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Method to generate 112 Gbit/s polarisation-multiplexed 8QAM signal
Electron. Lett. -- 26 April 2012 -- Volume 48, Issue 9, p.511–513

H.Y. Choi (1), T. Tsuritani (1) and I. Morita (1)
(1) KDDI R&D Laboratories Inc., Saitama, Japan

Proposed is a new method to synthesise the 8-ary quadrature amplitude modulation (8QAM) signal and demonstrate the 112 Gbit/s polarisation-multiplexed 8QAM system. The proposed transmitter consists of a dual-drive Mach-Zehnder modulator (DD-MZM) and phase modulators in tandem. The DD-MZM is utilised to manipulate the amplitude and phase of the optical signal by adjusting its chirp. The optical signal-to-noise ratio sensitivity of the 112 Gbit/s polarisation-multiplexed 8QAM signal to achieve the bit error rate of 10-3 is measured to be 18.8 dB (in 0.1 nm resolution bandwidth).

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