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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 4 — Feb. 24, 2014
  • pp: 3787–3796

Multi-Element Fiber Technology for Space-Division Multiplexing Applications

S. Jain, V. J. F. Rancaño, T. C. May-Smith, P. Petropoulos, J. K. Sahu, and D. J. Richardson  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 4, pp. 3787-3796 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.22.003787


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Abstract

A novel technological approach to space division multiplexing (SDM) based on the use of multiple individual fibers embedded in a common polymer coating material is presented, which is referred to as Multi-Element Fiber (MEF). The approach ensures ultralow crosstalk between spatial channels and allows for cost-effective ways of realizing multi-spatial channel amplification and signal multiplexing/demultiplexing. Both the fabrication and characterization of a passive 3-element MEF for data transmission, and an active 5-element erbium/ytterbium doped MEF for cladding-pumped optical amplification that uses one of the elements as an integrated pump delivery fiber is reported. Finally, both components were combined to emulate an optical fiber network comprising SDM transmission lines and amplifiers, and illustrate the compatibility of the approach with existing installed single-mode WDM fiber systems.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2280) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber design and fabrication
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators

ToC Category:
Fibres, Fibre Devices, and Amplifiers

History
Original Manuscript: November 11, 2013
Revised Manuscript: January 27, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: February 4, 2014
Published: February 11, 2014

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European Conference and Exhibition on Optical Communication (2013) Optics Express

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S. Jain, V. J. F. Rancaño, T. C. May-Smith, P. Petropoulos, J. K. Sahu, and D. J. Richardson, "Multi-Element Fiber Technology for Space-Division Multiplexing Applications," Opt. Express 22, 3787-3796 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-22-4-3787


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