A post chemical etching process to a tapered seven-core fiber (TSCF) is proposed and experimentally demonstrated to effectively adjust the mode profiles of high-order supermodes, aimed to improve the figure of merit (FOM). The experimental results show that the FOM of an etched TSCF is as high as 1431.36 1/RIU, a 7.32-times enhancement compared with that of TSCF without etching, provided the TSCF has the same taper waist diameter of 19.20 µm. The proposed method opens a new, to the best of our knowledge, method for optimizing optical fiber sensor performance.
|Number of pages||4|
|Early online date||8 Sep 2022|
|Publication status||Published - 15 Sep 2022|