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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 20 — Sep. 28, 2009
  • pp: 17658–17668

Generation of optical OFDM signals using 21.4 GS/s real time digital signal processing

Yannis Benlachtar, Philip M. Watts, Rachid Bouziane, Peter Milder, Deepak Rangaraj, Anthony Cartolano, Robert Koutsoyannis, James C. Hoe, Markus Püschel, Madeleine Glick, and Robert I. Killey  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 20, pp. 17658-17668 (2009)

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We demonstrate a field programmable gate array (FPGA) based optical orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) transmitter implementing real time digital signal processing at a sample rate of 21.4 GS/s. The QPSK-OFDM signal is generated using an 8 bit, 128 point inverse fast Fourier transform (IFFT) core, performing one transform per clock cycle at a clock speed of 167.2 MHz and can be deployed with either a direct-detection or a coherent receiver. The hardware design and the main digital signal processing functions are described, and we show that the main performance limitation is due to the low (4-bit) resolution of the digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and the 8-bit resolution of the IFFT core used. We analyze the back-to-back performance of the transmitter generating an 8.36 Gb/s optical single sideband (SSB) OFDM signal using digital up-conversion, suitable for direct-detection. Additionally, we use the device to transmit 8.36 Gb/s SSB OFDM signals over 200 km of uncompensated standard single mode fiber achieving an overall BER<10−3.

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

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: July 15, 2009
Revised Manuscript: August 26, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: September 16, 2009
Published: September 18, 2009

Yannis Benlachtar, Philip M. Watts, Rachid Bouziane, Peter Milder, Deepak Rangaraj, Anthony Cartolano, Robert Koutsoyannis, James C. Hoe, Markus Püschel, Madeleine Glick, and Robert I. Killey, "Generation of optical OFDM signals using 21.4 GS/s real time digital signal processing," Opt. Express 17, 17658-17668 (2009)

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