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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 2 — Jan. 16, 2012
  • pp: 1635–1648

Sensitivity improvement and carrier power reduction in direct-detection optical OFDM systems by subcarrier pairing

Yi Hong, Arthur J. Lowery, and Emanuele Viterbo  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 2, pp. 1635-1648 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.001635


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Abstract

This paper introduces subcarrier pairing to optical OFDM systems and shows, using simulations, that the sensitivity of Direct-Detection Optical Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexed (DDO-OFDM) systems can be improved by 0.7 dB, without any coding overheads. Subcarrier pairing works because each subcarrier acquires a different electrical Signal to Interference plus Noise Ratio (SINR), which typically increases with the subcarrier’s frequency. Pairing the good and bad subcarriers, so that information is split between them, improves the performance of the bad subcarrier more than it degrades the performance of the good subcarrier. This lowers the required Optical Signal to Noise Ratio (OSNR) for the system to give a certain Bit Error Ratio (BER).

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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:
Subsystems for Optical Networks

History
Original Manuscript: September 28, 2011
Revised Manuscript: October 15, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: October 17, 2011
Published: January 11, 2012

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European Conference on Optical Communication 2011 (2011) Optics Express

Citation
Yi Hong, Arthur J. Lowery, and Emanuele Viterbo, "Sensitivity improvement and carrier power reduction in direct-detection optical OFDM systems by subcarrier pairing," Opt. Express 20, 1635-1648 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-2-1635


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