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dc.contributor.advisorHui, Rongqing
dc.contributor.authorAL-QADI, Mustafa Aladdin
dc.date.accessioned2020-06-14T21:34:25Z
dc.date.available2020-06-14T21:34:25Z
dc.date.issued2019-12-31
dc.date.submitted2019
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dissertations.umi.com/ku:16907
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1808/30494
dc.description.abstractThe non-ending growth of data traffic resulting from the continuing emergence of Internet applications with high data-rate demands sets huge capacity requirements on optical interconnects and transport networks. This requires the adoption of optical communication technologies that can make the best possible use of the available bandwidths of electronic and electro-optic components to enable data transmission with high spectral efficiency (SE). Therefore, advanced modulation formats are required to be used in conjunction with energy-efficient and cost-effective transceiver schemes, especially for medium- and short-reach applications. Important challenges facing these goals are the stringent requirements on the characteristics of optical components comprising these systems, especially laser sources. Laser phase noise is one of the most important performance-limiting factors in systems with high spectral efficiency. In this research work, we study the effects of the spectral characteristics of laser phase noise on the characterization of lasers and their impact on the performance of digital coherent and self-coherent optical communication schemes. The results of this study show that the commonly-used metric to estimate the impact of laser phase noise on the performance, laser linewidth, is not reliable for all types of lasers. Instead, we propose a Lorentzian-equivalent linewidth as a general characterization parameter for laser phase noise to assess phase noise-related system performance. Practical aspects of determining the proposed parameter are also studied and its accuracy is validated by both numerical and experimental demonstrations. Furthermore, we study the phase noises in quantum-dot mode-locked lasers (QD-MLLs) and assess the feasibility of employing these devices in coherent applications at relatively low symbol rates with high SE. A novel multi-heterodyne scheme for characterizing the phase noise of laser frequency comb sources is also proposed and validated by experimental results with the QD-MLL. This proposed scheme is capable of measuring the differential phase noise between multiple spectral lines instantaneously by a single measurement. Moreover, we also propose an energy-efficient and cost-effective transmission scheme based on direct detection of field-modulated optical signals with advanced modulation formats, allowing for higher SE compared to the current pulse-amplitude modulation schemes. The proposed system combines the Kramers-Kronig self-coherent receiver technique, with the use of QD-MLLs, to transmit multi-channel optical signals using a single diode laser source without the use of the additional RF or optical components required by traditional techniques. Semi-numerical simulations based on experimentally captured waveforms from practical lasers show that the proposed system can be used even for metro scale applications. Finally, we study the properties of phase and intensity noise changes in unmodulated optical signals passing through saturated semiconductor optical amplifiers for intensity noise reduction. We report, for the first time, on the effect of phase noise enhancement that cannot be assessed or observed by traditional linewidth measurements. We demonstrate the impact of this phase noise enhancement on coherent transmission performance by both semi-numerical simulations and experimental validation.
dc.format.extent151 pages
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Kansas
dc.rightsCopyright held by the author.
dc.subjectElectrical engineering
dc.subjectCarrier Phase Noise
dc.subjectCoherent Optical Communications
dc.subjectFiber-optic Systems
dc.subjectLaser Phase Noise
dc.subjectOptical Communications
dc.subjectQuantum Dot Mode Locked Lasers
dc.titleSpectral Properties of Phase Noises and the Impact on the Performance of Optical Interconnects
dc.typeDissertation
dc.contributor.cmtememberAllen, Christopher
dc.contributor.cmtememberPerrins, Erik
dc.contributor.cmtememberFrost, Victor
dc.contributor.cmtememberHan, Jie
dc.thesis.degreeDisciplineElectrical Engineering & Computer Science
dc.thesis.degreeLevelPh.D.
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