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22 July 2016 Modal noise characterisation of a hybrid reformatter
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This paper reports on the modal noise characterisation of a hybrid reformatter. The device consists of a multicore-fibre photonic lantern and an ultrafast laser-inscribed slit reformatter. It operates around 1550 nm and supports 92 modes. Photonic lanterns transform a multimode signal into an array of single-mode signals, and thus combine the high coupling efficiency of multimode fibres with the diffraction-limited performance of single-mode fibres. This paper presents experimental measurements of the device point spread function properties under different coupling conditions, and its throughput behaviour at high spectral resolution. The device demonstrates excellent scrambling but its point spread function is not completely stable. Mode field diameter and mode bary-centre position at the device output vary as the multicore fibre is agitated due to the fabrication imperfections.
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Izabela Spaleniak, David G. MacLachlan, Itandehui Gris-Sánchez, Debaditya Choudhury, Robert J. Harris, Alexander Arriola, Jeremy R. Allington-Smith, Timothy A. Birks, and Robert R. Thomson "Modal noise characterisation of a hybrid reformatter", Proc. SPIE 9912, Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation II, 991228 (22 July 2016);


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