The letter presents the results obtained with a densely spaced FDM coherent optical network using monolithic widely frequency-tunable lasers. The system consists of four channels transmitted around 1.53μm, FSK-modulated at 200Mbit/s and spaced by 2.45 GHz. A 16 × 16 fibre star coupler combines the four optical signals. Demultiplexing is performed by a heterodyne FM receiver at an IF frequency of 850 MHz. The minimum received optical power needed to obtain a BER of 10-9 is -55.5dBm or 109 photons/bit, which is 3.4 dB from the shot noise limit.
- Optical communications
- Optical multiplexing
- Semiconductor lasers
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering