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In Optics express

Beyond orbital angular momentum of Laguerre-Gaussian (LG) modes, the radial index can also be exploited as information channel in free-space optical (FSO) communication to extend the communication capacity, resulting in the LG- shift keying (LG-SK) FSO communications. However, the recognition of radial index is critical and tough when the superposed high-order LG modes are disturbed by the atmospheric turbulences (ATs). In this paper, the convolutional neural network (CNN) is utilized to recognize both the azimuthal and radial index of superposed LG modes. We experimentally demonstrate the application of CNN model in a 10-meter 768-ary LG-SK FSO communication system at the AT of Cn2 = 1e-14 m-2/3. Based on the high recognition accuracy of the CNN model (>95%) in the scheme, a colorful image can be transmitted and the peak signal-to-noise ratio of the received image can exceed 35 dB. We anticipate that our results can stimulate further researches on the utilization of the potential applications of LG modes with non-zero radial index based on the artificial-intelligence-enhanced optoelectronic systems.

Luan Haitao, Lin Dajun, Li Keyao, Meng Weijia, Gu Min, Fang Xinyuan