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Optical heterodyne image-rejection receiver for high-density optical frequency division multiplexing system

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6 Author(s)
Chikama, T. ; Fujitsu Lab. Ltd., Kawasaki, Japan ; Naito, T. ; Watanabe, S. ; Kiyonaga, T.
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An optical heterodyne image-rejection receiver (IRR) for high-density optical frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) systems is described. The IRR was realized using balanced receivers, which showed more than 18-dB suppression over the 1.5-3.0-GHz IF region. Measured crosstalk penalties in a two-channel 560 Mb/s differential phase-shift keyed (DPSK) heterodyne optical communication system were realized for the first time. The crosstalk penalties in an OFDM system are estimated theoretically with and without the IRR. The required channel spacing and number of channels that can be accommodated in the 10-nm tuning range of the local laser are presented. A particular configuration of the IRR, its operation, and its performance limitations are discussed. The experimental results for image-rejection reception in a two-channel 560-Mb/s DPSK system are also given. Crosstalk penalties are estimated experimentally and compared to the theoretical calculation. Since the conventional configurations of the IRR are very sensitive to the polarization fluctuation of the transmitted signals, polarization-insensitive IRRs are proposed and their features are considered

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Selected Areas in Communications, IEEE Journal on  (Volume:8 ,  Issue: 6 )