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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 12 — Jun. 7, 2010
  • pp: 13250–13257

Long distance transmission in few-mode fibers

Fatih Yaman, Neng Bai, Benyuan Zhu, Ting Wang, and Guifang Li  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 12, pp. 13250-13257 (2010)

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Using multimode fibers for long-haul transmission is proposed and demonstrated experimentally. In particular few-mode fibers (FMFs) are demonstrated as a good compromise since they are sufficiently resistant to mode coupling compared to standard multimode fibers but they still can have large core diameters compared to single-mode fibers. As a result these fibers can have significantly less nonlinearity and at the same time they can have the same performance as single-mode fibers in terms of dispersion and loss. In the absence of mode coupling it is possible to use these fibers in the single-mode operation where all the data is carried in only one of the spatial modes throughout the fiber. It is shown experimentally that the single-mode operation is achieved simply by splicing single-mode fibers to both ends of a 35-km-long dual-mode fiber at 1310 nm. After 35 km of transmission, no modal dispersion or excess loss was observed. Finally the same fiber is placed in a recirculating loop and 3 WDM channels each carrying 6 Gb/s BPSK data were transmitted through1050 km of the few-mode fiber without modal dispersion.

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OCIS Codes
(060.1660) Fiber optics and optical communications : Coherent communications
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: April 16, 2010
Revised Manuscript: May 21, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: June 2, 2010
Published: June 4, 2010

Fatih Yaman, Neng Bai, Benyuan Zhu, Ting Wang, and Guifang Li, "Long distance transmission in few-mode fibers," Opt. Express 18, 13250-13257 (2010)

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