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A comparative study between optical single-sideband (SSB) modulation and chirped fiber gratings (CFG) as dispersion equalization techniques is carried out. The simulation results show that the dispersion-induced distortion arising in optical millimeter-wave multichannel systems can not be compensated by employing the SSB modulation approach. Furthermore, we have demonstrated that the use of a CFG significantly reduces (nearly 25 dB) the composite triple beat (CTB) distortion. An accurate design of the CFG however must be addressed because the equalized CTB levels are very sensitive to the nonideal characteristics of the CFG such as a deviation of the optimum group delay slope or ripples.
Date of Publication: Nov. 1999