We implement dispersion-tolerant and time-gating-free all-optical OFDM transmission using a photonic-integrated discrete Fourier transform (DFT) device. We show that 35-Gb/s OFDM data having near-unity spectral efficiency can be transmitted all-optically with 1-dB dispersion margin of ∼1000 ps/nm. The passive-optical DFT circuit is implemented using multi-mode interference (MMI) couplers on a high index-contrast silica integrated-optic platform. We also propose a photonic DFT circuit based on an NxN MMI device capable of simultaneous channelization of OFDM signals into N subcarriers.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics