Free-space to single-mode collection efficiency enhancement using photonic lanterns

ÖZDÜR İ. T. , Toliver P., Agarwal A., Woodward T.

OPTICS LETTERS, cilt.38, sa.18, ss.3554-3557, 2013 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 38 Konu: 18
  • Basım Tarihi: 2013
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1364/ol.38.003554
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.3554-3557


We demonstrate single-mode collection efficiency enhancement for free space optical systems using a photonic lantern to collect scattered infrared light from diffuse objects at far-and near-field distances. A single-mode collection efficiency improvement of similar to 8 dB is demonstrated in the near-field region relative to standard single-mode fiber. The insertion loss properties of the photonic lantern are also analyzed, and an additional insertion loss penalty is observed for near-field distances when the transmitted beam is collimated. The photonic lantern can be used for coherent detection systems such as light detection and ranging and free-space optical communication with improved collection efficiency and nearly perfect mode matching. (C) 2013 Optical Society of America