4 × 20 Gbit/s mode division multiplexing over free space using vector modes and a q-plate mode (de)multiplexer

Milione, G. et al. (2015) 4 × 20 Gbit/s mode division multiplexing over free space using vector modes and a q-plate mode (de)multiplexer. Optics Letters, 40(9), pp. 1980-1983. (doi:10.1364/OL.40.001980)

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Abstract

Vector modes are spatial modes that have spatially inhomogeneous states of polarization, such as, radial and azimuthal polarization. In this work, the spatially inhomogeneous states of polarization of vector modes are used to increase the transmission data rate of free-space optical communication via mode division multiplexing. A mode (de)multiplexer for vector modes based on a liquid crystal q-plate is introduced. As a proof of principle, four vector modes each carrying a 20-Gbit/s quadrature phase shift keying signal (aggregate 80 Gbit/s) on a single wavelength channel (λ∼1550  nm) were transmitted ∼1  m over the lab table with <−16.4  dB mode crosstalk. Bit error rates for all vector modes were measured at the 7% forward error correction threshold with power penalties <3.41  dB.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lavery, Dr Martin
Authors: Milione, G., Lavery, M. P.J., Huang, H., Ren, Y., Xie, G., Nguyen, T. A., Karimi, E., Marrucci, L., Nolan, D. A., Alfano, R. R., and Willner, A. E.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
Journal Name:Optics Letters
Publisher:Optical Society of America
ISSN:0146-9592
ISSN (Online):1539-4794

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