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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 25 — Dec. 3, 2012
  • pp: 27562–27568

Demonstration of low power penalty of silicon Mach–Zehnder modulator in long-haul transmission

Huaxiang Yi, Qifeng Long, Wei Tan, Li Li, Xingjun Wang, and Zhiping Zhou  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 25, pp. 27562-27568 (2012)

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We demonstrate error-free 80km transmission by a silicon carrier-depletion Mach-Zehnder modulator at 10Gbps and the power penalty is as low as 1.15dB. The devices were evaluated through the bit-error-rate characterizations under the system-level analysis. The silicon Mach-Zehnder modulator was also analyzed comparatively with a lithium niobate Mach-Zehnder modulator in back-to-back transmission and long-haul transmission, respectively, and verified the negative chirp parameter of the silicon modulator through the experiment. The result of low power penalty indicates a practical application for the silicon modulator in the middle- or long-distance transmission systems.

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OCIS Codes
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
(230.4110) Optical devices : Modulators

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: September 26, 2012
Revised Manuscript: November 16, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: November 16, 2012
Published: November 28, 2012

Huaxiang Yi, Qifeng Long, Wei Tan, Li Li, Xingjun Wang, and Zhiping Zhou, "Demonstration of low power penalty of silicon Mach–Zehnder modulator in long-haul transmission," Opt. Express 20, 27562-27568 (2012)

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