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Quadrature phase-shift keying homodyne transmission has been demonstrated using a polarization-multiplexed pilot carrier generated in a transmitter and a LiNbO3-based hybrid module in a receiver for self-homodyne detection at 20 Gb/s. No degradation in receiver sensitivity was observed up to a linewidth of 30 MHz. Furthermore, we obtained error-free operation with a bit-error rate of less than 10-11. The proposed scheme can provide stable real-time multilevel modulation/demodulation formats, free from linewidth requirements, to enhance spectral efficiency.
Date of Publication: Jan. 15, 2006