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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 22 — Oct. 25, 2010
  • pp: 23062–23069

40-Gbaud 16-QAM transmitter using tandem IQ modulators with binary driving electronic signals

Guo-Wei Lu, Mats Sköld, Pontus Johannisson, Jian Zhao, Martin Sjödin, Henrik Sunnerud, Mathias Westlund, Andrew Ellis, and Peter A. Andrekson  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 22, pp. 23062-23069 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.023062


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Abstract

We propose a novel 16-quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) transmitter based on two cascaded IQ modulators driven by four separate binary electrical signals. The proposed 16-QAM transmitter features scalable configuration and stable performance with simple bias-control. Generation of 16-QAM signals at 40 Gbaud is experimentally demonstrated for the first time and visualized with a high speed constellation analyzer. The proposed modulator is also compared to two other schemes. We investigate the modulator bandwidth requirements and tolerance to accumulated chromatic dispersion through numerical simulations, and the minimum theoretical insertion attenuation is calculated analytically.

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OCIS Codes
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
(060.5060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Phase modulation

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: August 9, 2010
Revised Manuscript: September 15, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: September 20, 2010
Published: October 18, 2010

Citation
Guo-Wei Lu, Mats Sköld, Pontus Johannisson, Jian Zhao, Martin Sjödin, Henrik Sunnerud, Mathias Westlund, Andrew Ellis, and Peter A. Andrekson, "40-Gbaud 16-QAM transmitter using tandem IQ modulators with binary driving electronic signals," Opt. Express 18, 23062-23069 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-22-23062


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