Novel RZ-CW conversion scheme for ultra multi-level, high-speed coherent OTDM transmission

Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Sendai-shi, 980-8577, Japan.
Optics Express (Impact Factor: 3.49). 12/2011; 19(26):B574-80. DOI: 10.1364/OE.19.00B574
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A novel coherent multi-level OTDM transmission scheme is presented by using an RZ-CW conversion technique in a coherent receiver, in which the transmitted coherent RZ pulses are OTDM demultiplexed and converted into a CW signals for demodulation with a CW-LO. This scheme enables us to achieve a high SNR demodulation and demultiplexing performance even for ultrahigh-speed OTDM signals with ultra multi-level modulation, which would be difficult to realize with a conventional scheme of simultaneous demodulation and demultiplexing using a pulsed-LO. The advantage of this scheme is successfully demonstrated with 10 Gsymbol/s, 4- and 8-OTDM, 32-RZ/QAM demodulation experiments.

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