Generalized Tensor Analysis Model for Multi-Subcarrier Analog Optical Systems

Ying Zhao, Xianbin Yu, Xiaoping Zheng, Idelfonso Tafur Monroy, Hanyi Zhang

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    We propose and develop a general tensor analysis framework for a subcarrier multiplex analog optical fiber link for applications in microwave photonics. The goal of this work is to construct an uniform method to address nonlinear distortions of a discrete frequency transmission system. We employ tensorial representation, i.e., multidimensional arrays, to unify the multi-subcarrier intermodulation effect. Based on the tensorial expression of the optical field in a subcarrier vector space, various kinds of modulation methods, dispersive transmission as well as detection schemes are specified. In addition, it is demonstrated that each corresponding tensor is formally determined by device structures, which allows for a synthesized study of device combinations more systematically. For implementing numerical methods, the practical significance of the tensor model is it simplifies the derivation details compared with series-based approaches by hiding the underlying multi-fold summation and index operation. The integrity of the proposed methodology is validated by investigating the classical intensity modulated system. Furthermore, to give an application model of the tensor formalism, we make a study of two multi-subcarrier systems with detailed performance discussions. We believe the tensor model provides us not only a consolidated notation, but also an alternative numerical approach to effectively analyze multi-subcarrier analog optical systems.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Lightwave Technology
    Issue number21
    Pages (from-to)3144-3155
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


    • Tensor
    • Analog optical fiber link
    • Microwave photonics
    • Subcarrier multiplexing


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