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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 20 — Oct. 15, 2013
  • pp: 4062–4065

Atmospheric turbulence effects on the performance of a free space optical link employing orbital angular momentum multiplexing

Yongxiong Ren, Hao Huang, Guodong Xie, Nisar Ahmed, Yan Yan, Baris I. Erkmen, Nivedita Chandrasekaran, Martin P. J. Lavery, Nicholas K. Steinhoff, Moshe Tur, Samuel Dolinar, Mark Neifeld, Miles J. Padgett, Robert W. Boyd, Jeffrey H. Shapiro, and Alan E. Willner  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 20, pp. 4062-4065 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.38.004062


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Abstract

We experimentally investigate the performance of an orbital angular momentum (OAM) multiplexed free space optical (FSO) communication link through emulated atmospheric turbulence. The turbulence effects on the crosstalk and system power penalty of the FSO link are characterized. The experimental results show that the power of the transmitted OAM mode will tend to spread uniformly onto the neighboring mode in medium-to-strong turbulence, resulting in severe crosstalk at the receiver. The power penalty is found to exceed 10 dB in a weak-to-medium turbulence condition due to the turbulence-induced crosstalk and power fluctuation of the received signal.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1330) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric turbulence
(060.4230) Fiber optics and optical communications : Multiplexing
(060.2605) Fiber optics and optical communications : Free-space optical communication

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: July 29, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: August 28, 2013
Published: October 7, 2013

Citation
Yongxiong Ren, Hao Huang, Guodong Xie, Nisar Ahmed, Yan Yan, Baris I. Erkmen, Nivedita Chandrasekaran, Martin P. J. Lavery, Nicholas K. Steinhoff, Moshe Tur, Samuel Dolinar, Mark Neifeld, Miles J. Padgett, Robert W. Boyd, Jeffrey H. Shapiro, and Alan E. Willner, "Atmospheric turbulence effects on the performance of a free space optical link employing orbital angular momentum multiplexing," Opt. Lett. 38, 4062-4065 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-38-20-4062


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