A step index multimode optical fiber with a perturbation on a micrometer scale, inducing a periodic deformation of the fiber section along its propagation axis, is theoretically investigated. The studied microperturbation is mechanically achieved using two microstructured jaws squeezing the straight fiber. As opposed to optical fiber microbend sensors, the optical axis of the proposed transducer is not bended; only the optical fiber section is deformed. Further, the strain applied on the fiber produces a periodical elliptical modification of the core and a modulation of the index of refraction. As a consequence of the micrometer scale perturbation period, the resulting mode coupling occurs directly between guided and radiated modes. To simulate the transmission induced by these kinds of perturbations, simplified models considering only total mode couplings are often used. In order to investigate the range of validity of this approximation, results are compared to the electromagnetic mode couplings rigorously computed for the first time, to our knowledge, with a large multimode fiber (more than 6000 linear polarized modes) using the Marcuse model. In addition, in order to have a more complete modeling of the proposed transducer, the anisotropic elasto-optic effects in the stressed multimode fiber are considered. In this way, the transmission of the microperturbed optical fiber transmission and, therefore, the behavior of the transducer are physically explained and its applications as a future stretching sensor are discussed.
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