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Experimental parametric study of 128 Gb/s PAM-4 transmission system using a multi-electrode silicon photonic Mach Zehnder modulator

Samani, Alireza, Patel, David, Chagnon, Mathieu, El-Fiky, Eslam, Li, Rui, Jacques, Maxime, Abadia, Nicolas, Veerasubramanian, Venkat and Plant, David V. 2017. Experimental parametric study of 128 Gb/s PAM-4 transmission system using a multi-electrode silicon photonic Mach Zehnder modulator. Optics Express 25 (12) , pp. 13252-13262. 10.1364/OE.25.013252

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Abstract

We present an experimental study and analysis of a travelling wave series push-pull silicon photonic multi-electrode Mach-Zehnder modulator (ME-MZM) and compare its performance with a single-electrode travelling wave Mach-Zehnder modulator (TWMZM). Utilizing the functionality of the ME-MZM structure plus digital-signal-processing, we report: 1) the C-band transmission of 84 Gb/s OOK modulated data below the KP4 forward error correction threshold with 2 Vpp drive voltage over a distance of 2 km; 2) the transmission of a 128 Gb/s optical 4-level pulse amplitude modulated signal over 1 km of fiber; and 3) the generation of a 168 Gb/s PAM-4 signal using two electrical OOK signals. By comparing the transmission system performance measurements for the ME-MZM with measurements performed using a similar series push-pull TWMZM, we show that the ME-MZM provides a clear advantage in achieving higher baud PAM-4 generation and transmission compared to a TWMZM.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Publisher: Optical Society of America
ISSN: 1094-4087
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 13 November 2018
Date of Acceptance: 4 May 2017
Last Modified: 15 May 2019 14:10
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/116719

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