This paper describes an advanced multimode-fiber-link model that was used to aid the development of Telecommunication Industry Association standard specifications for a next-generation 50-µm -core laser-optimized multimode fiber. The multimode-link model takes into account the interactions of the laser, the transmitter optical subassembly, and the fiber, as well as effects of connections and the receiver preamplifier. We present models for each of these components. Based on these models, we also develop an efficient and simple formalism for the calculation of the fiber transfer function and the signal at the link output in any link configuration. We demonstrate how the model may be used to develop specifications on transmitters and fibers that guarantee any desired level of performance.
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