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Sensitivity of optically preamplified receivers with optical filtering

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3 Author(s)
Steele, R.C. ; British Telecom Res. Lab., Ipswich, UK ; Walker, G.R. ; Walker, N.G.

The noise spectral densities resulting from detection of preamplified signals using an optical filter are discussed. The authors also carried out a simplified analysis of preamplified receiver sensitivities with ASK and FSK signals. The analysis shows that total optical bandwidths of less than 50 times the data rate result in (10/sup -9/ BER) sensitivities close to the limit set by the amplifier noise figure. The development of low-noise high-gain amplifiers in conjunction with narrowband tunable optical filters enable high-sensitivity FDM systems to be constructed, without the complication of a local oscillator or polarization control/diversity networks which are required for heterodyne coherent detection systems.<>

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Photonics Technology Letters, IEEE  (Volume:3 ,  Issue: 6 )