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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 12 — Jun. 15, 2014
  • pp: 3662–3665

Reflection noise reduction effect of graded-index plastic optical fiber in multimode fiber link

Azusa Inoue, Rei Furukawa, Motoharu Matsuura, and Yasuhiro Koike  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 12, pp. 3662-3665 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.39.003662


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Abstract

We experimentally demonstrate that a graded-index plastic optical fiber (GI POF) can significantly reduce reflection noise in a multimode fiber link with a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL). By directly observing beams backreflected to the VCSEL, we show that the noise reduction effect is closely related to random mode coupling because of light scattering by microscopic heterogeneities in the GI POF core material. This suggests that intrinsic mode coupling can lower the self-coupling efficiency of the light backreflected to the VCSEL cavity through beam quality degradation. Using GI POFs, low-cost radio-over-fiber systems for indoor networks can be realized without optical isolators or fiber end-face polishing.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2290) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber materials
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(290.5840) Scattering : Scattering, molecules
(060.5625) Fiber optics and optical communications : Radio frequency photonics

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: March 10, 2014
Revised Manuscript: May 14, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: May 14, 2014
Published: June 12, 2014

Citation
Azusa Inoue, Rei Furukawa, Motoharu Matsuura, and Yasuhiro Koike, "Reflection noise reduction effect of graded-index plastic optical fiber in multimode fiber link," Opt. Lett. 39, 3662-3665 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-39-12-3662


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