EE 230: Optical Fiber Communication Lecture 3 Waveguide/Fiber Modes

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Optical Waveguide mode patterns
Optical Waveguide mode patterns seen in the end faces of small diameter fibers

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Multimode Propagation In general many modes are excited in the guide resulting in complicated field and intensity patterns that evolve in a complex way as the light propagates down the guide Fundamentals of Photonics .Saleh and Teich .

Saleh and Teich .Planar Mirror Waveguide The planar mirror waveguide can be solved by starting with Maxwells Equations and the boundary condition that the parallel component of the E field vanish at the mirror or by considering that plane waves already satisfy Maxwell¶s equations and they can be combined at an angle so that the resulting wave duplicates itself Fundamentals of Photonics .

Saleh and Teich .Mode Components Number and Fields Fundamentals of Photonics .

Mode Velocity and Polarization Degeneracy Group Velocity derived by considering the mode from the view of rays and geometrical optics TE and TM mode polarizations Fundamentals of Photonics .Saleh and Teich .

Saleh and Teich .Planar Dielectric guide Geometry of Planar Dielectric Guide The Fm all lie between that expected for a plane wave in the core and for a plane wave in the cladding Number of modes vs frequency For a sufficiently low frequency only 1 mode can propagate Characteristic Equation and Self-Consistency Condition Propagation Constants Fundamentals of Photonics .

Fundamentals of Photonics .Saleh and Teich . with more nodes for higher order modes.Planar Dielectric Guide Field components have transverse variation across the guide. The changed boundary conditions for the dielectric interface result in some evanescent penetration into the cladding The ray model can be used for dielectric guides if the additional phase shift due to the evanescent wave is accounted for.

Saleh and Teich .Two Dimensional Rectangular Planar Guide In two dimensions the transverse field depends on both kx and ky and the number of modes goes as the square of d/P The number of modes is limited by the maximum angle that can propagate Uc Fundamentals of Photonics .

Modes in cylindrical optical fiber ‡ Determined by solving Maxwell¶s equations in cylindrical coordinates x E z 1 xE z 1 x Ez 2   2  q Ez ! 0 2 2 r xr xr r xN x H z 1 xH z 1 x Hz 2   2  q Hz ! 0 2 2 r xr xr r xN 2 2 2 2 .

which is also equal to 2 / . ‡ is the z component of the wave propagation constant k. A mode may be guided if lies between nCLk and nCOk. The equations can be solved only for certain values of .2 = k2 ± 2. . It is sometimes called u2. ‡ V = ka(NA) where a is the radius of the fiber core. This ³normalized frequency´ determines how many different guided modes a fiber can support. so only certain modes may exist.Key parameters ‡ q2 is equal to 2 .

The and z functions are exponentials of the form ei . The separate solutions for the core and cladding regions must match at the boundary.Solutions to Wave Equations ‡ The solutions are separable in r. and z. . ‡ The r function is a combination of Bessel functions of the first and second kinds. while the function must have the same value at ( +2 ) that it does at . . The z function oscillates in space.

the mode is meridional. ‡ For weakly guiding fibers (small delta). . the types of modes listed above become degenerate.Resulting types of modes ‡ Either the electric field component (E) or the magnetic field component (H) can be completely aligned in the transverse direction: TE and TM modes. ‡ Each mode has a subscript of two numbers. where the first is the order of the Bessel function and the second identifies which of the various roots meets the boundary condition. Otherwise. it is skew. and can be combined into linearly polarized LP modes. If the first subscript is 0. ‡ The two fields can both have components in the transverse direction: HE and EH modes.

Mode characteristics Each mode has a specific ‡ Propagation constant ‡ Spatial field distribution ‡ Polarization .

[-F Mode Diagram Straight lines of d[/dF correspond to the group velocity of the different modes The group velocities of the guided modes all lie between the phase velocities for plane waves in the core or cladding c/n1 and c/n2 .

n2 )» ç ÷an1 2D ç ÷ çl ÷ è ø Fundamentals of Photonics .Saleh and Teich .Step Index Cylindrical Guide æ2p ö 2 2 V = k0a( n1 .

High Order Fiber modes Fiber Optics Communication Technology-Mynbaev & Scheiner .

High Order Fiber Modes 2 Fiber Optics Communication Technology-Mynbaev & Scheiner .

only one mode (HE11) can be guided. ‡ Below V=2. the number of modes is reduced by decreasing the core radius and by decreasing ¨. fiber is ³single-mode. there is some value of V below which it will not be guided because the cladding part of the solution does not go to zero with increasing r.405. .The Cutoff ‡ For each mode.´ ‡ Based on the definition of V.

Number of Modes Propagation constant of the lowest mode vs.Saleh and Teich . V number Graphical Construction to estimate the total number of Modes V=k 0a(n1 -n2 )=2 p 2 2 a æ2 ö NA » ç an 2 ç ç ø 1 è 0 0 Fundamentals of Photonics .

M$4V2/ 2+2 ‡ At higher V.Number of Modes²Step Index Fiber ‡ At low V. M$V2/2 .

Graded-index Fiber ¨r¸ n.

r ! n1 1  2(© ¹ ªaº For r between 0 and a. Number of modes is E E 2 M! .

akn1 E 2 .

For the mirror guide the number of modes is just the number of ½ wavelengths that can fit.Comparison of the number of modes 1-d Mirror Guide M= 2 d l0 The V parameter characterizes the number of wavelengths that can fit across the core guiding region in a fiber. For dielectric guides it is the number that can fit but now limited by the angular cutoff characterized by the NA of the guide 1-d Dielectric Guide M» 2 d NA l0 2-d Mirror Guide æ 2 p ç 2d ö M» ç 4 çl 0 ø è ö2 p æ2d ç NA÷ ÷ M» ç ÷ ÷ 4 çl 0 è ø 2-d Dielectric Guide 2-d Cylindrical Dielectric Guide 4 M » 2V2 p æ ö2 ç d NA 16 ç çl è 0 ø V=2p a 0 NA .

‡ For multimode fiber. . the shape of the Bessel functions determines how much of the optical power propagates along the core. with the rest going down the cladding. based on how much power propagates in each area.Power propagating through core ‡ For each mode. each mode has a different effective index. ‡ The effective index of the fiber is the weighted average of the core and cladding indices. This is another way of understanding the different speed that optical signals have in different modes.

Total energy in cladding The total average power propagating in the cladding is approximately equal to Pclad 4 ! P 3 M .

V. for constant wavelength. Eventually it all propagates in the cladding and the mode is no longer guided Note: misleading ordinate lable .Power Confinement vs V-Number This shows the fraction of the power that is propagating in the cladding vs the V number for different modes. and material indices of refraction is proportional to the core diameter a As the core diameter is dereased more and more of each mode propagates in the cladding.

Loss goes approximately exponentially with decreasing radius untill a discontinuity is reached«.Macrobending Loss One thing that the geometrical ray view point cannot calculate is the amount of bending loss encountered by low order modes.when the fiber breaks! .

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