A free space optical communication system transmits and receives optical signals in a colorless manner using an optical circulator. The system installs the optical circulator with a single mode (SM) fiber at port 1, a double clad (DC) fiber at port 2, and a multimode (MM) fiber at port 3. The system injects a first optical signal into a core of the SM fiber. The system then routes the first optical signal at port 1, using the optical circulator, into a SM core of the DC fiber via Port 2. Further, the system injects a second optical signal into a first cladding of the DC fiber. The system then routes the second optical signal at port 2, using the optical circulator, into the MM fiber via Port 3.
Wang, Chiachi, "OPTICAL CIRCULATOR FOR FREE SPACE OPTICAL COMMUNICATION", Technical Disclosure Commons, (October 13, 2016)