Sub-cycle QAM modulation for VCSEL-based optical fiber links

Tien-Thang Pham, Roberto Rodes Lopez, Jesper Bevensee Jensen, Connie J. Chang-Hasnain, Idelfonso Tafur Monroy

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Abstract

QAM modulation utilizing subcarrier frequency lower than the symbol rate is both theoretically and experimentally investigated. High spectral efficiency and concentration of power in low frequencies make sub-cycle QAM signals attractive for optical fiber links with direct modulated light sources. Real-time generated 10-Gbps 4-level QAM signal in a 7.5-GHz bandwidth utilizing subcarrier frequency at a half symbol rate was successfully transmitted over 20-km SMF using an un-cooled 1.5-μm VCSEL. Only 2.5-dB fiber transmission power penalty was observed with no equalization applied.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOptics Express
Volume21
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)1830-1839
ISSN1094-4087
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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