75-km SMF transmission of optical 16 QAM signal generated by a monolithic quad-parallel Mach-Zehnder optical modulator

Akito Chiba, Takahide Sakamoto, Tetsuya Kawanishi, Kaoru Higuma, Masaaki Sudo, Junichiro Ichikawa

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We demonstrate 75-km single-mode fiber transmission of a 40-Gb/s optical 16-level quadrature amplitude modulation (16QAM) signal generated by a quad-parallel MachZehnder optical modulator (QPMZM), where four MachZehnder structures are embedded in parallel monolithically on a lithium niobate substrate. Owing to the optical 16QAM signal generation method based on the coherent superposition in the QPMZM and improved coherent receiver utilizing digital filters, improvement of receiver sensitivity has been achieved as well. The experimentally obtained receiver sensitivity for near the forward-error correction limit and power penalty due to transmission are experimentally evaluated as 16.3 dB and about 2-3 dB, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5759068
Pages (from-to)977-979
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Photonics Technology Letters
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jul 4



  • Coherent superposition
  • lithium niobate
  • monolithic quad-parallel MachZehnder optical modulator (QPMZM)
  • optical quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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