Laser Components has introduced ModeStrip assemblies for effective transmission of high-power laser light through optical fibres. With this technology cladding modes no longer pose a threat as the connectors filter undesired modes out of the fibre cladding.
The mode-strip connector contains a mode stripper, which strips the optical fibre of its cladding modes and conducts the generated heat away in a controlled manner, via a cooling element, preventing the thermal destruction of the fibre connector.
Fibre cables with ModeStrip connectors are mainly used in high power applications e.g. in laser material processing and optically pumping of fibre lasers. They are also used when a high optical beam quality, without cladding modes, is required or when thermal hotspots must be avoided in the fibre cladding.