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Coherent Optical Fiber Communication Potential And Problems
Author(s): E. E. Basch; H. A. Carnes
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Paper Abstract

Optical guided wave transmission has provided both economic and technical advantages for an array of telecommunication applications. The advances in capability of optical transmission have been the result of dramatic improvements in fiber and other opto-electronic devices. What has not changed significantly is the technique of superimposing information onto the optical carrier. As a result, the information carrying capacity and also the repeater free operation of guided optical wave systems have not reached their full poten-tial. Coherent optical communications is an approach whereby information is carried by either the amplitude, frequency or phase of an optical carrier. Heterodyne detection would increase receiver sensitivity and permit closer optical carrier spacing and thus increase information carrying capacity. This would be achieved by IF filtering with highly selective electrical networks. There are several implementation difficulties that must be overcome to achieve the advantages of optical coherent communications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 March 1983
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0355, Fiber Optics: Short-Haul and Long-Haul Measurements and Applications I, (22 March 1983); doi: 10.1117/12.934006
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E. E. Basch, GTE Laboratories Incorporated (United States)
H. A. Carnes, GTE Laboratories Incorporated (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0355:
Fiber Optics: Short-Haul and Long-Haul Measurements and Applications I
Robert L. Galawa, Editor(s)

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