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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 3 — Feb. 2, 2009
  • pp: 1988–1994

Efficient multi-mode to single-mode coupling in a photonic lantern

Danny Noordegraaf, Peter M. W. Skovgaard, Martin D. Nielsen, and Joss Bland-Hawthorn  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 3, pp. 1988-1994 (2009)

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We demonstrate the fabrication of a high performance multi-mode (MM) to single-mode (SM) splitter or “photonic lantern”, first described by Leon-Saval et al. (2005). Our photonic lantern is a solid all-glass version, and we show experimentally that this device can be used to achieve efficient and reversible coupling between a MM fiber and a number of SM fibers, when perfectly matched launch conditions into the MM fiber are ensured. The fabricated photonic lantern has a coupling loss for a MM to SM tapered transition of only 0.32 dB which proves the feasibility of the technology.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components
(350.1260) Other areas of optics : Astronomical optics

Original Manuscript: October 24, 2008
Revised Manuscript: January 23, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: January 23, 2009
Published: January 30, 2009

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Danny Noordegraaf, Peter M. Skovgaard, Martin D. Nielsen, and Joss Bland-Hawthorn, "Efficient multi-mode to single-mode coupling in a photonic lantern," Opt. Express 17, 1988-1994 (2009)

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