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  • Received: May. 8, 2019

    Accepted: Jun. 20, 2019

    Posted: Sep. 12, 2019

    Published Online: Sep. 12, 2019

    The Author Email: Yun Ling (

    DOI: 10.3788/COL201917.110602

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    Yuancheng Cai, Xiang Gao, Yun Ling, Bo Xu, Kun Qiu. Power-efficient heterodyne radio over fiber link with laser phase noise robustness[J]. Chinese Optics Letters, 2019, 17(11): 110602

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Chinese Optics Letters, Vol. 17, Issue 11, 110602 (2019)

Power-efficient heterodyne radio over fiber link with laser phase noise robustness

Yuancheng Cai, Xiang Gao, Yun Ling*, Bo Xu, and Kun Qiu

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  • Key Laboratory of Optical Fiber Sensing and Communications, Ministry of Education, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 611731, China


A pre-coding-assisted power detection scheme for radio over fiber downlink is presented. This scheme can eliminate laser phase noise while avoiding high energy-consuming electrical carrier required in conventional power and/or envelope detection schemes. Theoretical analysis and experimental verification are performed. 0.625 Gbaud pre-coded quadrature phase-shift keying or 16 quadrature amplitude modulation signals can both be recovered by power detection without electrical carrier assistance at the receiver after 75 km fiber transmission. Not only robust against the laser phase noise, an improvement of about 5 dB in receiver sensitivity can also be achieved, as compared with the conventional power detection scheme.

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