Overlap relation between free-space Laguerre Gaussian modes and step-index fiber modes

Robert Brüning, Yingwen Zhang, Melanie McLaren, Michael Duparré, Andrew Forbes
2015 Optical Society of America. Journal A: Optics, Image Science, and Vision  
We investigated the overlap relation of the free-space Laguerre-Gaussian modes to the corresponding linearly polarized modes of a step-index fiber. To maximize the overlap for an efficient coupling of the free-space modes into a fiber, the scale-dependent overlap was theoretically and experimentally determined. The presented studies pave the way for further improvement of free-space to fiber optical connections.
doi:10.1364/josaa.32.001678 pmid:26367436 fatcat:bjidxzy5xratxmeqrf25ausr5u