We investigated a cost-effective method using 10-Gb/s LiNbO3 Mach-Zehnder Modulators (MZMs) for transmitting 40-Gb/s duobinary nonreturn-to-zero (NRZ) and duobinary carrier-suppressed return-to-zero (DCS-RZ) signals. The transmission performance of the signals was investigated. The optimum bandwidths of low-pass filters in transmitters using 10- and 40-Gb/s LiNbO3 MZMs were also investigated. The calculated transmission performance of the transmitter using 10-Gb/s LiNbO3 MZMs was compared to that using 40-Gb/s LiNbO3 MZMs. The effect of the bias offset in the transmitters was investigated. Compared to duobinary-NRZ and DCS-RZ signals generated by a transmitter using 40-Gb/s LiNbO3 MZMs, those generated by using 10-Gb/s LiNbO3 MZMs can be transmitted with 1-dB power penalty over 480-km transmission.
- Modulation format
- Optical communication
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics