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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 16 — Aug. 11, 2014
  • pp: 18934–18939

Coded-subcarrier-aided chromatic dispersion monitoring scheme for flexible optical OFDM networks

Kam-Hon Tse and Chun-Kit Chan  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 16, pp. 18934-18939 (2014)

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A simple coded-subcarrier aided scheme is proposed to perform chromatic dispersion monitoring in flexible optical OFDM networks. A pair of coded label subcarriers is added to both edges of the optical OFDM signal spectrum at the edge transmitter node. Upon reception at any intermediate or the receiver node, chromatic dispersion estimation is performed, via simple direct detection, followed by electronic correlation procedures with the designated code sequences. The feasibility and the performance of the proposed scheme have been experimentally characterized. It provides a cost-effective monitoring solution for the optical OFDM signals across intermediate nodes in flexible OFDM networks.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications
(060.4080) Fiber optics and optical communications : Modulation

ToC Category:
Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: May 5, 2014
Revised Manuscript: June 13, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: June 23, 2014
Published: July 29, 2014

Kam-Hon Tse and Chun-Kit Chan, "Coded-subcarrier-aided chromatic dispersion monitoring scheme for flexible optical OFDM networks," Opt. Express 22, 18934-18939 (2014)

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