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High-fidelity lightwave transmission of multiple AM-VSB NTSC signals

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Lipson, J. ; AT&T Bell Lab., Breinigsville, PA, USA ; Upadhyayula, L.C. ; Huang, S.-Y. ; Roxlo, C.B.
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The progress towards developing AM lightwave links for the transmission of multiple TV signals is reported. While the signal-quality objectives and transmission distances are appropriate for CATV trunking, the technology is expected to have applicability to the distribution of video signals in the subscriber loop. Highly linear 1.3-μm distributed feedback (DFB) lasers designed expressly for analog requirements are used to transmit 42 continuous wave carriers according to the standard US CATV frequency plan. For the best lasers, when evaluated over 12 km of fiber, carrier to noise was >52 dB, composite second-order distortion was >70 dBc, and composite triple beat was >70 dBc. The relationship between measurements with continuous wave carriers and actual video signals is discussed. System design rules are offered. Properties that lead to superior analog performance are discussed. Data from 700 links indicate that composite third-order distortion generally scales with product count but that composite second-order distortion has a significant frequency-dependent component

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Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:38 ,  Issue: 5 )