Supermodes for optical transmission

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Xia C., Bai N., ÖZDÜR İ. T., Zhou X., Li G.

OPTICS EXPRESS, vol.19, no.17, pp.16653-16664, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 19 Issue: 17
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1364/oe.19.016653
  • Journal Name: OPTICS EXPRESS
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.16653-16664
  • Abdullah Gül University Affiliated: No


In this paper, the concept of supermode is introduced for long-distance optical transmission systems. The supermodes exploit coupling between the cores of a multi-core fiber, in which the core-to-core distance is much shorter than that in conventional multi-core fiber. The use of supermodes leads to a larger mode effective area and higher mode density than the conventional multi-core fiber. Through simulations, we show that the proposed coupled multi-core fiber allows lower modal dependent loss, mode coupling and differential modal group delay than few-mode fibers. These properties suggest that the coupled multi-core fiber could be a good candidate for both spatial division multiplexing and single-mode operation. (C) 2011 Optical Society of America