Abstract

LP01LP02 mode converters based on UV-written intracore gratings have been fabricated for chromatic-dispersion compensation. The mode converters operate in transmission at wavelengths near 1550  nm with spectral bandwidths of 14–25  nm and coupling efficiencies of as much as 90%. A large negative dispersion of -335 ps/nm km is obtained for a compensator consisting of the mode converter and a 1490-m-long few-mode fiber. The compensator shows negative dispersion over a wavelength region of 5  nm. Its figure of merit is estimated to be 370 ps/nm dB.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

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