Journal article

Spectrally efficient optical transmission based on Stokes vector direct detection

An Li, Di Che, Vivian Chen, William Shieh

Optics Express | OPTICAL SOC AMER | Published : 2014


We propose a novel detection scheme called Stokes vector direct detection (SV-DD) to realize high electrical spectral efficiency and cost-effective optical communication for short and medium reach. With SV-DD, the signal is modulated in only one polarization and combined with the carrier in the orthogonal polarization for fiber transmission. At reception, the combined signal is detected in Stokes space by three or four photo-detectors. Compared with conventional DD technique, SV-DD is resilient to both chromatic dispersion and signal-to-signal beat noise. Furthermore, SV-DD does not require polarization tracking or narrow band optical filtering for carrier extraction. In this paper, we prese..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Canada Research Chair in Advanced photonics technologies for emerging communication strategies (APTECS), by the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Photonic innovations and the Natural sciences and engineering research council of Canada (NSERC). The authors would like to acknowledge Charles Brunet and Pierre-Andre Belanger for insightful discussions.