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Experimental analysis of orbital angular momentum-carrying beams in turbulence
Author(s): Jaime A. Anguita; Joaquin Herreros
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Paper Abstract

In a laboratory experiment we generate, propagate, and detect laser vortex beams carrying orbital angular momentum (OAM) by means of spatial light modulators (SLMs). We show that beams with OAM states from - 20 to +20 can be effectively generated using different types of phase gratings, and that excellent contrast between adjacent OAM modes is achieved. A weak turbulent air flow is induced on the propagation path to emulate the effects of atmospheric turbulence. By characterizing the effects of optical turbulence on the modal crosstalk among received OAM states we show that it is possible to distinguish them for the purpose of increasing the data throughput of a laser communication link in weak turbulence. It is also demonstrated that by increasing the complexity of the receiver, optical separation of the OAM modes is possible at stronger turbulence conditions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 September 2011
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8162, Free-Space and Atmospheric Laser Communications XI, 816207 (14 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.892955
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Jaime A. Anguita, Univ. de Los Andes (Chile)
Joaquin Herreros, Univ. de Los Andes (Chile)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8162:
Free-Space and Atmospheric Laser Communications XI
Arun K. Majumdar; Christopher C. Davis, Editor(s)

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