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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 26 — Dec. 10, 2012
  • pp: B350–B356

11-Gb/s 80-km transmission performance of zero-chirp silicon Mach–Zehnder modulator

Kazuhiro Goi, Kenji Oda, Hiroyuki Kusaka, Yoshihiro Terada, Kensuke Ogawa, Tsung-Yang Liow, Xiaoguang Tu, Guo-Qiang Lo, and Dim-Lee Kwong  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 26, pp. B350-B356 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.00B350


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Abstract

The 11-Gbps 80-km transmission performance of a zero-chirp silicon Mach–Zehnder modulator has been characterized. The zero-chirp characteristic of the silicon modulator is confirmed in the constellation measurement, and gives high tolerance both for positive and negative chromatic dispersion. A low-dispersion-penalty transmission up to 80km using the 11-Gbps non return-to-zero on-off-keying format is confirmed via bit-error-rate measurements with a performance comparable to that of a commercial lithium-niobate modulator. The dispersion tolerance at 2-dB power penalty for a bit-error-rate of 10−3 is more than ± 950 ps/nm. Further, 22.3-Gbps binary phase-shift-keying is demonstrated, and the back-to-back power penalty with respect to the lithium-niobate modulator is less than 0.5dB.

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OCIS Codes
(230.3120) Optical devices : Integrated optics devices
(250.7360) Optoelectronics : Waveguide modulators
(130.4110) Integrated optics : Modulators

ToC Category:
Waveguide and Optoelectronic Devices

History
Original Manuscript: October 2, 2012
Revised Manuscript: November 12, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: November 13, 2012
Published: November 29, 2012

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European Conference on Optical Communication 2012 (2012) Optics Express

Citation
Kazuhiro Goi, Kenji Oda, Hiroyuki Kusaka, Yoshihiro Terada, Kensuke Ogawa, Tsung-Yang Liow, Xiaoguang Tu, Guo-Qiang Lo, and Dim-Lee Kwong, "11-Gb/s 80-km transmission performance of zero-chirp silicon Mach–Zehnder modulator," Opt. Express 20, B350-B356 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-26-B350


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