Abstract

We demonstrate a digital Optical Physical-layer Network Coding (OPNC) for mm-wave fiber-wireless signals modulated with up to 2.5 Gb/s On/OFF Keyed (OOK) data. The proposed OPNC concept uses an all-optical XOR gate comprising a Semiconductor Optical Amplifier-Mach Zehnder Interferometer (SOA-MZI) with SOAs being driven at low moderate electrical currents in order to perform the all-optical encoding between the OOK envelopes of the data, ignoring the high-frequency Sub-Carrier (SC) signal. In this scheme, network coding is performed on-the-fly at the central office and the resultant packet is broadcasted at the client nodes, where the decoding takes place. We demonstrate experimental results of OPNC using OOK data signals modulated on a 10 GHz SC with the aid of a second all-optical XOR gate for the decoding process at the client's site, reporting error-free performance for both synchronous/asynchronous data packets. The scenario of all optical encoding for 60 GHz SC frequencies followed by electrical decoding at the end-users is evaluated via PHY-layer simulations. Going a step further and considering the network level, we present a performance improvement on the network throughput by using the proposed network coding.

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