Abstract

Single-mode excitation of step-index multimode fibers with light sources with short temporal coherence lengths is demonstrated. Multimode fiber designs with reduced microbending-induced mode coupling are described that allow the propagation of the fundamental mode over long lengths with negligible mode coupling even in the presence of tight fiber bends. At a wavelength of 1.56 µm a fiber with a core diameter of 45 µm can preserve the fundamental mode for a propagation length of 20 m. Such fibers allow coiling with a coil diameter as small as 7  cm.

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