Abstract

We propose and demonstrate a novel bandwidth measurement method for multimode fibers through measuring the bit error rate and power penalty associated with the testing system. The relationship between system performance and bandwidth limitation is established through the use of well characterized electric filters. With the calibration information, bandwidths of actual fibers were measured. The results were compared with those from other methods. The benefit of the BER based bandwidth measurement method is discussed.

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2009 (1)

A. Gholami, D. Molin, and P. Sillard, “Compensation of chromatic dispersion by modal dispersion in MMF- and VCSEL- based gigabit ethernet transmissions,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 21(10), 645–647 (2009).
[Crossref]

2007 (1)

2003 (1)

1986 (1)

Gallawa, R. L.

George, J.

Gholami, A.

A. Gholami, D. Molin, and P. Sillard, “Compensation of chromatic dispersion by modal dispersion in MMF- and VCSEL- based gigabit ethernet transmissions,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 21(10), 645–647 (2009).
[Crossref]

Gwinn, J.

Hackert, M. J.

Kobyakov, A.

Molin, D.

A. Gholami, D. Molin, and P. Sillard, “Compensation of chromatic dispersion by modal dispersion in MMF- and VCSEL- based gigabit ethernet transmissions,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 21(10), 645–647 (2009).
[Crossref]

Pepeljugoski, P.

Sauer, M.

Schlager, J. B.

Sillard, P.

A. Gholami, D. Molin, and P. Sillard, “Compensation of chromatic dispersion by modal dispersion in MMF- and VCSEL- based gigabit ethernet transmissions,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 21(10), 645–647 (2009).
[Crossref]

Yang, S.

Appl. Opt. (1)

IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. (1)

A. Gholami, D. Molin, and P. Sillard, “Compensation of chromatic dispersion by modal dispersion in MMF- and VCSEL- based gigabit ethernet transmissions,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 21(10), 645–647 (2009).
[Crossref]

J. Lightwave Technol. (2)

Other (1)

S. Bottacchi, Multi-Gigabit Transmission Over Multimode Optical Fibre: Theory and Design Methods for 10 GbE Systems (Wiley, 2006).

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Figures (6)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

shows the schematic layout of the experimental setup that we used to obtain the calibration information.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

BER versus received power curves for different filter frequencies.

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Fig. 3

The Power penalty as a function of the filter cutoff frequency at 10−9 BER level.

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Fig. 4

Experimental Setup used for actual fiber bandwidth testing.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Absolute bandwidth over several shortened fiber lengths.

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Fig. 6

The frequency response of Fiber #2.

Tables (1)

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Table 1 The bandwidth measurement results from three cabled fibers.

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