What's the mode of light in single-mode fiber?

In summary, the conversation discusses the difference between single-mode and multi-mode fiber and the mode used for single-mode fiber. The research done so far has been through online sources and the question has been asked on which mode is used in single-mode optical fiber. The dominant mode for single-mode fiber is LP01, which is the lowest order mode. This can be seen through the V number, which is inversely proportional to the wavelength of the guided light. While there may be some percentage of light in higher order modes, it is generally negligible for dominant single-mode operation.
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iVenky
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Hi,

We talk about single-mode and multi-mode fiber and I assume they talk about the way of sending just one modes (TEM or TMmn or TEmn). Which mode is generally used for single-mode fiber? Is this set by the geometry of the single-mode fiber (especially the opening)? Also, this means that the source of light should have the same mode, right?
 
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iVenky said:
Hi,

We talk about single-mode and multi-mode fiber and I assume they talk about the way of sending just one modes (TEM or TMmn or TEmn). Which mode is generally used for single-mode fiber? Is this set by the geometry of the single-mode fiber (especially the opening)? Also, this means that the source of light should have the same mode, right?
what research have you done so far and what has that reading told you?
give some links you have read and let us know what bits you need clarification on :smile:
 
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davenn said:
what research have you done so far and what has that reading told you?
give some links you have read and let us know what bits you need clarification on :smile:
Hi Thanks for the reply.

I was just studying about single and multi-mode fiber online. Since it says single-mode fiber, I assumed that it sends only one of the modes of the electromagnetic wave, but don't know which one.
 
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iVenky said:
Hi Thanks for the reply.

I was just studying about single and multi-mode fiber online. Since it says single-mode fiber, I assumed that it sends only one of the modes of the electromagnetic wave, but don't know which one.
googling your question

which mode is used in single mode optical fibre ?

brings up many links ...

https://www.bing.com/search?q=which...s=n&sk=&cvid=8751a3d4893a4345977238848959c110go have a read and see if your question gets answered
if you are still struggling, then give one of those links and tell us what part you don't understand :smile:Dave
 
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iVenky said:
This is exactly what I was looking for. So the dominant mode is LP01.
Single mode, in any optical context, always means the lowest order mode. In principle, that's the LP01 or gaussian mode. Whether a fiber is single mode or not depends strongly on the wavelength of the guided light, as the V number is inversely proportional to the wavelength. It's the same with laser light. If the beam is meant to be single mode its intensity profile is always gaussian. But as anything in the world, there is no 100% perfection. So even in single mode, some percentage of the light might be in higher order modes. But these percentage a in general negligible for dominant single mode opperation.
 

Related to What's the mode of light in single-mode fiber?

What is single-mode fiber?

Single-mode fiber is a type of optical fiber that has a small core diameter (usually 9 microns) and only allows one mode of light to propagate through it. This means that the light travels in a single straight path, resulting in less signal loss and higher data transmission rates.

What is the mode of light in single-mode fiber?

The mode of light in single-mode fiber refers to the path that the light travels through the fiber. In single-mode fiber, the light travels in a single straight path, as opposed to multi-mode fiber where the light travels in multiple paths.

How does single-mode fiber differ from multi-mode fiber?

Single-mode fiber has a smaller core diameter and only allows one mode of light to propagate through it, while multi-mode fiber has a larger core diameter and allows multiple modes of light to propagate through it. This results in differences in signal loss, bandwidth, and data transmission rates.

What are the advantages of using single-mode fiber?

The advantages of using single-mode fiber include higher data transmission rates, longer transmission distances, and less signal loss. This makes it ideal for long-distance communication and high-speed data transmission applications.

What are the applications of single-mode fiber?

Single-mode fiber is commonly used in telecommunications, long-distance communication, and high-speed data transmission networks. It is also used in applications such as cable TV, internet, and telephone services.

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