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Journal of Lightwave Technology

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  • Vol. 21, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2003
  • pp: 111–

Quantitative Estimates of Mode Coupling and Differential Modal Attenuation in Perfluorinated Graded-Index Plastic Optical Fiber

Steven E. Golowich, Whitney White, William A. Reed, and Erik Knudsen

Journal of Lightwave Technology, Vol. 21, Issue 1, pp. 111- (2003)


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Abstract

The performance of plastic optical fiber is greatly influenced by the related but distinct effects of mode coupling and differential modal attenuation (DMA). We establish a method for estimating the matrix that governs both of these effects and allows us to distinguish the two. We obtain partial quantitative estimates of this matrix for a particular graded-index plastic optical fiber (GI-POF). The sample we studied exhibited strong but incomplete mode coupling over 100-m lengths, while DMA was largely limited to a centerline defect. We show that much of the loss of the fiber can be attributed to mode coupling between mode groups with similar effective indexes.

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Steven E. Golowich, Whitney White, William A. Reed, and Erik Knudsen, "Quantitative Estimates of Mode Coupling and Differential Modal Attenuation in Perfluorinated Graded-Index Plastic Optical Fiber," J. Lightwave Technol. 21, 111- (2003)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/jlt/abstract.cfm?URI=jlt-21-1-111

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