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Multi-element fiber technology for space-division multiplexing applications

Multi-element fiber technology for space-division multiplexing applications
Multi-element fiber technology for space-division multiplexing applications
A novel technological approach to space division multiplexing (SDM) based on the use of multiple individual fibers embedded in a common polymer coating material is presented, which is referred to as Multi-Element Fiber (MEF). The approach ensures ultralow crosstalk between spatial channels and allows for cost-effective ways of realizing multi-spatial channel amplification and signal multiplexing/demultiplexing. Both the fabrication and characterization of a passive 3-element MEF for data transmission, and an active 5-element erbium/ytterbium doped MEF for cladding-pumped optical amplification that uses one of the elements as an integrated pump delivery fiber is reported. Finally, both components were combined to emulate an optical fiber network comprising SDM transmission lines and amplifiers, and illustrate the compatibility of the approach with existing installed single-mode WDM fiber systems.
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Rancaño, V.J.F.
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Petropoulos, P.
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Sahu, J.K.
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Richardson, D.J.
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Jain, S.
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Rancaño, V.J.F.
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Petropoulos, P.
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Jain, S., Rancaño, V.J.F., May-Smith, T.C., Petropoulos, P., Sahu, J.K. and Richardson, D.J. (2014) Multi-element fiber technology for space-division multiplexing applications. Optics Express, 22 (4), 3787-3796. (doi:10.1364/OE.22.003787).

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A novel technological approach to space division multiplexing (SDM) based on the use of multiple individual fibers embedded in a common polymer coating material is presented, which is referred to as Multi-Element Fiber (MEF). The approach ensures ultralow crosstalk between spatial channels and allows for cost-effective ways of realizing multi-spatial channel amplification and signal multiplexing/demultiplexing. Both the fabrication and characterization of a passive 3-element MEF for data transmission, and an active 5-element erbium/ytterbium doped MEF for cladding-pumped optical amplification that uses one of the elements as an integrated pump delivery fiber is reported. Finally, both components were combined to emulate an optical fiber network comprising SDM transmission lines and amplifiers, and illustrate the compatibility of the approach with existing installed single-mode WDM fiber systems.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 11 February 2014
Published date: 24 February 2014
Organisations: Optoelectronics Research Centre

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Local EPrints ID: 363284
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/363284
ISSN: 1094-4087
PURE UUID: 8b6e855b-d336-4d42-b29a-9c8ad02ece57
ORCID for P. Petropoulos: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1576-8034
ORCID for D.J. Richardson: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7751-1058

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Date deposited: 20 Mar 2014 17:34
Last modified: 17 Sep 2019 01:09

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