19 February 2014 Combined CATV and very-high-speed data transmission over a 1550-nm wavelength indoor optical wireless link
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We report details of an experimental demonstration involving a 15 meter pointed indoor optical wireless link in the 1550-nm wavelength range, that is comprised of a uni-directional Cable Television (CATV) signal and a bi-directional link comprised of two 10 Gbps data links. Four port wavelength division mux-demuxes have been used on both ends of the link. The CATV transmission system is connected to port 1 of the mux-demux. CATV signal consists of both analog and digital parts, and its bandwidth is 1 GHz. The laser is directly modulated by the CATV signal, and at the receiver end, the optical signal is demodulated and fed to a TV. Port 2 of the mux-demux is left unused. Ports 3 and 4 are used for the 10 Gbps links. A bit error rate tester has been used to generate the 10 Gbps signals that are converted to optical wavelengths by enhanced Small Form Factor Pluggable (SFP+) modules at both ends of the setup. Collimators are used at both ends to transmit the combined optical signal that is the output of the mux and to receive the optical signal by focusing it onto a single-mode fiber as the input of the demux. We present results on the CATV portion of the setup and the bit-error-rate performance of the two 10 Gbps links. This experiment shows the feasibility of using pointed optical links in datacenters as secondary links to alleviate the loads of highly utilized wired connections and improve the overall throughput performance of datacenters.
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M. I. Sakib Chowdhury, M. I. Sakib Chowdhury, Mohsen Kavehrad, Mohsen Kavehrad, Weizhi Zhang, Weizhi Zhang, Peng Deng, Peng Deng, "Combined CATV and very-high-speed data transmission over a 1550-nm wavelength indoor optical wireless link", Proc. SPIE 9010, Next-Generation Optical Networks for Data Centers and Short-Reach Links, 901009 (19 February 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2039031; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2039031

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