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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 28 — Dec. 31, 2012
  • pp: 29776–29783

Impact of mode coupling on the mode-dependent loss tolerance in few-mode fiber transmission

Adriana Lobato, Filipe Ferreira, Maxim Kuschnerov, Dirk van den Borne, Sander L. Jansen, Antonio Napoli, Bernhard Spinnler, and Berthold Lankl  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 28, pp. 29776-29783 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.029776


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Abstract

Spatial-division multiplexing in the form of few-mode fibers has captured the attention of researchers since it is an attractive approach to significantly increase the channel capacity. However, the optical components employed in such systems introduce mode-dependent loss or gain (MDL) due to manufacturing imperfections, leading to significant system impairments. In this work the impact of MDL from optical amplifiers in few-mode fibers with either weak or strong mode coupling is analyzed for a 3x136-Gbit/s DP-QPSK mode-division multiplexed transmission system. It is shown that strong mode coupling reduces the impact of MDL in a similar manner as that polarization-dependent loss is reduced in single mode fibers by polarization-mode dispersion.

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OCIS Codes
(060.1660) Fiber optics and optical communications : Coherent communications
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications
(060.4230) Fiber optics and optical communications : Multiplexing

ToC Category:
Transmission Systems and Network Elements

History
Original Manuscript: October 1, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: December 2, 2012
Published: December 21, 2012

Virtual Issues
European Conference on Optical Communication 2012 (2012) Optics Express

Citation
Adriana Lobato, Filipe Ferreira, Maxim Kuschnerov, Dirk van den Borne, Sander L. Jansen, Antonio Napoli, Bernhard Spinnler, and Berthold Lankl, "Impact of mode coupling on the mode-dependent loss tolerance in few-mode fiber transmission," Opt. Express 20, 29776-29783 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-28-29776


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