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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 1 — Jan. 13, 2014
  • pp: 1036–1044

Mode-selective photonic lanterns for space-division multiplexing

Sergio G. Leon-Saval, Nicolas K. Fontaine, Joel R. Salazar-Gil, Burcu Ercan, Roland Ryf, and Joss Bland-Hawthorn  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 1, pp. 1036-1044 (2014)

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We demonstrate a 3x1 fiber-based photonic lantern spatial-multiplexer with mode-selectivity greater than 6 dB and transmission loss of less than 0.3 dB. The total insertion loss of the mode-selective multiplexers when coupled to a graded-index few-mode fiber was < 2 dB. These mode multiplexers showed mode-dependent loss below 0.5 dB. To our knowledge these are the lowest insertion and mode-dependent loss devices, which are also fully compatible with conventional few-mode fiber technology and broadband operation.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components

ToC Category:
Fibers, Fiber Devices, and Amplifiers

Original Manuscript: November 8, 2013
Revised Manuscript: December 23, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: December 29, 2013
Published: January 10, 2014

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Sergio G. Leon-Saval, Nicolas K. Fontaine, Joel R. Salazar-Gil, Burcu Ercan, Roland Ryf, and Joss Bland-Hawthorn, "Mode-selective photonic lanterns for space-division multiplexing," Opt. Express 22, 1036-1044 (2014)

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