Optical frequency comb source for next generation access networks
Zhou, Rui (2014) Optical frequency comb source for next generation access networks. PhD thesis, Dublin City University.
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The exponential growth of converged telecommunication services and the increasing demands for video rich multimedia applications have triggered the vast development of optical access technology to resolve the capacity bottleneck at metropolitan-access aggregations. To further enhance overall performance, next generation optical access networks will require highly efficient wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) technology beyond the capability of current standard time division multiplexed (TDM) systems. The successful implementation of future-proof WDM access networks depends on advancements in high performance transmission schemes as well as economical and practical electronic/photonic devices. This thesis focuses on an investigation of the use of optical frequency comb sources, and spectrally efficient modulation formats, in high capacity WDM based optical access networks. A novel injected gain switched comb generation technique which deliver simplicity, reliability, and cost effectiveness has been proposed and verified through experimental work. In addition, a detailed characterization of the optical comb source has been undertaken with special attention on the phase noise property of the comb lines. The potential of the injected gain switched comb source is then demonstrated in a digital coherent receiver based long reach WDM access scenario, which intends to facilitate 10 - 40 Gbit/s data delivery per channel . Furthermore, an optical scalar transmission scheme enabling the direct detection of higher order modulation format signals has been proposed and experimentally investigated.
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