Chapter 13

Transmission Systems Using Multicore Fibers

Yoshinari Awajia, 1, Kunimasa Saitohb, 2 and Shoichiro Matsuoc, 3,    aNational institute of information and communications technology (NICT), Japan, bHokkaido University, Japan, cFujikura Ltd, Japan, 1yossy@nict.go.jp, 2ksaitoh@ist.hokudai.ac.jp, 3shoichiro.matsuo@jp.fujikura.com

13.1 Expectations of Multicore Fibers

To overcome the issue of capacity limits in the existing optical fiber communications infrastructure, increasing the spatial efficiency within the available fiber cross-section is the most effective solution. Multicore fibers (MCFs), in conjunction with space-division multiplexing (SDM), are one of the most promising technologies for realizing such an increase in spatial efficiency. ...

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