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Techniques for nonlinear distortion suppression in radio over fiber communication systems

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Techniques for nonlinear distortion suppression in radio over fiber communication systems

Masella, Biagio (2009) Techniques for nonlinear distortion suppression in radio over fiber communication systems. PhD thesis, Concordia University.

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Abstract

Radio over fiber (RoF) is a promising technology that will indisputably compete as a viable solution for future wireless, cellular and broadband networks. RoF, when combined with dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM), such as SONET/SDH, it can become a complete flexible and cost effective solution to the global telecommunication network, where asynchronous and synchronous communications may be efficiently supported. Subcarrier modulation (SCM) is utilized to modulate a RF signal on light, which in turn will be transmitted by fiber. Unfortunately, the transmission in most cases may become corrupted by nonlinear distortion that is induced by the nonlinear response of the optical transmitter, optical receiver and chromatic dispersion of the single mode fiber (SMF). The nonlinear distortion degrades the receiver sensitivity, which leads to a poor bit error rate (BER) and spurious free dynamic range (SFDR). Ultimately, this will increase RoF system costs and render it impractical. The objective of this thesis is to develop linearization methods that reduce the nonlinear distortion, increase receiver sensitivity and increase SFDR. The designs should also address the entire RoF system by combating the optical power fading issue that will be discussed in Chapter 2 without significantly adding great expense and complexity to the RoF system. Four optical linearization methods are proposed and shown through extensive simulation and/or experimentation to outperform similar existing linearization systems described in literature. The proposed single wavelength balanced system is shown to improve the suppression of 2nd order distortion over the dual wavelength balanced system, thereby leading to greater improvement in receiver sensitivity and BER. Furthermore, the design also suppresses relative intensity noise (RIN). The proposed tunable fiber Bragg grating (FBG) balanced system is capable of suppressing both 2 nd and 3 rd order distortions despite which RF carrier that is used. Furthermore, it was shown to outperform the conventional RoF system in terms of receiver sensitivity and BER. The proposed asymmetric Mach-Zehnder modulator (MZM) has been shown to generate optical single sideband (OSSB) transmissions and outperform the dual-parallel modulator, by improving 3rd order intermodulation distortion (3IMD) suppression and increasing SFDR. The final proposed linearization method is the mixed-polarization MZM, where OSSB is also generated and outperforms the conventional OSSB RoF system in terms of 3IMD suppression and SFDR. Furthermore, close form expressions for SFDR are developed for the final two designs, which is crucial in study of their stability and performance.

Divisions:Concordia University > Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science > Electrical and Computer Engineering
Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Authors:Masella, Biagio
Pagination:xxi, 141 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Ph. D.
Program:Electrical and Computer Engineering
Date:2009
Thesis Supervisor(s):Zhang, X
ID Code:976392
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:22 Jan 2013 16:24
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:42
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