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Simulating thick atmospheric turbulence in the lab with application to orbital angular momentum communication

Rodenburg, Brandon and Mirhosseini, Mohammad and Malik, Mehul and Magaña-Loaiza, Omar S. and Yanakas, Michael and Maher, Laura and Steinhoff, Nicholas K. and Tyler, Glenn A. and Boyd, Robert W. (2014) Simulating thick atmospheric turbulence in the lab with application to orbital angular momentum communication. New Journal of Physics, 16 (3). Art. No. 033020. ISSN 1367-2630.

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We describe a procedure by which a long (≳1 km)optical path through atmospheric turbulence can be experimentally simulated in a controlled fashion and scaled down to distances easily accessible in a laboratory setting. This procedure is then used to simulate a 1 km long free-space communication link in which information is encoded in orbital angular momentum spatial modes. We also demonstrate that standard adaptive optics methods can be used to mitigate many of the effects of thick atmospheric turbulence.

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Additional Information:© 2014 IOP Publishing Ltd and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft. Content from this work may be used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licence. Any further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the title of the work, journal citation and DOI. Received 1 October 2013. Accepted 28 January 2014. Published 19 March 2014. We acknowledge Miles Padgett, Martin Lavery, and Daniel Gauthier for helpful discussions. Our work was supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) InPho program and OSML also acknowledges support from the CONACyT.
Errata:Brandon Rodenburg et al 2014 New J. Phys. 16 089501
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Subject Keywords:optical free-space communication, optical orbital angular momentum, turbulence
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Official Citation:Brandon Rodenburg et al 2014 New J. Phys. 16 033020
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