Mitigation for turbulence effects in a 40-Gbit/s orbital-angular-momentum-multiplexed free-space optical link between a ground station and a retro-reflecting UAV using MIMO equalization

Long Li, Runzhou Zhang, Peicheng Liao, Yinwen Cao, Haoqian Song, Yifan Zhao, Jing Du, Zhe Zhao, Cong Liu, Kai Pang, Hao Song, Ahmed Almaiman, Dmitry Starodubov, Brittany Lynn, Robert Bock, Moshe Tur, Andreas F. Molisch, Alan E. Willner

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Abstract

We experimentally demonstrate turbulence effect mitigation in a 100-m round-trip orbital-angular-momentum (OAM)multiplexed free-space optical communication link between a ground transmitter and a ground receiver via a retro-reflecting hovering unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) using multiple-input–multiple-output (MIMO) equalization. In our demonstration, two OAM beams at 1550 nm are transmitted to the UAV through emulated atmospheric turbulence, each carrying a 20-Gbit/s signal. 2 × 2 MIMO equalization is used to mitigate turbulence-induced crosstalk between the two OAM channels. Bit error rates below the 7% overhead forward error correction limit of 3.8 × 10−3 are achieved for both channels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5181-5184
Number of pages4
JournalOptics Letters
Volume44
Issue number21
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2019

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