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Conical refraction multiplexing for free-space optical communications
Author(s): Yurii V. Loiko; Alex Turpin; Todor K. Kalkandjiev; Jordi Mompart
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Paper Abstract

Conical refraction (CR) is proposed to increase the channel capacity for free space optical communication applications. We present the first investigations of cascaded CR with a linearly polarized input beam and experimentally prove that two oppositely oriented consecutive identical biaxial crystals perform a forward-backward transformation of the incident light beam. This forward-backward transformation is reported for different input beams with Gaussian, elliptical and angularly modulated transverse intensity profiles and is the basis for our novel proposal on multiplexing and demultiplexing of optical beams. We present experimental proof of usefulness and perspective of the CR multiplexing technique by increasing in one order of magnitude the channel capacity at optical frequencies. The technique is applicable to any wavelength in optical and telecommunication bands. It can be also properly upgraded with the WDM technique.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 February 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8246, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XXIV, 82460T (23 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.909257
Show Author Affiliations
Yurii V. Loiko, Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)
Alex Turpin, Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)
Todor K. Kalkandjiev, Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)
Conerefringent Optics SL (Spain)
Jordi Mompart, Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8246:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XXIV
Hamid Hemmati; Don M. Boroson, Editor(s)

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