The transmission of light as a function of wavelength through biconical tapers formed in sections of monomode and low-mode number optical fibers is considered. It is found that in the monomode propagation regime the transmission varies sinusoidally with wavelength with a 50% peak loss and a 50-nm period, for tapers typical of those used in the manufacture of fused-biconical directional couplers. The observed dependence of transmission on wavelength can be understood using a coupled-mode formalism and leads to new insights into the operation of monomode fused-biconical directional couplers.
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CorrectionsDaniel T. Cassidy, Derwyn C. Johnson, and Kenneth O. Hill, "Wavelength-dependent transmission of monomode optical fiber tapers: errata," Appl. Opt. 25, 328-328 (1986)