OSA's Digital Library

Optics Express

Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 8 — Apr. 16, 2007
  • pp: 4410–4418

Transmission simulation of coherent optical OFDM signals in WDM systems

Hongchun Bao and William Shieh  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 8, pp. 4410-4418 (2007)

View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (190 KB)

Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools



In this letter, we first present the theoretical basis for coherent optical OFDM systems in direct up/down conversion architecture. We then demonstrate the transmission performance through simulation for WDM systems with coherent optical OFDM (CO-OFDM) including the fiber nonlinearity effect. The results show that the system Q of the WDM channels at 10 Gb/s is over 13.0 dB for a transmission up to 4800 km of standard-single-mode-fiber (SSMF) without dispersion compensation. A novel technique of partial carrier filling (PCF) for improving the non-linearity performance of the transmission is also presented. The system Q of the WDM channels with a filling factor of 50 % at 10 Gb/s is improved from 15.1 dB to 16.8 dB for a transmission up to 3200 km of SSMF without dispersion compensation.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.1660) Fiber optics and optical communications : Coherent communications
(060.4080) Fiber optics and optical communications : Modulation

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: January 17, 2007
Revised Manuscript: March 26, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: March 26, 2007
Published: April 3, 2007

Hongchun Bao and William Shieh, "Transmission simulation of coherent optical OFDM signals in WDM systems," Opt. Express 15, 4410-4418 (2007)

Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  


  1. S. Hara and R. Prasad, Multicarrier Techniques for 4G Mobile Commmications, (Artech House, Boston, 2003).
  2. W. Shieh and C. Athaudage, "Coherent optical orthogonal frequency division multiplexing," Electron. Lett. 42,587 - 588 (2006). [CrossRef]
  3. J. Lowery, L. Du, and J. Armstrong, "Orthogonal frequency division multiplexing for adaptive dispersion compensation in long haul WDM systems," in Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition and The National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference, Technical Digest, (Anaheim, CA, USA, 2006), Paper PDP39.
  4. I. B. Djordjevic and B. Vasic, "Orthogonal frequency division multiplexing for high-speed optical transmission," Opt. Express 4,3767-3775 (2006). [CrossRef]
  5. "Supplement to IEEE standard for information technology telecommunications and information exchange between systems - local and metropolitan area networks - specific requirements. Part 11: wireless LAN Medium Access Control (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY) specifications: high-speed physical layer in the 5 GHz band," in IEEE Std 802.11a-1999, (1999)
  6. E. Ip, J. P. Kahn, D. Anthon and J. Hutchins, "Linewidth measurements of MEMS-based tunable lasers for phase-locking applications," IEEE Phot. Technol. Lett. 17,2029 - 2031 (2005). [CrossRef]
  7. J. D. Berger, D. Anthon, S. Dutta, F. Ilkov, and I. -F. Wu, "Tunable MEMS Devices for Reconfigurable Optical Networks," in Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition and The National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference, Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2005), paper OThD1. http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=OFC-2005-OThD1.
  8. G. Charlet, N. Maaref, J. Renaudier, H. Mardoyan, P. Tran, S. Bigo, "Transmission of 40Gb/s QPSK with coherent detection over ultra long haul distance improved by nonlinearity mitigation," in Tech. Dig., ECOC’2006 (Cannes, France, 2006), post-deadline paper, Th.4.3.6.
  9. N. S. Bergano, "Wavelength division multiplexing in long-haul transoceanic transmission systems," J. Lightwave Technol. 23,4125-4139 (2005). [CrossRef]

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited