OSA's Digital Library

Optics Express

Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 2 — Jan. 21, 2008
  • pp: 860–865

Amplified-spontaneous noise limit of optical OFDM lightwave systems

Arthur James Lowery  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 2, pp. 860-865 (2008)

View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (171 KB)

Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools



Optical Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (O-OFDM) systems use electronic digital computation to provide dispersion compensation that can be rapidly adapted to changes in the optical link or optical network. Recent demonstrations have shown compensation of several thousand kilometers. Earlier simulations and analysis showed better sensitivities than non-return to zero systems; however, they assumed optical filters with very narrow bandwidths and narrow-linewidth lasers. This paper explores the effect of the optical filter bandwidths and laser linewidths for both coherent and direct-detection systems using analysis and simulations.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.4080) Fiber optics and optical communications : Modulation
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications

ToC Category:
Coherent Systems

Original Manuscript: August 27, 2007
Revised Manuscript: October 19, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: October 30, 2007
Published: January 9, 2008

Virtual Issues
Coherent Optical Communication (2008) Optics Express

Arthur James Lowery, "Amplified-spontaneous noise limit of optical OFDM lightwave systems," Opt. Express 16, 860-865 (2008)

Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  


  1. T. Nielsen and S. Chandrasekhar, "OFC 2004 workshop on optical and electronic mitigation of impairments," J. Lightwave Technol. 23,131-142 (2005). [CrossRef]
  2. Q. Yu and A. Shanbhag, "Electronic data processing for error and dispersion compensation," J. Lightwave Technol. 24,4514-4525 (2006). [CrossRef]
  3. J. McNicol, M. O’Sullivan, K. Roberts, A. Comeau, D. McGhan, and L. Strawczynski, "Electrical domain compensation of optical dispersion," in Tech. Digest of the Conference on Optical Fiber Communication (Optical Society of America, 2005) 5, 269 - 271.
  4. R. I. Killey, P. M. Watts, V. Mikhailov, M. Glick, and P. Bayval, "Electronic dispersion compensation by signal predistortion using digital processing and a dual-drive Mach-Zehnder modulator," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 17, 714-716 (2005). [CrossRef]
  5. A. J. Lowery and J. Armstrong, "Orthogonal frequency division multiplexing for dispersion compensation of long-haul optical systems," Opt. Express 14, 2079-2084 (2006). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  6. B. J. C. Schmidt, A. J. Lowery and J. Armstrong, "Experimental demonstrations of 20 Gbit/s direct-detection optical OFDM and 12 Gbit/s with a colorless transmitter," in Tech. Digest of the Conference on Optical Fiber Communication, (Optical Society of America, 2007), Postdeadline Paper PDP18.
  7. T. H. Williams, "System for transmission of digital data using orthogonal frequency division multiplexing," U.S. Patent 5 371 548, December 6, 1994.
  8. R. Feced, R. Rickard, and E. Richard, "Reference phase and amplitude estimation for coherent optical receiver," U.S. Patent Application 20050180760, August 18, 2005.
  9. W. Shieh, X. Yi and Y. Tang, "Transmission experiment of multi-gigabit coherent optical OFDM systems over 1000-km SSF fiber," Electron. Lett. 43,183-185 (2007). [CrossRef]
  10. S. L. Jansen, I. Mortita, N. Takeda, and H. Tanaka, "20-Gb/s OFDM transmission over 4,160 km SSMF enabled by RF-pilot tone phase noise compensation," in Tech. Digest of the Conference on Optical Fiber Communication, (Optical Society of America, 2007), Postdeadline Paper PDP15.
  11. W. Shieh, X. Yi, Y. Ma, and Y. Tang, "Theoretical and experimental study on PMD-supported transmission using polarization diversity in coherent optical OFDM systems," Opt. Express 15, 9936-9947 (2007). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  12. A. J. Lowery, L. B. Y. Du and J. Armstrong, "Performance of optical OFDM in ultralong-haul WDM lightwave systems," J. Lightwave Technol. 25,131-138 (2007). [CrossRef]
  13. B. F. Jørgensen, B. Mikkelsen, and C. J. Mahon, "Analysis of optical amplifier noise in coherent optical communications systems with optical image rejection receivers," J. Lightwave Technol. 10,660-671 (1992). [CrossRef]
  14. M. Mayrock and H. Haunstein, "Polarization dependence in optical OFDM transmission," in Proceedings of the 8th ITG-Fachtagung Photonische Netze, Leipzig, May 2007.
  15. S. Jansen, I. Morito, and H. Tanaka, "Carrier-to-signal power in fiber-optic SSB-OFDM transmission systems," IEICE General Conference, Nagoya, Japan (Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers, 20-23 March, 2007) Paper number: B-10-24, 363.
  16. S. Yamashita and T. Okoshi, "Suppression of beat noise from optical amplifiers using coherent receivers," J. Lightwave Technol. 12,1029-1035 (1994). [CrossRef]
  17. L. G. Kazovsky, "Phase- and polarization-diversity coherent optical receiver techniques," J. Lightwave Technol. 7,279-292 (1989). [CrossRef]
  18. J. Armstrong, "Analysis of new and existing methods of reducing intercarrier interference due to carrier frequency offset in OFDM," IEEE Trans. Commun. 47,365-369 (1999). [CrossRef]
  19. S. L. Jansen, I. Morita, and H. Tanaka, "Experimental demonstration of a 23.6-Gb/s OFDM with a colorless transmitter," Optoelectronics and Communications Conference (OECC) 2007, 9-13 July 2007, Yokohama, Japan. Postdeadline Paper PD1-5.

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.


Fig. 1. Fig. 2. Fig. 3.

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited