A rigorous analysis of the intermodal delay in few-mode fibers

Milan S. Kovacevic, Kenneth K.Y. Wong, Kyunghwan Oh

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The intermodal delay is one of the fundamental issues in the mode of transmission which limits the propagation distance of mode division multiplexing. In this paper the theoretical background and a numerical analysis of intermodal group velocity dispersion in step-index of few-mode fiber are given. The numerical analysis is based on the general solution of the characteristic equation for step-index few mode fiber in order to compute normalized propagation constant, group delay and finally the group delay difference between fundamental LP01 mode and three selected higher modes. It was found that the material dispersion is not a negligible part of the total intermodal delay and so it should be included.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1609-1614
Number of pages6
JournalIndian Journal of Physics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Dec 1

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Funding Information:
Acknowledgements The work described in this paper was supported in part by grants from Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China (Project Nos. HKU 7172/12E, HKU 17208414, HKU 17205215) and by a grant from Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development (Project No. 171011).

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© 2017, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science.

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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