Abstract

This study investigates coherent detection that is free from the Doppler frequency shift effect for orthogonal frequency division multiplexing radio-over-fiber (OFDM-RoF) links using period-one (P1) nonlinear dynamics of semiconductor lasers. Even under a dynamically time-varying Doppler frequency shift of up to 100 kHz, corresponding to a relative motion between a transmitter and a receiver with a velocity of more than 3850 km/h at 28 GHz, the microwave carrier of a received OFDM-RoF signal can be successfully regenerated instantaneously and uninterruptedly with its phase highly preserved through the P1 dynamics. No carrier frequency offset (CFO) due to the Doppler frequency shift effect happens if the regenerated microwave carrier is used as a microwave local oscillator for coherent detection of the received OFDM-RoF signal. As a result, a bit-error ratio of around 109 is achieved for coherent detection of a 28 GHz OFDM-RoF signal carrying 4 Gb/s 16-quadrature amplitude modulation data. Thus, no digital signal processing, either photonic or electronic, is required to compensate for such a CFO. This all-optical system is capable of operation up to at least 100 GHz.

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