22 July 2016 On the origin and removal of interference patterns in coated multimode fibres
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In this study, we present the experimental investigations on interference patterns, such as those already reported in VIMOS-IFU, and up to now no appropriate explanation has been presented. These interference patterns are produced in multimode fibres coated with acrylate or polyimide, which is the preferred coating material for the fibres used in IFUs. Our experiments show that, under specific conditions, cladding modes interact with the coating and produce interference. Our results show that the conditions at which the fibre is held during data acquisition has an impact in the output spectrum. Altering the positioning conditions of the fibre leads to the changes into the interference pattern, therefore, fibres should be carefully manipulated in order to minimise this potential problem and improve the performance of these instruments. Finally we present a simple way of predicting and modelling this interference produced from the visible to the near infrared spectra. This model can be included in the data reduction pipeline in order to remove the interference patterns.

These results should be of interest for the optimisation of the data reduction pipelines of instruments using optical fibres. Considering these results will benefit innovations and developments of high performance fibre systems.
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Yazmin Padilla Michel, Yazmin Padilla Michel, Silvio Pulwer, Silvio Pulwer, Pouneh Saffari, Pouneh Saffari, Viachaslau Ksianzou, Viachaslau Ksianzou, Sigurd Schrader, Sigurd Schrader, "On the origin and removal of interference patterns in coated multimode fibres", Proc. SPIE 9912, Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation II, 991255 (22 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2233676; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2233676

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