9 March 2016 Ultra large mode area pixelated Bragg fiber
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Abstract
We report on the design and the fabrication of a new design of an all-solid Bragg fiber based on the pixelization and heterostructuration of a cladding made of only two high index rings. The thickness of the low index ring as well as the geometry of the heterostructuration (its symmetry and the number of removed pixels) have been chosen to maximize the confinement losses of the Higher Order Modes (HOM) (above 10 dB/m) while keeping the Fundamental Mode (FM) losses low (below 0.1 dB/m). The proposed geometry allows having access to different Mode Field Diameter (MFD) from 54 μm to 60 μm at 1 μm wavelength by drawing the same stack to different fiber (and hence, core) diameters. As a result, a record MFD of 60 μm is reported for a Solid Core Photonic Bandgap Fiber (SC-PBGF) and single-mode behavior is obtained experimentally even for a short fiber length (few tens centimeters) maintained straight.
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J.-P. Yehouessi, G. Bouwmans, O. Vanvincq, A. Cassez, R. Habert, Y. Quiquempois, L. Bigot, "Ultra large mode area pixelated Bragg fiber", Proc. SPIE 9728, Fiber Lasers XIII: Technology, Systems, and Applications, 97280G (9 March 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2210881; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2210881
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