Optical Single Sideband Signal Reconstruction Based on Time-Domain Iteration

Wei Wang, Dongdong Zou, Zibin Li, Qi Sui, Zizheng Cao, Chao Lu, Fan Li, Zhaohui Li

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Due to its low cost, simple architecture and robustness to fiber dispersion, single sideband (SSB) transmission with direct detection (DD) system is an attractive solution for 80-km inter data center interconnects (DCIs). However, it will suffer performance penalty caused by the signal-to-signal beating interference (SSBI). Kramers-Kronig (KK) receiver has been extensively investigated for SSBI elimination by reconstructing the SSB signal. The nonlinear operations in KK algorithm require up-sampling to cope with spectral broadening, which results in high complexity for practical application. Optical signal phase retrieval method based on the minimum phase signal has also been investigated for SSB signal recovery, in which the SSB and DC-Value properties are iteratively imposed on the amplitude signal in frequency domain. In this paper, we propose a low complexity iterative algorithm for minimum phase signal recovery without up-sampling in time domain. Finite impulse response (FIR) filter is applied to iteratively generate the SSB signal and update the phase component. Based on the proposed scheme, the transmission of 30 GHz SSB 16-QAM discrete multitone (DMT) signal over 80 km single mode fiber (SMF) is successfully demonstrated with the bit error rate (BER) below the hard-decision forward error correction (HD-FEC) threshold of 3.8 × 10-3. The experimental results show that, the BER performance of KK scheme with up-sampling factor of 2, frequency-domain iterative scheme and our proposed scheme is almost the same. However, compared with the KK scheme, the proposed method can save the numbers of adders and multipliers by the factors of 29 and 7, while the factors are 5.5 and 4 comparing to the frequency-domain iteration scheme.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9320540
Pages (from-to)2319-2326
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Lightwave Technology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2021


  • Finite impulse response (FIR) filter
  • minimum phase signal
  • phase retrieval
  • Signal-to-signal beating interference (SSBI)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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