Is there an optimal basis to maximise optical information transfer?
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We establish the concept of the density of the optical degrees of freedom that may be applied to any photonics based system. As a key example of this versatile approach we explore information transfer using optical communication. We demonstrate both experimentally, theoretically and numerically that the use of a basis set with fields containing optical vortices does not increase the telecommunication capacity of an optical system.
Chen , M , Dholakia , K & Mazilu , M 2016 , ' Is there an optimal basis to maximise optical information transfer? ' Scientific Reports , vol. 6 , 22821 . DOI: 10.1038/srep22821
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