Patent Number: 6,434,311

Title: Reducing mode interference in transmission of a high order mode in optical fibers

Abstract: An optical waveguide supporting a plurality of modes including an annulus which attenuates a desired mode to a lesser degree than any other mode in the plurality of modes. In one embodiment, the annulus is disposed in the core of the waveguide. In another embodiment, the annulus is concentric about the core. In another embodiment, the annulus has a predetermined width and radius. In yet another embodiment the optical waveguide includes an annulus that is disposed at a radial position corresponding to a region in the core in which the desired mode has substantially no energy. In yet another embodiment the desired mode includes the LP.sub.02 mode. In another embodiment, the annulus includes a scattering material. In still another embodiment, the annulus includes a conductive dopant material. Another embodiment includes a sharp change of refractive index within the core. Still other embodiments include disposing a region of increased refractive index in the core of the waveguide to attenuate undesired modes. Another embodiment includes disposing a region of decreased refractive index in the core of the waveguide to attenuate undesired modes. Other embodiments include combinations of annuli. These combinations of annuli can include, for example, absorbing annuli, scattering annuli, annuli comprising conductive dopant material, regions of increased refractive index, and regions of decreased refractive index or any combination thereof.

Inventors: Danziger; Yochay (Dallas, TX), Herman; Eran (Rishon Le Zion, IL), Levy; Uri (Rehovot, IL), Rosenblit; Michael (Ashdod, IL)

Assignee: LaserComm Inc.

International Classification: G02B 6/02 (20060101); G02B 6/036 (20060101); G02B 006/14 (); G02B 006/16 (); G02B 006/22 ()

Expiration Date: 08/13/2019