A self-seeded reflective SOA-based optical network unit for optical beat interference robust WDM/SCM-PON link

Hyuk Choon Kwon, Yong Yuk Won, Sang Kook Han

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We have proposed and experimentally demonstrated a novel optical source configuration that uses a self-seeded reflective semiconductor optical amplifier (RSOA) as an optical network unit (ONU) in a wavelength division multiplexed/subcarrier multiplexing (SCM)-passive optical network (PON). A fiber Bragg grating (FBG) was used to obtain a single longitudinal mode of the RSOA. The proposed ONU configuration is simple, cost-effective, and effective regardless of wavelength allocation. Additionally, it would be robust for optical beat interference (OBI) noise. As the ONU is composed only of an RSOA and FBG, the self-seeded RSOA, due to the strong self-injection caused by the reflection of the FBG, has a broad optical spectrum. A self-homodyne apparatus method was performed in order to demonstrate the robustness of the self-seeded RSOA in OBI. To confirm the validity of the proposed scheme, a 16-quadrature amplitude modulation transmission experiment was performed in a 10-, 20-km optical access link with an SCM frequency of 1 GHz. An error vector magnitude of less than 4% for 2 Msps was successfully obtained through the transmission experiment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1852-1854
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Photonics Technology Letters
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Sept 1

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Funding Information:
Manuscript received February 22, 2006; revised June 21, 2006. This work was supported by the Korea Research Foundation Grant funded by the Korean Government (MOEHRD) (KRF-2005-041-D00554). The authors are with the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul 120-749, Korea (e-mail: wind0404@yonsei.ac.kr). Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/LPT.2006.881212 Fig. 1. Proposed ONU configuration using a self-seeded RSOA in a WDM/ SCM-PON link.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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