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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 8 — Apr. 12, 2010
  • pp: 8430–8439

Photonic lanterns: a study of light propagation in multimode to single-mode converters

Sergio G. Leon-Saval, Alexander Argyros, and Joss Bland-Hawthorn  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 8, pp. 8430-8439 (2010)

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The “photonic lantern,” an optical fibre device that has emerged from the field of astrophotonics, allows for a single-mode photonic function to take place within a multimode fibre. We study and evaluate the modal behaviour of photonic lanterns as well as the conditions for achieving low-loss between a multimode fibre and a “near-diffraction limited” single-mode system. We also present an intuitive analogy of the modal electromagnetic propagation behaviour along the photonic lantern transition in terms of the Kronig-Penney model in Quantum Mechanics.

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

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: January 4, 2010
Revised Manuscript: March 24, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: March 28, 2010
Published: April 7, 2010

Sergio G. Leon-Saval, Alexander Argyros, and Joss Bland-Hawthorn, "Photonic lanterns: a study of light propagation in multimode to single-mode converters," Opt. Express 18, 8430-8439 (2010)

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