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Device design and signal processing for multiple-input multiple-output multimode fiber links
Author(s): Kumar Appaiah; Sriram Vishwanath; Seth R. Bank
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Paper Abstract

Multimode fibers (MMFs) are limited in data rate capabilities owing to modal dispersion. However, their large core diameter simplifies alignment and packaging, and makes them attractive for short and medium length links. Recent research has shown that the use of signal processing and techniques such as multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) can greatly improve the data rate capabilities of multimode fibers. In this paper, we review recent experimental work using MIMO and signal processing for multimode fibers, and the improvements in data rates achievable with these techniques. We then present models to design as well as simulate the performance benefits obtainable with arrays of lasers and detectors in conjunction with MIMO, using channel capacity as the metric to optimize. We also discuss some aspects related to complexity of the algorithms needed for signal processing and discuss techniques for low complexity implementation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 February 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8267, Optoelectronic Interconnects XII, 826715 (2 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.913882
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Kumar Appaiah, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Sriram Vishwanath, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Seth R. Bank, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8267:
Optoelectronic Interconnects XII
Alexei L. Glebov; Ray T. Chen, Editor(s)

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