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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 5 — Feb. 27, 2012
  • pp: 5707–5724

Simplification of millimeter-wave radio-over-fiber system employing heterodyning of uncorrelated optical carriers and self-homodyning of RF signal at the receiver

A.H.M. Razibul Islam, Masuduzzaman Bakaul, Ampalavanapillai Nirmalathas, and Graham E. Town  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 5, pp. 5707-5724 (2012)

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A simplified millimeter-wave (mm-wave) radio-over-fiber (RoF) system employing a combination of optical heterodyning in signal generation and radio frequency (RF) self-homodyning in data recovery process is proposed and demonstrated. Three variants of the system are considered in which two independent uncorrelated lasers with a frequency offset equal to the desired mm-wave carrier frequency are used to generate the transmitted signal. Uncorrelated phase noise in the resulting mm-wave signal after photodetection was overcome by using RF self-homodyning in the data recovery process. Theoretical analyses followed by experimental results and simulated characterizations confirm the system’s performance. A key advantage of the system is that it avoids the need for high-speed electro-optic and electronic devices operating at the RF carrier frequency at both the central station and base stations.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2360) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics links and subsystems
(060.2920) Fiber optics and optical communications : Homodyning
(060.4080) Fiber optics and optical communications : Modulation
(300.3700) Spectroscopy : Linewidth
(060.5625) Fiber optics and optical communications : Radio frequency photonics
(060.2840) Fiber optics and optical communications : Heterodyne

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: December 19, 2011
Revised Manuscript: February 2, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: February 2, 2012
Published: February 23, 2012

A.H.M. Razibul Islam, Masuduzzaman Bakaul, Ampalavanapillai Nirmalathas, and Graham E. Town, "Simplification of millimeter-wave radio-over-fiber system employing heterodyning of uncorrelated optical carriers and self-homodyning of RF signal at the receiver," Opt. Express 20, 5707-5724 (2012)

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