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  • Vol. 22, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 2004
  • pp: 1694–

RF Transmission Over Multimode Fibers Using VCSELs - Comparing Standard and High-Bandwidth Multimode Fibers

Christina Carlsson, Anders Larsson, and Arne Alping

Journal of Lightwave Technology, Vol. 22, Issue 7, pp. 1694- (2004)


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Abstract

Fiber-optic radio-frequency links have been assembled using oxide-confined vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) and multimode fibers. Links with single and multimode VCSELs and with standard and high-bandwidth fibers have been evaluated and compared in the frequency range of 0.1-10 GHz. The best results were obtained for links with a multimode VCSEL and a high-bandwidth fiber. For a 500-m-long link, a spurious free dynamic range of 104 dB · Hz^2/3 at 2 GHz and 100 dB · Hz^2/3 at 5 GHz were obtained while allowing for a VCSEL-fiber misalignment of ±12 µm. Corresponding numbers for the intrinsic link gain and noise figure are -29 and -33 dB, and 39 and 42 dB at 2 and 5 GHz, respectively. Inferior performance was observed for the standard fiber link due to a larger variation in modal group velocities. This paper also presents a detailed link analysis to identify performance limitations and to suggest modifications for improved performance.

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Christina Carlsson, Anders Larsson, and Arne Alping, "RF Transmission Over Multimode Fibers Using VCSELs - Comparing Standard and High-Bandwidth Multimode Fibers," J. Lightwave Technol. 22, 1694- (2004)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/jlt/abstract.cfm?URI=jlt-22-7-1694

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