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Analysis of an Analog Fiber-Optic Link Employing a Low-Biased Mach–Zehnder Modulator Followed by an Erbium-Doped Fiber Amplifier

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5 Author(s)
Urick, V.J. ; Naval Res. Lab., Washington, DC, USA ; Godinez, M.E. ; Devgan, P.S. ; McKinney, J.D.
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In this paper, a complete analysis of an analog fiber-optic link employing a low-biased Mach-Zehnder modulator followed by optical amplification with an erbium-doped fiber amplifier is presented. The expressions for RF gain, RF noise figure, second- and third-order intercept points, and spurious-free dynamic range are derived. Experimental data are employed to support the analytical results, and the optimal bias points for the metrics are demonstrated.

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Lightwave Technology, Journal of  (Volume:27 ,  Issue: 12 )