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A subcarrier-multiplexed coherent FSK system using a Mach-Zehnder modulator with automatic bias control

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2 Author(s)
Q. Jiang ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Ottawa Univ., Ont., Canada ; M. Kavehrad

A subcarrier-multiplexed coherent optical transmission system using a push-pull Mach-Zehnder intensity modulator is demonstrated. Six subcarrier channels cover a six-octave bandwidth and are frequency-shift keying (FSK) modulated at 45 Mb/s. With an optical phase modulation index of 0.38, a receiver sensitivity of -36 dBm is obtained. Second-order intermodulation is canceled by more than 20 dB due to the balanced structure of the modulator. This results in an 8-dB improvement in the receiver sensitivity compared to the system using an optical phase modulator. A simple automatic bias-control scheme for the Mach-Zehnder modulator is also demonstrated. It utilizes the optical signal from the complementary output port of the dual-output modulator.<>

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IEEE Photonics Technology Letters  (Volume:5 ,  Issue: 8 )