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  • Vol. 30, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 2012
  • pp: 3647–3652

Broadband Modulation Performance of 100-GHz EO Polymer MZMs

H. Huang, S. R. Nuccio, Y. Yue, J.-Y. Yang, Y. Ren, C. Wei, G. Yu, R. Dinu, D. Parekh, C. J. Chang-Hasnain, and A. E. Willner

Journal of Lightwave Technology, Vol. 30, Issue 23, pp. 3647-3652 (2012)

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We experimentally characterize the performance of 100-GHz electro-optical polymer Mach–Zehnder modulators in both dual-drive and single-drive versions using broadband modulation. For the dual-drive version, we measure bit-error rate (BER) at 80 Gbit/s for differential phase-shift keying (DPSK) and > 90 Gbit/s for on-off keying (OOK). The eye diagrams of 100 Gbit/s OOK and S21 measurement of up to 110-GHz further indicate a response bandwidth of >100 GHz. Tunable-chirp operation is also demonstrated by changing the phase and amplitude of each driving signal. For the single-drive version, a BER of 10-9 is achieved for both 100-Gbit/s OOK and DPSK signals without optical or electrical equalization. The single-drive version shows a 7-dB bandwidth of > 110-GHz and a chirp factor of as low as -0.02.

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H. Huang, S. R. Nuccio, Y. Yue, J.-Y. Yang, Y. Ren, C. Wei, G. Yu, R. Dinu, D. Parekh, C. J. Chang-Hasnain, and A. E. Willner, "Broadband Modulation Performance of 100-GHz EO Polymer MZMs," J. Lightwave Technol. 30, 3647-3652 (2012)

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