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Spatial-mode conversion using random diffuser and spatial light modulator for reduction of modal crosstalk
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Paper Abstract

The mode-division multiplexing (MDM) technique enables the transmission of multiple signals within a multi-mode fiber (MMF) or a few-mode fiber (FMF). To construct an efficient and flexible MDM network in the same way as a wavelength-division multiplexing network, a mode conversion method with low modal crosstalk is required for switching between arbitrary spatial modes. However, in general, modal crosstalk is strongly dependent on the intensity pattern before mode conversion, and it is increased particularly for higher order modes. In order to reduce modal crosstalk, we propose a method using a random diffuser and a spatial light modulator (SLM). In the proposed method, firstly, the input spatial mode is dispersed uniformly by the random diffuser. Subsequently, the diffused phase distribution is canceled and converted into the desired spatial mode by the SLM, which displays phase difference between desired and diffused modes. Consequently, every spatial mode can be evenly converted into a desired mode. Here, we numerically simulate and confirm that the proposed method can reduce modal crosstalk compared to the conversion method without the random diffuser.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 February 2016
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9774, Next-Generation Optical Communication: Components, Sub-Systems, and Systems V, 97740I (13 February 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2212700
Show Author Affiliations
Koki Ishii, Hokkaido Univ. (Japan)
Atsushi Okamoto, Hokkaido Univ. (Japan)
Takehiro Tsuritani, KDDI R&D Labs., Inc. (Japan)
Yuta Wakayama, KDDI R&D Labs., Inc. (Japan)
Yuta Goto, Hokkaido Univ. (Japan)
Akihisa Tomita, Hokkaido Univ. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9774:
Next-Generation Optical Communication: Components, Sub-Systems, and Systems V
Guifang Li; Xiang Zhou, Editor(s)

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