Abstract

A simple spatial method using a coherent light source and an interferometer is proposed for measuring the group delay time difference between the LP01 and LP11 modes in a dual-mode optical fiber. Experimental results obtained by this method are in good agreement with those obtained by the swept-frequency and pulse methods. Moreover, a group delay time difference of 4 psec is measured. Results suggest that this spatial method can be applied to a short fiber less than 1 m in length and/or small time differences around 1 psec by using a laser diode with a short coherence length.

© 1980 Optical Society of America

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