Abstract

The excitation and separation of individual modes in a few-mode optical fiber network can be realized using mode-selective couplers. For excitation at the beginning of the fiber, two-core mode-selective couplers can be used, while at the end of the fiber, either two- or three-core mode-selective couplers are required for demultiplexing of the field symmetric or field asymmetric modes, respectively. Both analytical and numerical solutions are presented to quantify the mode-selective functionality.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

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