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Journal: Optics express

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In this demonstration, we first demonstrate a real-time phosphor-LED visible light communication (VLC) system with 37 Mbit/s total throughput under a 1.5 m free space transmission length. The transmitter and receiver modules are compact size. Utilizing our proposed pre-equalization technology, the ~1 MHz bandwidth of phosphor LED could be extended to ~12 MHz without using blue filter. Thus, the increase in bandwidth would enhance the traffic data rate for VLC transmission. The maximum bit-rate achieved by the VLC system is 37 Mbit/s, and a video transmission at 28.419 Mbit/s is demonstrated using the proposed VLC system. In addition, the relationships of received power and signal performance are discussed and analyzed.

Concepts: Electromagnetic radiation, Demonstration, Visible spectrum, Radio, Telecommunication, Measuring network throughput, Bit rate, Channel capacity

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A volumetric display that creates a distortion-free three-dimensional (3D) image in midair is described. The proposed system consists of rotating prism sheets used as an optical scanner and a dihedral corner reflector array (DCRA), which is a distortion-free imaging element. Two prism sheets are arranged in a symmetrical configuration to reduce an unnatural motion parallax caused by optical aberrations. A cross-section of the 3D image is formed by the DCRA in midair and moved by the rotating prism sheets to create a 3D displayable space. A 3D volume image was displayed without image distortion or unnatural motion parallax.

Concepts: Optics, Volume, Digital photography, Depth perception, Display device, Volumetric display, Prism, Parallelepiped

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High-Q guided resonance modes in two-dimensional photonic crystals, enable high field intensity in small volumes that can be exploited to realize high performance sensors. We show through simulations and experiments how the Q-factor of guided resonance modes varies with the size of the photonic crystal, and that this variation is due to loss caused by scattering of in-plane propagating modes at the lattice boundary and coupling of incident light to fully guided modes that exist in the homogeneous slab outside the lattice boundary. A photonic crystal with reflecting boundaries, realized by Bragg mirrors with a band gap for in-plane propagating modes, has been designed to suppress these edge effects. The new design represents a way around the fundamental limitation on Q-factors for guided resonances in finite photonic crystals. Results are presented for both simulated and fabricated structures.

Concepts: Crystal, Optics, Resonance, Colloidal crystal, Band gap, Photonic crystal, Optical cavity, Q factor

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We propose and experimentally demonstrate a method for generating and sharing a secret key using phase fluctuations in fiber optical links. The obtained key can be readily used to support secure communication between the parties. The security of our approach is based on a fundamental asymmetry associated with the optical physical layer: the sophistication of tools needed by an eavesdropping adversary to subvert the key establishment is significantly greater and more costly than the complexity needed by the legitimate parties to implement the scheme. In this sense, the method is similar to the classical asymmetric algorithms (Diffie-Hellman, RSA, etc.).

Concepts: Key, Prime number, RSA, Cryptography, Computer security, Key management, Key exchange, Key generation

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We propose and demonstrate a novel WDM-CAP-PON based on optical single-side band (OSSB) multi-level multi-band carrier-less amplitude and phase modulation (MM-CAP). To enable high-speed transmission with simplified optical network unit (ONU)-side digital signal processing, 4-level 5 sub-bands CAP-16 is used here, which is generated by the digital to analogue converter (DAC). Optical single-side band (OSSB) technology is applied to extend the transmission distance against the spectrum fading effect. As a proof of concept, the experiment successfully demonstrates 11 WDM channels, 55 sub-bands, for 55 users with 9.3-Gb/s per user (after removing 7% overhead for forward error correction (FEC)) in the downstream over 40-km SMF.

