2 October 2014 Digital holograms for laser mode multiplexing
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High-capacity data transmission has been implemented using single channel optical systems. This technique is limited and soon it will be unable to fulfill the growing needs for higher bit rate data transmission. Hence multi-mode transmission has been recently given attention as a potential solution to the current problems. In this context, we demonstrate a method of multiplexing laser modes using spatial light modulators (SLMs). In our proposed technique, we use Laguerre Gaussian (LG) modes, which form a complete basis set; hence multi-mode masks can be created by taking a linear combination of the LG modes. Since LG modes are characterised by two degrees of freedom, the azimuthal index ` and radial index ρ, this allows for multi-dimensional states. There are however some experimental challenges which include the sensitivity of the setup to misalignment, that leads to mode-coupling. It is also important that the injected modes ha a uniform power spectrum so that are weighted equally. The size of the multi-modes is highly dependent on the resolution of the SLM.
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Thandeka Mhlanga, Thandeka Mhlanga, Abderrahmen Trichili, Abderrahmen Trichili, Angela Dudley, Angela Dudley, Darryl Naidoo, Darryl Naidoo, Mourad Zghal, Mourad Zghal, Andrew Forbes, Andrew Forbes, } "Digital holograms for laser mode multiplexing", Proc. SPIE 9194, Laser Beam Shaping XV, 91941B (2 October 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2062999; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2062999


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