The effect of chirality on the modal dispersion characteristics of optical fibers is investigated. Using a step-index fiber as a numerical example, we show that adding chirality to the core changes the modal normalized propagation constants b, group delay, and waveguide dispersion drastically. Some potential applications are briefly discussed.
© 1994 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: August 23, 1993
Revised Manuscript: June 28, 1994
Manuscript Accepted: June 28, 1994
Published: December 1, 1994
Robert C. Qiu and I-Tai Lu, "Guided waves in chiral optical fibers," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 11, 3212-3219 (1994)