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Fabrication and characterization of ion-exchanged glass binary phase plates for mode-division multiplexing
Author(s): Carlos Montero; Vicente Moreno; Xesús Prieto-Blanco; Eduardo F. Mateo; Ezra Ip; Jesús Liñares
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Paper Abstract

In response to ever growing data traffic, significant efforts are being made to increase optical network capacity. One promising candidate is mode-division multiplexing (MDM) in few-mode fibers, which uses space as a new information-bearing dimension. A fundamental element for MDM is a modal transformer. Modal transformation can be implemented in a free-space basis by using multi-region phase plates. In this work we present the design, fabrication and characterization of monolithic binary phase plates by highly-uniform Ag+/Na+ ion-exchange in glass. Diffracted optical field intensities have been measured and high quality mode transformation has been confirmed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 January 2012
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8284, Next-Generation Optical Communication: Components, Sub-Systems, and Systems, 82840H (24 January 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.910297
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Carlos Montero, Univ. de Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
Vicente Moreno, Univ. de Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
Xesús Prieto-Blanco, Univ. de Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
Eduardo F. Mateo, NEC Labs. America, Inc. (United States)
Ezra Ip, NEC Labs. America, Inc. (United States)
Jesús Liñares, Univ. de Santiago de Compostela (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8284:
Next-Generation Optical Communication: Components, Sub-Systems, and Systems
Guifang Li; Dieter Stefan Jäger, Editor(s)

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