A novel coherent multi-level OTDM transmission scheme is presented by using an RZ-CW conversion technique in a coherent receiver, in which the transmitted coherent RZ pulses are OTDM demultiplexed and converted into a CW signals for demodulation with a CW-LO. This scheme enables us to achieve a high SNR demodulation and demultiplexing performance even for ultrahigh-speed OTDM signals with ultra multi-level modulation, which would be difficult to realize with a conventional scheme of simultaneous demodulation and demultiplexing using a pulsed-LO. The advantage of this scheme is successfully demonstrated with 10 Gsymbol/s, 4- and 8-OTDM, 32-RZ/QAM demodulation experiments.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics