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Low power all-digital radio-over-fiber transmission for 28-GHz band using parallel electro-absorption modulators

Journal Contribution - Journal Article

We present a low-power all-digital radio-over-fiber (RoF) transmitter for the 28 GHz band using sigma-delta modulation. Using a parallel electro-absorption modulator (EAM) structure, the radio signal upconversion is split between the electrical and the optical domains. This halves the maximum bandwidth requirement of the driver circuit with respect to conventional implementations. Furthermore, the effect of chromatic dispersion can be mitigated by tuning the optical phase and amplitude applied to the individual modulators, such that transmission notches are partially removed. The modulator structure is described using simplified models and verified in VPI TransmissionMaker. Experimental results using a 140 mW non-return-to-zero (NRZ) driver and parallel EAMs are provided and yield an error vector magnitude (EVM) of 7.6% (5.2%) when transporting a radio signal modulated at 28 GHz with 5.25 Gb/s (2.625 Gb/s) 64-QAM over 10 km standard single mode fiber (SSMF) at 1560 nm.
Journal: Journal of Lightwave Technology
ISSN: 0733-8724
Issue: 4
Volume: 39
Pages: 1125 - 1131
Publication year:2021
Keywords:Computer science/information technology, Electrical & electronic engineering, Classical physics