Section: Contracts and Grants with Industry

Slightly–multimodal transmission and detection (STRADE) — ANR Réseaux du Futur et Services

Participant : Frédéric Cérou.

INRIA contract ALLOC 4402 — November 2009 to October 2012.

This ANR project is also coordinated by Alcatel–Lucent Bell Labs France.

The focus of our project is to reduce the impact of nonlinear effect. The objective is twofold: specify, design, realize and evaluate fibres of reduced nonlinear effects by firstly increasing the effective area to unprecedented values and secondly, by splitting optical power along two modes, using bimodal propagation. While the first step is ambitious but primarily relies in the evolution of current fibre technologies, the second is disruptive and requires not only deep changes in fibre technologies but also new advanced transmitter / receiver equipment, preferably based on coherent detection. Naturally, bimodal propagation also brings another key advantage, namely a twofold increase of system capacity.