Amplification sharing of non-degenerate modes in an elliptical-core few-mode erbium-doped fiber

Optics Express (2016)

Section : Fiber Networks
Publication date: 2016

Authors: J.-B. Trinel1, Y. Quiquempois1, A. Le Rouge1, G. Le Cocq1, L. Garcia2, J.-F. Morizur2, G. Labroille2, L. Bigot1


Optics Express 24, 4654 (2016).

We report on the study of a possible first step integration of mode division multiplexed optical component for single-mode fiber networks. State-of-the-art on few-mode erbium-doped fiber amplifiers is used to integrate the amplification function in a single component, which is expected to save energy in comparison to parallelized active components. So as to limit the impact of modal cross-talk, an elliptical-core few-mode erbium-doped fiber has been used to assemble an amplifier sharing setup for different single mode fibers, using non-degenerate modes. With this simple setup, we show the level of performances that can be reached for cross-talk, gain, differential modal gain and losses and discuss the ways to improve them for a possible integration in a real network.