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Simultaneous Generation of Baseband and Radio Signals Using Only One Single-Electrode Mach–Zehnder Modulator With Enhanced Linearity

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7 Author(s)
Chun-Ting Lin ; Dept. of Electron. Eng. & Inst. of Electron., Nat. Chiao-Tung Univ., Hsinchu ; Wei-Ren Peng ; Peng-Chun Peng ; Jason Chen
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We experimentally demonstrate a simultaneous generation of baseband (BB) and RF signals, using only one single-electrode Mach-Zehnder modulator (SD-MZM) based on double-sideband with optical carrier suppression (DSBCS) scheme. With optimal modulation index (MI =V p-p/2Vpi) equal to 0.43 for driving MZM, the receiver sensitivity of the RF signal can have 1-dB improvement. Based on this result, only one SD-MZM is needed to generate optical microwaves using DSBCS scheme, thus eliminating the requirement of a high-cost dual-electrode MZM without degrading the signal performance. Following 75-km standard single-mode fiber, the power penalties of both BB and RF signals are less than 0.3 dB

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IEEE Photonics Technology Letters  (Volume:18 ,  Issue: 23 )