This letter proposes a W-band hybrid photonic wireless link based on a commercial small form-factor pluggable (SFP+) module and experimentally demonstrates its performance. Using a free running laser as local oscillator and heterodyne photonic upconversion, good frequency stability is achieved. Outdoor wireless transmission over 225 m with a bit error rate below 10-6 is demonstrated, and the maximum reach of the system with typical RF components is calculated, finding wireless distances above 2 km to be feasible. Being based on a commercial SFP+, the proposed hybrid photonic wireless link offers seamless integration with existing distribution networks and passive optical networks, and thus paves the way for future mobile frontand backhaul architectures.
- millimeter-wave communications
- W-band wireless
- microwave photonics
- small form factor pluggables
Rommel, S., Rodriguez, S., Chorchos, L., Grakhova, E. P., Sultanov, A. K., Turkiewicz, J. P., Vegas Olmos, J. J., & Tafur Monroy, I. (2016). Outdoor W-band hybrid photonic wireless link based on an optical SFP+ module. IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, 28(21), 2303-2306. https://doi.org/10.1109/LPT.2016.2592326