis for propagation in graded-index multimode fiber when diode laser light is launched into the lowest-order propagation modes and the fiber undergoes severe bending perturbations. Experimentally, near-field modal interference images and transmission loss measurements were obtained for different loop diameters. The data indicate that, when the fundamental mode is excited, the light remains in lowest-order modes even for small bend diameters. This is consistent with analysis which predicts that, in a parabolic-index multimode fiber subject to constant diameter bending, the light tends to oscillate between lowest-order modes and remains trapped therein rather than diffusing to high-order modes. Implications of these results for an intrusion-resistant communication system with graded-index multimode fiber are discussed.
© 2000 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: July 30, 1999
Revised Manuscript: January 17, 2000
Published: May 1, 2000
Charles K. Asawa and Henry F. Taylor, "Propagation of light trapped within a set of lowest-order modes of graded-index multimode fiber undergoing bending," Appl. Opt. 39, 2029-2037 (2000)