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Journal of Optical Communications and Networking

  • Editors: O. Gerstel and P. Iannone
  • Vol. 6, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 2014
  • pp: 764–772

Incoherent OFDMA for Multimode Passive Optical Home and Office Networks

L. Maksymiuk  »View Author Affiliations

Journal of Optical Communications and Networking, Vol. 6, Issue 9, pp. 764-772 (2014)

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In this paper a novel concept of the multimode fiber-based passive optical network utilizing orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA) is presented. Usage of multimode fibers ensures effective optical beat interference mitigation, thus making wavelength control in the uplink not necessary. Several experimental results confirming proper operation and good performance of the proposed solution are provided. The orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) transmission was tested in both the baseband and pass band of the multimode fiber. Several issues related to the proposed solution were addressed, namely, optical beat interference, modal noise, and the frequency response fluctuations of the multimode fiber links.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
(250.7260) Optoelectronics : Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers
(060.4258) Fiber optics and optical communications : Networks, network topology

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Original Manuscript: March 25, 2014
Revised Manuscript: June 23, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: June 27, 2014
Published: August 5, 2014

L. Maksymiuk, "Incoherent OFDMA for Multimode Passive Optical Home and Office Networks," J. Opt. Commun. Netw. 6, 764-772 (2014)

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