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  • Vol. 24, Iss. 3 — Feb. 1, 1999
  • pp: 157–159

Bit-error rate and frequency response in superregenerative semiconductor laser receivers

M. C. España-Boquera and A. Puerta-Notario  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 24, Issue 3, pp. 157-159 (1999)

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A superregenerative receiver scheme developed for radio communications is translated to the scope of optical communications. Starting from application of the quasi-deterministic theory to the single-mode Langevin rate equations, closed expressions for basic parameters and features, such as bit-error rate and frequency response, are obtained. A comparison of superregenerative receivers with well-established optical receivers shows that improvements in direct-detection receiver sensitivities of more than 10 dB can be obtained; this places superregenerative receiver sensitivities closer to the shot limit. Moreover, the intrinsic frequency selectivity of the superregenerative scheme makes it especially suitable for wavelength-division multiplexed systems. Finally, appropriate devices for implementation of this receiver are suggested.

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OCIS Codes
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers

M. C. España-Boquera and A. Puerta-Notario, "Bit-error rate and frequency response in superregenerative semiconductor laser receivers," Opt. Lett. 24, 157-159 (1999)

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