Optical Frequency Division Multiplexing Systems--Review of Key Technologies and Applications--

Hiromu TOBA  Kiyoshi NOSU  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E75-B   No.4   pp.243-255
Publication Date: 1992/04/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: INVITED PAPER (Special Issue on Advanced Optical Communication Technologies for New Applications)
optical frequency division multiplexing (OFDM),  frequency stabilization,  optical amplifier,  tunable filter,  add/drop mux,  

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This paper examines the key technologies and applications of optical frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) systems. It is clarified that a 100-channel OFDM system is feasible as a result of multichannel frequency stabilization, common optical amplification and channel selection utilizing a tunable optical filter. Transmission limitation due to fiber four-wave mixing is also described. Major functions and applications of the OFDM are summarized and the applicability of OFDM add/drop multiplexing is examined.