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Virtual-carrier assisted direct-detection MB-OFDM next generation ultra-dense metro networks limited by laser phase noise

Alves , T. M. F. ; Cartaxo, A.

IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology Vol. 33, Nº 19, pp. 4093 - 4100, October, 2015.

ISSN (print): 0733-8724
ISSN (online): 0733-8724

Journal Impact Factor: 2,567 (in 2015)

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1109/JLT.2015.2461013

Abstract
The impact of the phase-to-intensity conversion of the laser phase noise due to the optical band selector (BS) used for band extraction on the performance of direct-detection DD)
optical multi-band orthogonal frequency division multiplexing
(MB-OFDM) networks employing single sideband (SSB) modulation is assessed. Compared to conventional double sideband DD systems, in which the amplitude shape of the optical filter is quasi-symmetric relative to the centre of the signal spectrum, ultra-dense optical SSB-MB-OFDM networks employing virtual carrier-assisted DD are differently affected by the phase-to-intensity conversion. This is due to the detuned BSs required by these networks which modify the converted phase noise (CPN) features.
A reduction of the power spectral density of the CPN achieving 30 dB can occur along the frequency range in which the BS bandwidth and detuning lead to a filtering attenuation that is similar in both sides of the virtual carrier. For single-band, when the ratio between the BS detuning and bandwidth increases from 0 to 28%, an error vector magnitude improvement of 7 dB due to the CPN reduction is observed. The optical signal-to-noise ratio (OSNR) penalty due to the laser phase noise in 112 Gb/s SSB MB-OFDM networks comprising 12 OFDM bands and employing
an ultra-dense band spacing of 3.125 GHz is lower than 1 dB
for external cavity lasers and is 1.6 dB for distributed feedback
lasers. These OSNR penalties are obtained for an optimized ratio between the BS detuning and bandwidth of 14%.