Few-Mode Elliptical-Core Fiber Data Transmission

N Riesen, J Love, John Arkwright

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    Spatial mode-division-multiplexing is seen as paramount to overcoming the bandwidth limitations of single-mode fiber. In this letter, spatial-multiplexing of polarization-maintaining, elliptical-core fiber is proposed using asymmetric Y-junctions. Asymmetric Y-junctions also allow for straightforward wavelength-and polarization-multiplexing. Numerical beam propagation method simulations are used to demonstrate the functioning of a three-mode elliptical-core fiber data link, which could easily be extended to more modes. The multiplexing of multiple spatial modes could potentially see multifold increases in fiber capacity.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number6097024
    Pages (from-to)344-346
    Number of pages3
    JournalIEEE Photonics Technology Letters
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


    • Asymmetric Y-junctions
    • elliptical-core fiber
    • optical fiber communications
    • polarization-multiplexing
    • spatial mode-division-multiplexing (MDM)


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