Abstract

A means of calculating optical power distribution in bent multimode optical fibers is proposed. It employs the power-flow equation approximated by the Fokker–Planck equation that is solved by the explicit finite-difference method. Conceptually important steps of this procedure include (i) dividing the full length of the bent optical fiber into a finite number of short, straight segments; (ii) solving the power equation for each segment sequentially to find its output distribution; and (iii) expressing that output distribution in rotated coordinates of the subsequent segment along the curved fiber to determine the input distribution for that subsequent segment and thus enable the calculation of the power flow and output distribution for it. The segment length and bend-induced perturbation of output angles are determined by geometric optics. The resulting power distributions are given at different cross sections along the curved fiber axis. They vary with the radius of fiber curvature and launch conditions. Results are compared to those for straight fiber. Bending loss is calculated as well.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

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