Abstract

In this Letter, we propose a multi-channel mode converter with the concept of a modal interferometer in a two-mode fiber (TMF). Two lateral stress points in a TMF function as in-line fiber mode couplers to construct the modal interferometer, and both transmission spectra and near-field patterns confirm that the LP01 mode is successfully converted into an LP11 mode at the multiple channels. The measured mode conversion efficiency almost completely follows the theoretical tendency. Finally, the mode conversion is realized at 20 channels in the C+L wavelength band with conversion efficiency up to 99.5% and insertion loss as low as 0.6 dB. Furthermore, the channel spacing can be freely tailored by adjusting the distance between two stress points.

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Visualization 1       The evolution of mode conversion from LP01 to LP11 mode at 20 channels in the wavelength range from 1530 to 1630 nm.

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