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5-4: SI Fiber Modes. Consider the cylindrical coordinates. Assume propagation along z,. Wave equation results. Using separation of variables. n is integer. 5-4: SI Fiber Modes. Wave equation results. Solutions are Bessel functions. Using boundary conditions, modal equations results.

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    1. 5-4: SI Fiber Modes • Consider the cylindrical coordinates • Assume propagation along z, • Wave equation results • Using separation of variables • n is integer

    2. 5-4: SI Fiber Modes • Wave equation results • Solutions are Bessel functions • Using boundary conditions, modal equations results

    3. 5-4: SI Fiber Modes • There will be m roots for each n value designated bnm • Corresponding modes are: TEnm TMnm EHnm HEnm • Fiber modes are hybrid except those for which n=0, i.e. TE0m (Ez =0),TM0m (Hz =0) • A mode is cutoff when it is no longer bound to the core • V, normalized frequency, is a parameter connected to the cutoff

    4. Modes • Mode chart • HE11 has no cutoff unless a=0 • Linearly polarized modes • When D<<1, we can introduce weakly guiding fiber approximation • Under such approximation, similar b modes can be grouped • {HE11},{TE01, TM01, HE21},{HE31, EH11} etc.

    5. Modes • Using: • Conclude with bjm and LPjm • Mode chart

    6. Naming Modes • TE (TM): • E (M) perpendicular to Z, small component of M (E) in Z • Ray is meridional • TEM: • E & M are perpendicular to Z • Only mode of a single mode fiber • Helical (Skew) Modes (HE and EH) • Travel in circular paths • Components of both E and M in Z direction • Linearly Polarized Modes (LP) • Summarizes all above

    7. Mode numbering • TE, TM, and TEM: numbers correspond to # of nulls in their energy pattern • LPjm: m is number of maxima a long a radius of a fiber, and j is half the number of maxima around the circumference

    8. Modal Intensity distributions LP01 LP11 LP21 LP22 LP03 LP12 LP41

    9. Radial Intensity Distribution

    10. Effective index of refraction

    11. Number of modes • For EM radiation of wavelength l, the number of modes per unit solid angle is: • Area is the one the fiber enters or leaves, • Total number of modes: • Solid angle: • Angle: • Finally: • Approximation • Solid angle: • Valid for large V (> 10) • Number of modes • But V is:

    12. Single Mode Propagation • Occurs when waveguide supports single mode only • Refer to modal curves, V<2.405, or a/l<2.405/2p(NA) • Actually two degenerate modes exist • Due to imperfect circular fiber, they travel at different velocities exhibiting fiber Birefringence • Small effect in conventional fibers (~10-8)

    13. Single mode • Index profiles and modal fields • Gaussian fit

    14. Mode field • Mode field: measure of extent of region that carries power • w/a=0.65+1.69V-3/2 +2.879V-6, for 1.2<V<2.4 • SMF: MFD ranges 10.5 – 11@ 1550 nm • This Gaussian approximation helps in calculating important parameters of SMF

    15. Modes in GRIN • n2≤neff≤n1 • We will consider parabolic profile • Number of modes, N=V2/4 • Transverse field patterns • Single mode condition

    16. 5.6: Pulse Distortion • Pulse distortion: • SI fibers: Modal distortion: mode mixing • Power limited • BW limited • Exchange of power between modes • SI fibers • How it reduces distortion? • Modal distortion • It increases attenuation • Dispersion • Material • Waveguide • SI fibers: Modal distortion • Was found to be: D(t/L)=n1D/c • Typical for glass fibers~67 ns/km • Practical: 10-50 ns/km? • Mode mixing • Preferential attenuation • Propagation length

    17. Pulse Distortion • SI fibers: Modal distortion: propagation length • SI fibers: Modal distortion: preferential attenuation • Higher order modes suffer greater attenuation • How it reduces distortion? • It increases total attenuation • Small length not enough to excite high order modes • SI fibers: Dispersion: Waveguide • Dl: source linewidth

    18. Dispersion • Waveguide dispersion • Material dispersion • Total Dispersion: • D(t/L)dis=-(M+Mg) Dl • Waveguide dispersion can be neglected except for l~1.2-1.6 um • Total pulse spread, Dt • Modal distortion is dominant in MMSI fiber • Narrowing the source linewidth is ineffective, LED is used

    19. Single Mode Fiber • No modal distortion • Material and waveguide dispersion • For short wavelength, material is dominant • Fig 5-26 (MD only) • For l~1.3 um, waveguide dispersion should be considered

    20. Single Mode Fiber • Fig 5-27: total dispersion • -ve MD cancels +ve WD • Long high-data-rate systems can be constructed @ these wavelengths • Dispersion shifted fiber • Dispersion flattened fiber • Index profiles • Polarization mode dispersion: 2 orthogonal polarizations of HE11

    21. Single Mode Fiber • In conventional SMF, dispersion exist at 1550 nm: Requires dispersion compensation • Dispersion compensating fiber: has opposite dispersion at higher order modes • Cutoff wavelength: • For n1=.., n2=.., a/l<3.17 for SM condition. @l=0.8 um > a=2.54 um. If l is changed to 1.3 um, same fiber still SM • @l=1.3 um > a=4.12 um, which is not SM at 0.8 • l @ which SM equation is equality is cutoff wavelength lc • l < lcwill excite MM propagation • lc=2.61 a NA

    22. GRIN fiber • Smaller modal distortion than SI • D(t/L)=n1D2/2c • Comparing with SI, reduction of 2/D • For n1=1.48, n2=1.46, D =0.0135 >> 2/D =148 • SI typical modal is 67 ns/km, GRIN is 0.45 ns/km • MD is dominant at 0.8-0.9 um >> LD is used • At higher wavelengths, MD is small >> LED can be used

    23. Total Pulse Distortion • Dtά L, is expected • Dtά L1/2, is found • Equilibrium length, Le • Modal pulse distortion: • Dt=LD(t/L) for L≤ Le • Dt=(L Le)1/2D(t/L) for L≥ Le • Le ά 1/mode mixing • Little mode mixing >>Le is large >> good fiber • No mode mixing >>Le is ∞>> linear dependance • Lots of mode mixing >>Le is small >> poor fiber • M&WD is independent of mode mixing >> Dtά L • Care should be taken when computing Dttot