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Novel BER analysis method for M-QAM signal in analog/digital hybrid optical transmission
Author(s): Kazuki Maeda; Susumu Morikura
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Paper Abstract

In practical analog/digital hybrid optical transmission, carriers are modulated by video signals or digital data, and the amplitude of a multiplexed signal composed of these modulation signals is more compressed than that of the carriers. This causes a decrease in the frequency of clipping of the multiplexed signal at the laser threshold. Consequently, the BER of the M-QAM signal in a practical hybrid transmission is lower than that of the experimental results for same optical modulation index (OMI). However, it is difficult to prepare many practical modulation signals for experiments in a laboratory. Therefore, there is demand for a BER analysis method for a multiplexed signal that includes modulation signals needs to evaluate the BER and determine optimum OMI in a practical hybrid transmission. In this paper, we describe such a BER analysis method that can effectively estimate the BER in a practical hybrid transmission by using representative profiles of the modulation signals. In practical systems, a black pictures gives the largest averaged amplitude for the AM-VSB signal, and the most severe conditions for clipping occurrences. However, in such systems, the BER was greatly improved over the BER of a multiplexed signal of carriers. Furthermore, BER degradations due to clipping can be neglected for the AM-VSB signals in setting a practical OMI range.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 June 1998
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3420, Optical Fiber Communication, (19 June 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.312875
Show Author Affiliations
Kazuki Maeda, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Susumu Morikura, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3420:
Optical Fiber Communication
Winston I. Way; Franklin F. Tong; Alan Eli Willner, Editor(s)

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