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New dispersion-resistant modulation format for fiber optic transmission
Author(s): Virach Wongpaibool; John Kenneth Shaw; Ira Jacobs
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Paper Abstract

We propose and evaluate a new return-to-zero (RZ) transmission format, which simplifies the transmitter and produces significantly improved eye diagrams at the receiver compared with other formats. By applying synchronous square wave phase modulation (PM) to a continuous wave (CW) signal, with a 180 degrees phase shift (phase reversal) between adjacent bit slots, and followed by an optimally tuned optical filter, we generate a train of RZ pulses which is inherently stable and resistant to dispersive and nonlinear effects. Separate amplitude modulation (AM) is unnecessary in this approach to shape the RZ pulses. This format (which we term CWSW) not only suppresses the growth of spurious pulses on adjacent "1" states, but also results in a peak intensity enhancement where waveform distortion caused by fiber dispersion initially improves the eye opening during transmission. Single-channel 40 Gbits/s systems employing dispersion-shifted fibers are investigated by computer simulations. We show that spurious pulse suppression and peak intensity enhancement increase the maximum transmission distance and improve the eye profile at the receiver relative to alternative transmission formats.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 July 2002
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4872, Optical Transmission Systems and Equipment for WDM Networking, (8 July 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.475147
Show Author Affiliations
Virach Wongpaibool, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
John Kenneth Shaw, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Ira Jacobs, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4872:
Optical Transmission Systems and Equipment for WDM Networking
Benjamin B. Dingel; Brewster Roe Hemenway; Achyut Kumar Dutta; Ken-Ichi Sato, Editor(s)

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