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Authors: L. Breyne, G. Torfs, X. Yin, P. Demeester, J. Bauwelinck
Title: Comparison Between Analog Radio-Over-Fiber and Sigma Delta Modulated Radio-Over-Fiber
Format: International Journal
Publication date: 12/2016
Journal/Conference/Book: IEEE Photonics Technology Letters
Editor/Publisher: IEEE, 
Volume(Issue): 29(21) p.1808-1811


With the continuously increasing demand of cost effective, broadband wireless access, radio-over-fiber (RoF) starts to gain more and more momentum. Various techniques already exist, using analog (ARoF) or digitized (DRoF) radio signals over fiber; each with their own advantages and disadvantages. By transmitting a sigma delta modulated signal over fiber (SDoF), a similar immunity to impairments as DRoF can be obtained while maintaining the low complexity of ARoF. This letter describes a detailed experimental comparison between ARoF and SDoF that quantifies the improvement in linearity and error vector magnitude (EVM) of SDoF over ARoF. The experiments were carried out using a 16-QAM constellation with a baudrate from 20 to 125 MBd modulated on a central carrier frequency of 1 GHz. The sigma delta modulator runs at 8 or 13.5 Gbps. A high-speed vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) operating at 850 nm is used to transmit the signal over 200-m multimode fiber. The receiver amplifies the electrical signals and subsequently filters to recover the original RF signal. Compared with ARoF, improvements exceeding 40 dB were measured on the third order intermodulation products when SDoF was employed, the EVM improves between 2.4 and 7.1 dB.

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