Photonics-based transceivers for fiber-wireless networks

Paolo Ghelfi, Francesco Laghezza, Filippo Scotti, Giovanni Serafino, Claudio Porzi, Antonella Bogoni

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The increase of data traffic in wireless networks is requiring the bandwidth of photonics for the antenna data relay. While the distribution of RF signals through Radio-over-Fiber has become a well-accepted and established technology thanks to the low loss of fibers in signal transportation, photonics still has lot to offer to the radio world. RF signal generation, detection, and conditioning (e.g., filtering, delaying, phase shifting) can be realized through photonic techniques, taking advantage of the broad bandwidth and flexibility of photonic devices, and allowing the realization of entire photonics-based radio transceivers, also including beamforming capabilities. This paper overviews the main functionalities offered by photonics in the radio scenario, highlighting their advantages and the related techniques. Then, it focuses on some examples of photonics-based radio transceiver demonstrators, reporting on their performance and discussing on their possible on-field implementation.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publication2016 18th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks (ICTON) : Trento, Italy, july 10-14, 2016
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5090-1467-5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event18th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks (ICTON 2016) - University of Trento, Trento, Italy
Duration: 10 Jul 201614 Jul 2016
Conference number: 18


Conference18th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks (ICTON 2016)
Abbreviated titleICTOM2016
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