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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 8 — Apr. 16, 2007
  • pp: 5179–5190

Optical phased array power penalty analysis

Jing M. Tsui, Charles Thompson, and Jeffrey M. Roth  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 8, pp. 5179-5190 (2007)

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This paper investigates the power penalty from optical phased arrays used for wide-angle beam steering of optical communication signals. The analysis studies the effect of aperture size, data rate, modulation format, and diffraction angle on digital lightwave signals. The results show increasing power penalties for larger angles, aperture sizes, and data rates. At a 10° steering angle, 10-cm aperture, and for both on-off keying (OOK) and differential phase-shift keying (DPSK) the 2.5-Gb/s power penalty is approximately 1.0 dB, while at 10 Gb/s the penalty increases to 7.7 dB for OOK and 7.8 dB for DPSK.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(050.1960) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction theory
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
(280.5110) Remote sensing and sensors : Phased-array radar

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: December 7, 2006
Revised Manuscript: February 12, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: March 7, 2007
Published: April 13, 2007

Jing M. Tsui, Charles Thompson, and Jeffrey M. Roth, "Optical phased array power penalty analysis," Opt. Express 15, 5179-5190 (2007)

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