Photonic lantern adaptive spatial mode control in LMA fiber amplifiers
February 22, 2016
Opt. Express, Vol. 24, No. 4, 22 February 2016, pp. 3405-13.
We demonstrate adaptive-spatial mode control (ASMC) in few-moded double-clad large mode area (LMA) fiber amplifiers by using an all-fiber-based photonic lantern. Three single-mode fiber inputs are used to adaptively inject the appropriate superposition of input modes in a multimode gain fiber to achieve the desired mode at the output. By actively adjusting the relative phase of the single-mode inputs, near-unity coherent combination resulting in a single fundamental mode at the output is achieved.