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CAILabs, a French optics start-up, unveils its spatial multiplexer / demultiplexer at OFC 2014 in Sa


25 February 2014

Pu JIAN, business developer
Phone: +33 6 35 47 76 52

CAILabs, a French optics start-up, unveils its spatial multiplexer / demultiplexer at OFC 2014 in San Francisco

CAILabs will debut its spatial multiplexer / demultiplexer, the first commercial system to combine high
mode selectivity with low coupling loss, at OFC 2014 in San Francisco. Discover the device in booth #2622.

CAILabs announces today the launch of its spatial multiplexer / demultiplexer. Developed in collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, this device is the first commercial multiplexer to combine a high mode selectivity (-21 dB mode crosstalk) with low coupling loss (-2.6 dB), so as to allow spatial multiplexing with simple electronics. The spatial multiplexer will be presented at the Optical Fiber Communication exposition, March 11-13, in San Francisco.

The CAILabs spatial multiplexer is based on a purely optical technology that transforms simultaneously and independently the shape of multiple input beams with very limited losses and a full control of the amplitude and phase of the outputs. In particular, this technique allows to combine separate beams onto a single beam carrying any set of orthogonal spatial modes, making it relevant to the domain of space division multiplexing.

CAILabs’ commercial multiplexer combines separate input beams delivered by conventional single-mode fibers onto a single beam carrying orthogonal spatial modes tailored to few-mode fibers, such as LP01, LP21a and LP21b. CAILabs can adapt its device to the research needs of R&D teams and therefore designs the output modes as required by the client. The demultiplexer separates these same specific modes after propagation in the few-mode fiber. CAILabs’ solution provides an all-optical spatial mode multiplexing, adapted to any few-mode fiber, and reduces or removes the need for complex electronic post-processing.

"The current exhaust of bandwidth capacity in optical fiber calls for a new technological jump. I believe that the solution is space division multiplexing. In this field, CAILabs’ spatial multiplexer helps R&D teams develop complete transmission systems with simple electronics," explains Jean-François Morizur, CEO of CAILabs.

About CAILabs
CAILabs is a French venture-backed optics start-up founded in 2013 by three PhDs in physics, Jean-François Morizur, Guillaume Labroille and Nicolas Treps. At the core of CAILabs lies a new technique to manipulate the spatial shape of light, first developed for quantum optics purpose at the Laboratoire Kastler Brossel in Paris (Nobel Prize in physics in 2012). Using this technology, CAILabs aims at solving light shaping problems, in fields such as spatial multiplexing for telecommunications and industrial laser processes, by providing efficient and flexible light converters.

About OFC
For more than 35 years, OFC has been the premier destination for converging breakthrough research and innovation in telecommunications, optical networking, fiber optics and, recently, datacom and computing. Consistently ranked in the top 200 tradeshows in the United States, and named one of the Fastest Growing Trade Shows in 2012 by TSNN, the conference unites service providers, systems companies, enterprise customers, IT businesses, and component manufacturers, with researchers, engineers, and development teams from around the world. OFC includes dynamic business programming, an exposition of more than 550 companies, and cutting-edge peer-reviewed research that, combined, showcase the trends and pulse of the entire optical networking and communications industry. OFC is managed by The Optical Society (OSA) and co-sponsored by OSA, the IEEE Communications Society (IEEE/ComSoc), and the IEEE Photonics Society. OFC 2014 takes place March

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