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High-dynamic-range linear analog data links (1-20 GHz) using room temperature DFB laser diodes
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Paper Abstract

We report the analysis and application of uncooled, directly-modulated high-speed DFB lasers with emphasis on their analogue transmission performance. Fibre-optic links employing such lasers are shown to meet the most stringent requirements of analogue systems at both high carrier frequencies and high temperatures. Spurious-free dynamic ranges (SFDR) exceeding 100dB×Hz2/3 and 90dB×Hz2/3 and input third-order intercept points (IIP3) above 20dBm and 18dBm are reported for carrier frequencies up to 20GHz at 25°C and up to 10GHz at 85°C, respectively. The error-vector magnitude (EVM) for a 256-QAM modulated signal transmitted over 15km of SMF remains below 1.9% for carrier frequencies of both 2GHz and 5GHz for all measured temperatures. The link performance is assessed by using 3GPP W-CDMA, IEEE 802.11a and IEEE 802.11b signals. In all cases the EVM remains within the standard specification, for fibre-optic link lengths of up to 10km and laser operating temperatures of up to 70°C. Finally, an IEEE 802.11b WLAN demonstrator is presented, allowing antenna remoting over up to 1000m of 62.5/125μm MMF.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 February 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5210, Ultrahigh- and High-Speed Photography, Photonics, and Videography, (6 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.516114
Show Author Affiliations
Ian H. White, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Peter Hartmann, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Jonathan D. Ingham, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Matthew Webster, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
David Wake, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Adrian Wonfor, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Richard V. Penty, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Alwyn J. Seeds, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
J. Kenton White, Bookham Technology (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5210:
Ultrahigh- and High-Speed Photography, Photonics, and Videography
Donald R. Snyder, Editor(s)

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