Mandrel Wrapping

In Multimode Fiber optics, a technique used to modify the Modal Distribution of a propagating optical signal.

Note: A cylindrical rod wrap consists of a specified number turns of fiber on a mandrel of specified size, depending on the fiber characteristics and the desired modal distribution. It has application in optical Transmission performance tests, to simulate, i.e., establish, equilibrium Mode distribution in a Launch Fiber (a fiber used to inject a test signal in another fiber that is under test). IF the launch fiber is fully filled ahead of the mandrel wrap, the higher-order Modes will be stripped off, leaving only lower-order modes. If the launch fiber is underfilled, e.g., as a consequence of being energized by a Laser Diode or edge-emitting LED, there will be a redistribution to higher-order modes until modal equilibrium is reached.

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