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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 4 — Feb. 16, 2009
  • pp: 2850–2860

Frequency response in step index plastic optical fibers obtained from the generalized power flow equation

J. Mateo, M. A. Losada, and J. Zubia  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 4, pp. 2850-2860 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.002850


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Abstract

We present a method to obtain the frequency response of step index (SI) plastic optical fibers (POFs) based on the power flow equation generalized to incorporate the temporal dimension where the fibre diffusion and attenuation are functions of the propagation angle. To solve this equation we propose a fast implementation of the finite-difference method in matrix form. Our method is validated by comparing model predictions to experimental data. In addition, the model provides the space-time evolution of the angular power distribution when it is transmitted throughout the fibre which gives a detailed picture of the POFs capabilities for information transmission. Model predictions show that angular diffusion has a strong impact on temporal pulse widening with propagation.

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OCIS Codes
(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
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: December 19, 2008
Revised Manuscript: February 6, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: February 6, 2009
Published: February 11, 2009

Citation
J. Mateo, M. A. Losada, and J. Zubia, "Frequency response in step index plastic optical fibers obtained from the generalized power flow equation," Opt. Express 17, 2850-2860 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-4-2850


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