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Numerical modeling method for the dispersion characteristics of single-mode and multimode weakly-guiding optical fibers with arbitrary radial refractive index profiles
Author(s): Raushan Mussina; David R. Selviah; F. Aníbal Fernández; Anton G. Tijhuis; Bastiaan P. de Hon
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Paper Abstract

Accurate, reliable and fast numerical modeling methods are required to design the optimum radial refractive index profile for single and multimode fibers to give specific dispersion characteristics prior to or even obviating costly experimental work. Such profiles include graded index and multiple concentric cladding layers. In this paper, a new numerical method is introduced which enables the derivatives of the propagation coefficient to be calculated analytically up to the third order of a single mode or multimode weakly guiding optical fiber with an arbitrary radial refractive index profile. These quantities are required to determine the group delay, τg, chromatic dispersion, D, and dispersion slope of the fiber. The expansion of the modal fields in terms of Laguerre-Gauss polynomials in the Galerkin method offers certain benefits. In particular, due to simplicity of the basis functions it is possible to carry out further analytical work on the results such as repeated differentiation of the matrix equation resulting from the Galerkin method to define up to the third-order derivatives of the propagation coefficients with respect to wavelength. This avoids approximation errors inherent in numerical differentiation, giving better accuracy and, at the same time, significantly reduces the computation time. A computer program was developed to demonstrate the proposed method for single and multimode fibers with radially arbitrary refractive index profiles. The paper provides simulation results to validate the approach.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 March 2013
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8619, Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices XXI, 86191R (14 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2002804
Show Author Affiliations
Raushan Mussina, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
David R. Selviah, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
F. Aníbal Fernández, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Anton G. Tijhuis, Technische Univ. Eindhoven (Netherlands)
Bastiaan P. de Hon, Technische Univ. Eindhoven (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8619:
Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices XXI
Bernd Witzigmann; Marek Osinski; Fritz Henneberger; Yasuhiko Arakawa, Editor(s)

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