Link Design Rules for Cost-Effective Short-Range Radio Over Multimode Fiber Systems

Davide Visani, Giovanni Tartarini, Martin Nordal Petersen, Luigi Tarlazzi, Per Faccin

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Referring to short-range radio over multimode fiber links, we find out important guidelines for the realization of cost-effective intensity modulated directly detected systems. Since the quality of today's connectors is considerably higher than in the past, we demonstrate that two important parameters of the system are the finite detecting area of the photodiode and the laser frequency chirp. Furthemore, we show that the use of the central launch technique inherently determines a lower impact of modal noise fluctuations with respect to the offset launch one. This makes CL more convenient for short-range applications, where the transmittable bandwidth does not constitute the main limitation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5582171
JournalI E E E Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques
Issue number11
Pages (from-to)3144-3153
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Frequency chirp
  • Modal noise
  • Radio-over-fiber (RoF)
  • Multimode fiber (MMF)

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