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4 February 1988 Tapered Fibers: An Overview
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Proceedings Volume 0839, Components for Fiber Optic Applications II; (1988)
Event: Cambridge Symposium on Fiber Optics and Integrated Optoelectronics, 1987, Cambridge, MA, United States
Fused tapered couplers are typically cladding-mode devices although the effect of the core is not always negligible. Tapers of single fibers may be used as a building-block to their understanding. If the tapering is not slow, then higher-order mode coupling effects occur. This degrades the coupling between fibers in a fused coupler. However such an effect in a single fiber may be usefully exploited as a basis for interferometric type devices. Accordingly, we review the transmission properties of biconically tapered fibers and propagation mechanisms involved therein, giving reference to fused tapered couplers. Furthermore, we consider tapering as a means of field access and manipulation, provide a comparison with polishing and etching, and discuss applications such as simple in-line modulation and filtering.
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R. J. Black, E Gonthier, S. Lacroix, J. Lapierre, and J. Bures "Tapered Fibers: An Overview", Proc. SPIE 0839, Components for Fiber Optic Applications II, (4 February 1988);

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