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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 8 — Apr. 22, 2013
  • pp: 9484–9490

Random coupling between groups of degenerate fiber modes in mode multiplexed transmission

Cristian Antonelli, Antonio Mecozzi, Mark Shtaif, and Peter J. Winzer  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 8, pp. 9484-9490 (2013)

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We study random coupling induced crosstalk between groups of degenerate modes in spatially multiplexed optical transmission. Our analysis shows that the average crosstalk is primarily determined by the wavenumber mismatch, by the correlation length of the random perturbations, and by the coherence length of the degenerate modes, whereas the effect of a deterministic group velocity difference is negligible. The standard deviation of the crosstalk is shown to be comparable to its average value, implying that crosstalk measurements are inherently noisy.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications
(060.4230) Fiber optics and optical communications : Multiplexing
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: January 4, 2013
Revised Manuscript: February 18, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: March 4, 2013
Published: April 9, 2013

Cristian Antonelli, Antonio Mecozzi, Mark Shtaif, and Peter J. Winzer, "Random coupling between groups of degenerate fiber modes in mode multiplexed transmission," Opt. Express 21, 9484-9490 (2013)

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