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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 26 — Dec. 12, 2011
  • pp: B459–B470

Optical frequency tripling with improved suppression and sideband selection

Manoj P. Thakur, Maria C.R. Medeiros, Paula Laurêncio, and John E. Mitchell  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 26, pp. B459-B470 (2011)

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A novel optical dispersion tolerant millimetre-wave radio-over-fibre system using optical frequency tripling technique with enhanced and selectable sideband suppression is demonstrated. The implementation utilises cascaded optical modulators to achieve either an optical single sideband (OSSB) or double sideband-suppressed carrier (DSB-SC) signal with high sideband suppression. Our analysis and simulation results indicate that the achievable suppression ratio of this configuration is only limited by other system factors such as optical noise and drifting of the operational conditions. The OSSB transmission system performance is assessed experimentally by the transport of 4 WiMax channels modulating a 10 GHz optical upconverted RF carrier as well as for optical frequency doubling and tripling. The 10 GHz and tripled carrier at 30 GHz are dispersion tolerant resulting both in an average relative constellation error (RCE) of −28.7 dB after 40 km of fibre.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications
(060.2360) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics links and subsystems
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
(060.5060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Phase modulation
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(190.7220) Nonlinear optics : Upconversion
(350.4010) Other areas of optics : Microwaves
(060.5625) Fiber optics and optical communications : Radio frequency photonics

ToC Category:
Access Networks and LAN

Original Manuscript: September 30, 2011
Revised Manuscript: October 29, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: November 2, 2011
Published: November 22, 2011

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European Conference on Optical Communication 2011 (2011) Optics Express

Manoj P. Thakur, Maria C.R. Medeiros, Paula Laurêncio, and John E. Mitchell, "Optical frequency tripling with improved suppression and sideband selection," Opt. Express 19, B459-B470 (2011)

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