We utilize transverse Anderson localization as the waveguiding mechanism in optical fibers with random transverse refractive index profiles. Using experiments and numerical simulations, we show that the transverse localization results in an effective propagating beam diameter that is comparable to that of a typical index-guiding optical fiber.
© 2012 Optical Society of America
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications
Original Manuscript: April 11, 2012
Revised Manuscript: April 26, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: April 26, 2012
Published: June 8, 2012
Salman Karbasi, Craig R. Mirr, Parisa Gandomkar Yarandi, Ryan J. Frazier, Karl W. Koch, and Arash Mafi, "Observation of transverse Anderson localization in an optical fiber," Opt. Lett. 37, 2304-2306 (2012)