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We experimentally demonstrate a technique for monitoring the time misalignment of in-phase/quadrature (I/Q) data streams and pulse carver/data in a 20-Gb/s return-to-zero differential quadrature phase-shift-keying (RZ-DQPSK) transmitter. By measuring the radio-frequency clock-tone power at 10 GHz and low frequency power at 600 MHz, a monitoring power dynamic range of 18 dB is obtained for I/Q data misalignment and 6 dB is shown for carver/data misalignment. With the monitor information, a simple feedback loop is proposed to automatically align the RZ-DQPSK transmitter.
Date of Publication: Dec.15, 2008