Optical MIMO Multi-mode Fiber Transmission using Photonic Lanterns

Andreas Ahrens, André Sandmann, Steffen Lochmann

Abstract

Within the last years the multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) technology has attracted increasing interest in the optical fiber community. Theoretically, the concept of MIMO is well-understood and shows some similarities to wireless MIMO systems. However, practical implementations of optical components are in the focus of interest. Optical couplers have long been used as passive optical components being able to combine or split single-input single-output (SISO) data transmissions. They have been proven to be well-suited for the optical MIMO transmission despite their insertion losses and asymmetries. Nowadays, next to optical couplers, photonic lanterns (PLs) have attracted a lot of attention in the research community as they offer the benefit of a low loss transition from the input fibers to the modes supported by the waveguide at its output. In this contribution the properties of a six-port PL are evaluated by measurements with regards to their respective MIMO suitability. Based on the obtained results, a simplified time-domain MIMO simulation model, including PLs for mode combining at the transmitter-side as well as for mode splitting at the receiver-side, is elaborated. Our results obtained by the simulated bit-error rate (BER) performance as well as by measurements show that PLs are well-suited for the optical MIMO transmission.

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Ahrens A., Sandmann A. and Lochmann S. (2017). Optical MIMO Multi-mode Fiber Transmission using Photonic Lanterns . In Proceedings of the 14th International Joint Conference on e-Business and Telecommunications - Volume 5: OPTICS, (ICETE 2017) ISBN 978-989-758-258-5, pages 24-31. DOI: 10.5220/0006394800240031


in Bibtex Style

@conference{optics17,
author={Andreas Ahrens and André Sandmann and Steffen Lochmann},
title={Optical MIMO Multi-mode Fiber Transmission using Photonic Lanterns},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 14th International Joint Conference on e-Business and Telecommunications - Volume 5: OPTICS, (ICETE 2017)},
year={2017},
pages={24-31},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0006394800240031},
isbn={978-989-758-258-5},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 14th International Joint Conference on e-Business and Telecommunications - Volume 5: OPTICS, (ICETE 2017)
TI - Optical MIMO Multi-mode Fiber Transmission using Photonic Lanterns
SN - 978-989-758-258-5
AU - Ahrens A.
AU - Sandmann A.
AU - Lochmann S.
PY - 2017
SP - 24
EP - 31
DO - 10.5220/0006394800240031