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Opt Express. 2013 Mar 25;21(6):7651-66. doi: 10.1364/OE.21.007651.

Analytical formulation of directly modulated OOFDM signals transmitted over an IM/DD dispersive link.

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  • 1Optical and Quantum Communications Group, iTEAM-Universidad Politécnica de Valencia-Camino de Vera s/n- Valencia 46470, Spain.


We provide an analytical study on the propagation effects of a directly modulated OOFDM signal through a dispersive fiber and subsequent photo-detection. The analysis includes the effects of the laser operation point and the interplay between chromatic dispersion and laser chirp. The final expression allows to understand the physics behind the transmission of a multi-carrier signal in the presence of residual frequency modulation and the description of the induced intermodulation distortion gives us a detailed insight into the diferent intermodulation products which impair the recovered signal at the receiver-end side. Numerical comparisons between transmission simulations results and those provided by evaluating the expression obtained are carried out for different laser operation points. Results obtained by changing the fiber length, laser parameters and using single mode fiber with negative and positive dispersion are calculated in order to demonstrate the validity and versatility of the theory provided in this paper. Therefore, a novel analytical formulation is presented as a versatile tool for the description and study of IM/DD OOFDM systems with variable design parameters.

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