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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 12 — Jun. 4, 2012
  • pp: 13195–13200

Influence of atmospheric turbulence on optical communications using orbital angular momentum for encoding

Mehul Malik, Malcolm O’Sullivan, Brandon Rodenburg, Mohammad Mirhosseini, Jonathan Leach, Martin P. J. Lavery, Miles J. Padgett, and Robert W. Boyd  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 12, pp. 13195-13200 (2012)

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We describe an experimental implementation of a free-space 11-dimensional communication system using orbital angular momentum (OAM) modes. This system has a maximum measured OAM channel capacity of 2.12 bits/photon. The effects of Kolmogorov thin-phase turbulence on the OAM channel capacity are quantified. We find that increasing the turbulence leads to a degradation of the channel capacity. We are able to mitigate the effects of turbulence by increasing the spacing between detected OAM modes. This study has implications for high-dimensional quantum key distribution (QKD) systems. We describe the sort of QKD system that could be built using our current technology.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1330) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric turbulence
(200.2605) Optics in computing : Free-space optical communication
(270.5568) Quantum optics : Quantum cryptography

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: April 25, 2012
Revised Manuscript: May 17, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: May 21, 2012
Published: May 25, 2012

Mehul Malik, Malcolm O’Sullivan, Brandon Rodenburg, Mohammad Mirhosseini, Jonathan Leach, Martin P. J. Lavery, Miles J. Padgett, and Robert W. Boyd, "Influence of atmospheric turbulence on optical communications using orbital angular momentum for encoding," Opt. Express 20, 13195-13200 (2012)

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