Abstract

The effect of thermal noise and Avalanche-photodiode (APD) noise on the performance of optical overlapping pulse-position modulation/code-division multiple-access (OPPM-CDMA) systems with and without double optical hardlimiters is examined. Comparisons with the corresponding optical on-off keying/CDMA (OOK-CDMA) systems are presented as well. The maximum data rate that can be achieved under laser pulsewidth and bit error rate constraints is determined. It is shown that about 10 dB increase in the average power, with respect to the Poisson shot-noise-limited system, is required to compensate for the performance degradation due to thermal noise and APD noise. Moreover, it is indicated that for a bit error rate not exceeding 10-9,a laser pulsewidth of 0.03 ns, and an average received optical power of -55 dBm, a data rate of more than 3 Gb/s can be achieved per channel when using OPPM-CDMA systems with double optical hardlimiters.

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