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We investigate, theoretically and experimentally, a novel scheme to suppress the nonlinear crosstalk between wavelengths in wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) analog fiber systems. It is based on an improvement to a previously introduced crosstalk-suppression technique by complementary modulation of two closely spaced optical twin carriers (TCs). By combining the modulated TCs by a balanced detector (TCs-balanced detection [TC-BD]), the suppression can be improved further. We have obtained up to 50-dB crosstalk reduction at low modulation frequencies, where crosstalk is most severe, and in the most interesting region for cable television systems.
Date of Publication: Feb. 2003