Is there an optimal basis to maximise optical information transfer?
Mingzhou Chen, Kishan Dholakia, and Michael Mazilu
Scientific Reports 6, 22821 (2016)
We establish the concept of the density of the optical degrees of freedom that may be applied to any photonics based system. As a key example of this versatile approach we explore information transfer using optical communication. We demonstrate both experimentally, theoretically and numerically that the use of a basis set with fields containing optical vortices does not increase the telecommunication capacity of an optical system.