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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 2 — Jan. 15, 2013
  • pp: 241–243

Digital coherent receiver for orbital angular momentum demultiplexing

Aniceto Belmonte and Juan P. Torres  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 2, pp. 241-243 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.38.000241


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Abstract

We put forward a type of receiver for coherent detection of the photon orbital angular momentum (OAM). A coherent array receiver, consisting of multiple subapertures, with each subaperture coupled to a single-mode fiber, maps the complex optical field in the image plane. Using digital samplers connected to each array element, the local electrical signals resulting from the detection process can be measured coherently, moving the complexity of the full OAM measurement from the optical domain to the digital domain. By computer processing the coherent electrical patterns obtained, one can retrieve full information (amplitude and phase) of the different OAM components that constitute any incoming beam.

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OCIS Codes
(060.4230) Fiber optics and optical communications : Multiplexing
(140.3295) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam characterization
(050.4865) Diffraction and gratings : Optical vortices

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: November 15, 2012
Revised Manuscript: December 19, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: December 19, 2012
Published: January 15, 2013

Citation
Aniceto Belmonte and Juan P. Torres, "Digital coherent receiver for orbital angular momentum demultiplexing," Opt. Lett. 38, 241-243 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-38-2-241

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