Optical Fiber Waveguide Physics

Authored by: Liang Dong , Bryce Samson

Fiber Lasers

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  September  2016

Print ISBN: 9781498725545
eBook ISBN: 9781315370521
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781315370521-3

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Abstract

The goal of this chapter is to introduce to the readers basic physics and theories of optical fibers relevant to fiber lasers. Basic physics of light guidance in optical fibers is introduced first through ray optics and then modes in waveguides. Important properties of optical fibers are introduced. Mode-coupling theory is described in order for readers to appreciate the key physics of mode coupling, which is important for understanding behaviors and operations of multimode fibers and fiber devices used in fiber lasers. These topics are also critical for understanding fundamental issues in ongoing research and development in fiber lasers.

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