Airy beam for free-space photonic interconnection: Generation strategy and trajectory manipulation

Lei Zhu, Zheng Yang, Songnian Fu (Corresponding author), Zizheng Cao, Yuncai Wang, Yuwen Qin, A.M.J. Koonen

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Self-accelerating beams have attracted worldwide research attentions due to their intriguingly curved trajectory with localized peak intensity and the characteristic of self-healing after obstacles. We first put forward a generation vector to analytically describe general trajectory manipulation for 2-D Airy beam. Based on the successful trajectory manipulation of 2-D Airy beam, a 100 Gbps NRZ-OOK real-time free-space photonic interconnection is experimentally demonstrated. Our results indicate that the bending trajectory can break the constraints of traditional free-space photonic interconnection where the receiver has to be set under the condition of line-of-sight. Meanwhile, by taking the power correction factor into account of the beam width variation, we propose a metric of normalized power density (NPD) in order to characterize the power density variation of beam main lobe along the free-space propagation. After calculating the 3 dB NPD range of both Airy beam and Gaussian beam, we identify that the power density of Airy beam main lobe can be maintained for a longer free-space reach than a Gaussian beam with the same minimum width.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9162456
Pages (from-to)6474-6480
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Lightwave Technology
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020


  • free-space
  • optical beams
  • Photonic interconnection
  • self-accelerating beam

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