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A 20-channel optical communication system using subcarrier multiplexing for the transmission of digital video signals

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2 Author(s)
P. M. Hill ; GTE Lab. Inc., Waltham, MA, USA ; R. Olshansky

Microwave subcarriers have been used to demonstrate an optical communication system suitable for the distribution of digital video channels. The design, performance, and optical link requirements are discussed for a 2-Gb/s subcarrier-multiplexed (SCM) system with 20 microwave subcarriers modulated at 100 Mb/s and using a frequency-shift-keyed format. The system uses the 2-6-GHz bandwidth and represents the first example of an SCM system using more than one octave of bandwidth. The bit error rate was measured for all 20 channels; results for five typical channels are shown and discussed. The performance results show that a digital SCM approach is attractive in an optical link for a multichannel wide bandwidth video distribution system made from standard microwave components

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Journal of Lightwave Technology  (Volume:8 ,  Issue: 4 )