Performance evaluation of IR-UWB in short-range fiber communication using linear combination of monocycles

S.T. Abraha, C.M. Okonkwo, Hejie Yang, D. Visani, Y. Shi, H.D. Jung, E. Tangdiongga, A.M.J. Koonen

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We present the performance evaluation of impulse radio ultrawideband (IR-UWB) over fiber using a simple pulse design technique with a high fractional bandwidth. The technique, based on the linear combination of the first-order Gaussian derivatives with different pulse-shaping factors, shows full compliance with Federal Communications Commission mask requirements even in the most severely power-restricted GPS band. We validated our approach with experiments employing an intensity-modulation direct-detection scheme. The experimental setup uses a directly modulated DFB laser at 1302.56 nm and a multimode fiber-coupled photodetector with 24 µm diameter photosensitive area. The transmission link consists of 25 km single-mode fiber or 4.4 km multimode fiber. Error-free transmission at 2 Gb/s is achieved over both fiber links. The result shows the proposed pulse-generation technique to be simple and cost-effective compared to higher order Gaussian derivative schemes. This can be implemented successfully to distribute UWB signals over optical links for access and in-building networks.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1143-1151
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Lightwave Technology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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