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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 12 — Jun. 6, 2011
  • pp: 11312–11317

Long-reach radio-over-fiber signal distribution using single-sideband signal generated by a silicon-modulator

C. W. Chow, C. H. Yeh, Stanley M. G. Lo, C. Li, and H. K. Tsang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 12, pp. 11312-11317 (2011)

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The integration of passive optical network (PON) and radio-over-fiber (ROF) networks could provide broadband services for both fixed and mobile users in a single and low-cost platform. Combining the long-reach (LR)-PON (>100 km) and the LR-ROF can further reduce the cost by simplifying the network architecture, sharing the same optical components and extending the coverage of ROF network. However, the transmission and distribution of ROF signal in LR network is very challenging due to the chromatic dispersion generated periodic power fading and code time-shifting effects in the optical fiber. In this work, we propose and experimentally demonstrate a LR-ROF signal distribution using single-sideband (SSB)-ROF signal generated by a silicon ring-modulator. The silicon modulator is compact and has low power consumption. Besides, one unique feature of the silicon ring-modulator is that it only modulates the signal wavelength at the resonant null. This makes it very suitable for the generation of the SSB-ROF signal. Numerical comparison of the SSB-ROF with the double-sideband (DSB)-ROF and optical carrier suppress (OCS)-ROF signals; as well as the fabrication of the silicon ring-modulator will be discussed.

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OCIS Codes
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(060.2360) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics links and subsystems

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: April 18, 2011
Revised Manuscript: May 8, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: May 12, 2011
Published: May 25, 2011

C. W. Chow, C. H. Yeh, Stanley M. G. Lo, C. Li, and H. K. Tsang, "Long-reach radio-over-fiber signal distribution using single-sideband signal generated by a silicon-modulator," Opt. Express 19, 11312-11317 (2011)

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