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This letter describes a technology demonstrator for an incoherent optical code-division multiple-access scheme based on wavelength/time codes. The system supports 16 users operating at 1.25 Gsymbols/s/user while maintaining bit-error rate (BER) <10-11 for the correctly decoded signal. Experiments support previous simulations which show that coherent beat noise, occurring between the signal and multiple access interference, ultimately limits system performance.
Date of Publication: Dec. 2005