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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 3 — Feb. 4, 2008
  • pp: 2005–2014

All-optical envelope detection for Radio-over-Fiber links using external optical injection of a DFB laser

Kamau Prince, Idelfonso Tafur Monroy, Jorge Seoane, and Palle Jeppesen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 3, pp. 2005-2014 (2008)

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We outline a novel method performing all-optical envelope detection of radio-frequency signals for radio-over-fiber links. A high frequency modulated signal with a slower-varying envelope is injected into a DFB laser which, due to gain suppression effects, recovers only the envelope of the optical signal. We characterize the DFB gain suppression effect in terms of injected signal wavelength and power level requirements. System performance is assessed, including experimental bit-error rate results; these illustrate successful envelope detection for a 20 GHz carrier with ASK modulation operating at 2.5 Gbit/second. Preliminary results at 5.5 Gbit/s show significant potential for application in hybrid optical-wireless communications networks.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications
(060.5625) Fiber optics and optical communications : Radio frequency photonics

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: November 19, 2007
Revised Manuscript: January 14, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: January 25, 2008
Published: January 29, 2008

Kamau Prince, Idelfonso Tafur Monroy, Jorge Seoane, and Palle Jeppesen, "All-optical envelope detection for radio-over- fiber links using external optical injection of a DFB laser," Opt. Express 16, 2005-2014 (2008)

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