Cross-correlated imaging of single-mode photonic crystal rod fiber with distributed mode filtering

Marko Laurila, Roman Barankov, Mette Marie Jørgensen, Thomas Tanggaard Alkeskjold, Jes Broeng, Jesper Lægsgaard, Siddharth Ramachandran

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Abstract

Photonic crystal bandgap fibers employing distributed mode filtering design provide near diffraction-limited light outputs, a critical property of fiber-based high-power lasers. Microstructure of the fibers is tailored to achieve single-mode operation at specific wavelength by resonant mode coupling of higher-order modes. We analyze the modal regimes of the fibers having a mode field diameter of 60 µm by the cross-correlated (C2) imaging method in different wavelength ranges and evaluate the sensitivity of the modal content to various input-coupling conditions. As a result, we experimentally identify regimes of resonant coupling between higher-order core modes and cladding band. We demonstrate a passive fiber design in which the higher-order modal content inside the single-mode guiding regime is suppressed by at least 20 dB even for significantly misaligned input-coupling configurations.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOptics Express
Volume21
Issue number8
Pages (from-to)9215-9229
ISSN1094-4087
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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