High PDG-OA-Based MLPolSK Modulation for Spectral Efficient Free-Space Optical Communication

Yan Qing Hong, Won Ho Shin, Do Hoon Kwon, Sang Kook Han

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This paper proposes multilevel linear polarization shift keying (MLPolSK) modulation, based on a high polarization-dependent gain optical amplifier (PDG-OA), for spectral efficient free-space optical (FSO) communication. At the transmitter end, multiple linear states of polarization (SOPs) are adopted, and different SOPs are mapped for MLPolSK modulation according to the PDG-OA. First, in the receiver, scintillation is effectively mitigated by a polarization-independent semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) with gain saturation. Next, various SOPs are transformed into different signal intensity levels by an OA with high PDG characteristics. Finally, transformed signal is directly detected by a single photodiode (PD) with multilevel-Thresholds decision. The feasibility of the proposed technique is evaluated experimentally using a reflective semiconductor optical amplifier (RSOA), with a high PDG-up to 20 dB. A Mach-Zehnder modulator (MZM)-based fading simulator is used to accommodate lognormal distribution simulated turbulence effects into experiments. Experimental results illustrate that multilevel linear SOPs can be distinguished effectively by the proposed technique. Consequently, the MLPolSK detection is simplified, and the spectral efficiency (SE) is improved by up to 2 bit/s/Hz with effective scintillation mitigation in FSO.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8915845
Pages (from-to)35-38
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Photonics Technology Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jan 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Manuscript received October 22, 2019; accepted November 23, 2019. Date of publication November 27, 2019; date of current version January 2, 2020. This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea Government (MSIP; Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning) under Grant 2017M1A3A3A02016524. (Corresponding author: Sang-Kook Han.) The authors are with the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul 120-749, South Korea (e-mail: skhan@yonsei.ac.kr).

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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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