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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 2013
  • pp: 3554–3557

Free-space to single-mode collection efficiency enhancement using photonic lanterns

Ibrahim Ozdur, Paul Toliver, Anjali Agarwal, and T. K. Woodward  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 18, pp. 3554-3557 (2013)

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We demonstrate single-mode collection efficiency enhancement for free space optical systems using a photonic lantern to collect scattered infrared light from diffuse objects at far- and near-field distances. A single-mode collection efficiency improvement of 8dB is demonstrated in the near-field region relative to standard single-mode fiber. The insertion loss properties of the photonic lantern are also analyzed, and an additional insertion loss penalty is observed for near-field distances when the transmitted beam is collimated. The photonic lantern can be used for coherent detection systems such as light detection and ranging and free-space optical communication with improved collection efficiency and nearly perfect mode matching.

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OCIS Codes
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(010.0280) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Remote sensing and sensors

ToC Category:
Remote Sensing and Sensors

Original Manuscript: June 17, 2013
Revised Manuscript: July 31, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: August 6, 2013
Published: September 6, 2013

Ibrahim Ozdur, Paul Toliver, Anjali Agarwal, and T. K. Woodward, "Free-space to single-mode collection efficiency enhancement using photonic lanterns," Opt. Lett. 38, 3554-3557 (2013)

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