We demonstrate generation and detection of 120-Gbaud PAM-4 signals using an I/Q modulator based on optical band interleaving (OBI) technique. The spectral components of target PAM signals are split and pre-processed before being sent to two digital-to-analog convertors (sub-DACs) whose outputs are imprinted to an optical carrier by an optical I/Q modulator forming a carrier-suppressed tandem single side-band (SSB) signal. The PAM signals can be recovered after photo-detection provided that an optical beating tone is added at the edge of the signal spectrum along with the modulator output. The proposed method requires only half of the Nyquist bandwidth of the target PAM signal for the transmitter and has the advantage of a simple implementation. Using Kramers-Kronig (K-K) detection, a 120 Gbaud PAM-4 transmission over 80-km standard single mode fiber (SSMF) is successfully demonstrated. The proposed scheme entails a simple implementation and a much lower bandwidth requirement at the transmitter compared with conventional all-electronic high baud rate signal generation schemes.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics