Experimental Layered/Enhanced ACO-OFDM Short-Haul Optical Fiber Link

Binhuang Song, Chen Zhu, Bill Corcoran, Qibing Wang, Leimeng Zhuang, Arthur J. Lowery

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Asymmetrically clipped optical orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (ACO-OFDM) is theoretically more optically power efficient than dc-biased OFDM (DCO-OFDM); unfortunately, its spectral efficiency is halved to accommodate the clipping distortion. Recently, layered/enhanced ACO-OFDM has been developed to mostly regain the lost spectral efficiency, and theoretically compared with other modulation formats. In this letter, we experimentally demonstrate L/E-ACO-OFDM for the first time over a fiber link. We transmit over a 19.8-km single mode fiber at 4.375 Gb/s, and show a 2-dB improvement in signal quality for the same laser bias current and received optical power over DCO-OFDM.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7728041
Pages (from-to)2815-2818
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Photonics Technology Letters
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2016


  • asymmetrically clipped orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (ACO-OFDM)
  • Intensity modulation with direct detection (IM/DD)
  • optical communication

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