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Digital Predistortion for RSOAs as External Modulators in Radio over Fiber Systems

Liu, Z. ; Violas, M. ; Carvalho, N.B.C.

Optics Express Vol. 19, Nº 18, pp. 17641 - 17646, August, 2011.

ISSN (print): 1094-4087
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Scimago Journal Ranking: 2,58 (in 2011)

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1364/OE.19.017641

Reflective semiconductor optical amplifiers (RSOAs) can be used as external modulators in radio over fiber (RoF) links due to their amplification and modulation characteristics and colorless property. The nonlinear distortion of RSOA, however, limits its dynamic range. In this paper we demonstrate digital predistortion (DPD) linearization techniques to improve the linearity of RSOA external modulators. 64 quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) signals are utilized to extract the model parameters. The dynamic AM/AM and AM/PM characteristics and power spectral densities of the modulated signals from the RSOA are demonstrated without and with DPD. Experimental results show clearly that the nonlinear distortion of RSOA external modulators in RoF links can be compensated using DPD linearization techniques.