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Intermodulation Distortion Improvement for Fiber–Radio Applications Incorporating OSSB+C Modulation in an Optical Integrated-Access Environment

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5 Author(s)
Lim, C. ; Melbourne Univ., Melbourne ; Nirmalathas, A. ; Ka-Lun Lee ; Novak, D.
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In this paper, we investigate the reduction of intermodulation distortion (IMD) in fiber-radio systems incorporating a dispersion-tolerant optical single sideband with carrier modulation. We present a systematic analysis and quantification of the third-order IMD generated due to optical components in the nonlinear optical front-end. Our proposed technique to improve the optical front-end linearity is by the removal of the optical components that contribute most to the third-order IMD in the RF domain. We experimentally demonstrated the proposed technique with two- and three-tone tests and showed more than 9-dB improvement in the overall carrier-to-IMD ratio. The proposed technique was also investigated via simulation analysis for a larger number of radio channels and showed an IMD suppression of >10 dB. In addition, the proposed technique is not only able to improve the carrier-to-interference of the radio signals but also to enable simultaneous baseband transmission, thereby facilitating the merging of millimeter-wave fiber-radio systems with other wired-access infrastructure. We present a detailed investigation and characterization of this technique.

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Lightwave Technology, Journal of  (Volume:25 ,  Issue: 6 )