Concepts: Signal processing, Phase, Modulation, Digital signal processing, Data transmission, Telecommunication, Forward error correction, Digital-to-analog converter

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Speckle suppression is one of the most important tasks in the image transmission through turbid media. Insufficient speckle suppression requires an additional procedure such as temporal ensemble averaging over multiple exposures. In this paper, we consider the image recovery process based on the so-called transmission matrix ™ of turbid media for the image transmission through the media. We show that the speckle left unremoved in the TM-based image recovery can be suppressed effectively via sparse representation (SR). SR is a relatively new signal reconstruction framework which works well even for ill-conditioned problems. This is the first study to show the benefit of using the SR as compared to the phase conjugation (PC) a de facto standard method to date for TM-based imaging through turbid media including a live cell through tissue slice.

Concepts: Spanish language, Australia, De facto standard, Suppression, De facto, De jure

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A class of random sources producing far fields self-splitting intensity profiles with variable spacing between the x and y directions is introduced. The beam conditions for ensuring the sources to generate a beam are derived. Based on the derived analytical expression, the evolution behavior of the beams produced by these families of sources in free space and turbulence atmospheric are explored and comparatively analyzed. By changing the modulation parameters n and m, the degree of coherence of Gaussian Schell-model source in the x and y directions are modulated respectively, and then the number of splitting beams and the spacing between splitting beams can be adjusted. It is illustrated that the self-splitting intensity profile is stable when beams propagate in free space, but they eventually transformed into a Gaussian profiles when it passes at sufficiently large distances from its source through the turbulent atmosphere.

Concepts: Evolution, Optics, Light, Phase, Atmosphere, C, Source code, Free software

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A highly efficient silicon (Si) hybrid external cavity laser with a wavelength tunable ring reflector is fabricated on a complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS)-compatible Si-on-insulator (SOI) platform and experimental results with high output power are demonstrated. A III-V semiconductor gain chip is edge-coupled into a SOI cavity chip through a SiNx spot size converter and Si grating couplers are incorporated to enable wafer-scale characterization. The laser output power reaches 20 mW and the highest wall-plug efficiency of 7.8% is measured at 17.3 mW in un-cooled condition. The laser wavelength tuning ranges are 8 nm for the single ring reflector cavity and 35 nm for the vernier ring reflector cavity, respectively. The Si hybrid laser is a promising light source for energy-efficient Si CMOS photonic links.

Concepts: Light, Laser, Integrated circuit, Semiconductor, Silicon, Transistor, Photonics, Silicon photonics

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Silicon photonics packaging without optical isolator is of significant importance to realize low fabrication cost and small device size. In this report, impact of external feedback on DFB laser performance is investigated both theoretically and experimentally. Dynamic transfer matrix method and rate equation model are coupled to describe the dynamic interaction between optical field and carriers in a DFB structure under the feedback by external reflection. The calculation model exhibits laser spectrum splits and output intensity fluctuates with increase of the degree of external feedback, in good agreement with experimental results. The theoretical analysis is performed under various feedback parameters, and the optimum packaging condition for DFB laser chip in silicon photonics is guided.

Concepts: Optics, Light, Experiment, Integrated circuit, Control theory, Photonics, Silicon photonics, Quantum optics

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The fabrication of NanoTube Black, a Vertically Aligned carbon NanoTube Array (VANTA) on aluminium substrates is reported for the first time. The coating on aluminium was realised using a process that employs top down thermal radiation to assist growth, enabling deposition at temperatures below the substrate’s melting point. The NanoTube Black coatings were shown to exhibit directional hemispherical reflectance values of typically less than 1% across wavelengths in the 2.5 µm to 15 µm range. VANTA-coated aluminium substrates were subjected to space qualification testing (mass loss, outgassing, shock, vibration and temperature cycling) before their optical properties were re-assessed. Within measurement uncertainty, no changes to hemispherical reflectance were detected, confirming that NanoTube Black coatings on aluminium are good candidates for Earth Observation (EO) applications.

Concepts: Fundamental physics concepts, Light, Sun, Temperature, Thermodynamics, Carbon, Heat, Carbon nanotube