Incoherent ultrafast OCDMA receiver design with 2 ps all-optical time gate to suppress multiple-access interference

I. Glesk, P.R. Prucnal, I. Andonovic

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We have investigated both theoretically and experimentally the elimination of multiple-access interference (MAI) in an incoherent optical code-division multiple access (OCDMA) system by using a novel incoherent dual code OCDMA receiver incorporating an ultrafast all-optical time gate (AOTG). A theoretical analysis was performed based on (3,11) frequency-hopping time-spreading OCDMA codes with a chip size of 73 ps. To experimentally demonstrate the elimination of MAI, the novel receiver comprising an ultrafast 2 ps-AOTG was developed and tested in a representative OCDMA network testbed. Experimental measurements confirmed by simulations show error-free [bit error rate (BER) < 10 -12] operation for up to four users. Simulations also predict that receivers equipped with 2 ps-AOTG will more than triple the number of simultaneous users without degrading BER. 

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)861-867
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008


  • multiple-access interference
  • MAI
  • optical code-division multiple access
  • all-optical time gate
  • AOTG
  • optical nonlinearity
  • optical receiver

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