Performance metrics and design considerations for a free-space optical orbital-angular-momentum–multiplexed communication link

Xie, G. et al. (2015) Performance metrics and design considerations for a free-space optical orbital-angular-momentum–multiplexed communication link. Optica, 2(4), pp. 357-365. (doi:10.1364/OPTICA.2.000357)

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Abstract

The capacity of free-space optical (FSO) communication links could potentially be increased by the simultaneous transmission of multiple orbital angular momentum (OAM) beams. For such an OAM multiplexing approach, one requires the collection of adequate power as well as proportion of the phase front for a system with minimal crosstalk. Here we study the design considerations for an OAM-multiplexed free-space data link, analyzing the power loss, channel crosstalk, and power penalty of the link in the case of limited-size receiver apertures and misalignment between the transmitter and the receiver. We describe the trade-offs for different transmitted beam sizes, receiver aperture sizes, and mode spacing of the transmitted OAM beams under given lateral displacements or receiver angular errors. Through simulations and some experiments, we show that (1) a system with a larger transmitted beam size and a larger receiver aperture is more tolerant to lateral displacement but less tolerant to the receiver angular error, and (2) a system with a larger mode spacing, which uses larger OAM charges, suffers more system power loss but less channel crosstalk; thus, a system with a small mode spacing shows a lower system power penalty when system power loss dominates (e.g., a small lateral displacement or receiver angular error), whereas that with a larger mode spacing shows a lower power penalty when channel crosstalk dominates (e.g., a larger lateral displacement or receiver angular error). This work could be beneficial to the practical implementation of OAM-multiplexed FSO links.

Item Type:Articles (Letter)
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lavery, Dr Martin
Authors: Xie, G., Li, L., Ren, Y., Huang, H., Yan, Y., Ahmed, N., Zhao, Z., Lavery, M., Ashrafi, N., Ashrafi, S., Bock, R., Tur, M., Molisch, A. F., and Willner, A. E.
Subjects:Q Science > QC Physics
T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
Journal Name:Optica
Publisher:The Optical Society
ISSN:2334-2536
ISSN (Online):2334-2536
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 Optical Society of America
First Published:First published in Optica 2(4):357-365
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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