RF transmission over multimode fibers using VCSELs-comparing standard and high bandwidth multimode fibers
Journal article, 2004

Fiber-optic radio-frequency links have been assembled using oxide-confined vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) and multimode fibers. Links with single and multimode VCSELs and with standard and high-bandwidth fibers have been evaluated and compared in the frequency range of 0.1-10 GHz. The best results were obtained for links with a multimode VCSEL and a high-bandwidth fiber. For a 500-m-long link, a spurious free dynamic range of 104 dB. HZ(2/3) at 2 GHz and 100 dB (.) Hz(2/3) at 5, GHz were obtained while allowing for a VCSEL-fiber misalignment of +/-12 mum. Corresponding numbers for the intrinsic link gain and noise figure are -29 and -33 dB, and 39 and 42 dB at 2 and 5 GHz, respectively. Inferior performance Was observed for the standard fiber link due to a larger variation in modal group velocities. This paper also presents a detailed link analysis to identify performance limitations and to suggest modifications for improved performance.


Christina Carlsson

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Photonics

Anders Larsson

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Photonics

Arne Alping


Journal of Lightwave Technology

0733-8724 (ISSN) 1558-2213 (eISSN)

Vol. 22 7 1694-1700

Subject Categories

Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering



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