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Bit-error-rate analysis of a 16-user Gigabit Ethernet optical-CDMA (O-CDMA) technology demonstrator using wavelength/time codes

  • Author(s): Hernandez, Vincent J
  • Mendez, Antonio J
  • Bennett, Corey V
  • Gagliardi, Robert M
  • Lennon, William J
  • et al.

This letter describes a technology demonstrator for an incoherent optical code-division multiple-access scheme based on wavelength/time codes. The system supports 16 users operating at 1.25 Gsymbols/s/user while maintaining bit-error rate (BER) < 10(-11) for the correctly decoded signal. Experiments support previous simulations which show that coherent beat noise, occurring between the signal and multiple access interference, ultimately limits system performance.

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