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Measurement of differential modal group delay of few-mode fibers using four-wave mixing
Author(s): Varun Kelkar; Smaranika Swain; Deepa Venkitesh
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Paper Abstract

The differential modal group delay (DMGD) of a few-mode fiber (FMF) is an important parameter that decides the complexity of the digital signal processing at the receiver in space division multiplexed (SDM) systems. We use the random mode and polarisation coupling simulation model to explain the origin of statistical spread in DMGD when measured through the conventional linear techniques. We propose and experimentally demonstrate a method based on degenerate inter-modal four wave mixing (IMFWM) to accurately measure the DMGD of a few-mode fiber. Unlike most conventional linear methods, we also extract the sign of DMGD using this nonlinear method. We demonstrate IMFWM using an all-fiber architecture with offset splicing, which is low-cost, robust and non-mode selective.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 January 2018
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10561, Next-Generation Optical Communication: Components, Sub-Systems, and Systems VII, 105610E (29 January 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2289660
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Varun Kelkar, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (India)
Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (United States)
Smaranika Swain, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (India)
Deepa Venkitesh, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (India)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10561:
Next-Generation Optical Communication: Components, Sub-Systems, and Systems VII
Guifang Li; Xiang Zhou, Editor(s)

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