Advanced techniques for the improvement of optical transmission systems

  • Neil Murray

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    This thesis presents the experimental investigation into two novel techniques which can be incorporated into current optical systems. These techniques have the capability to improve the performance of transmission and the recovery of the transmitted signal at the receiver. The experimental objectives are described and the results for each technique are presented in two sections:
    The first experimental section is on work related to Ultra-long Raman Fibre lasers (ULRFLs). The fibre lasers have become an important research topic in recent years due to the significant improvement they give over lumped Raman amplification and their potential use in the development of system with large bandwidths and very low losses. The experiments involved the use of ASK and DPSK modulation types over a distance of 240km and DPSK over a distance of 320km. These results are compared to the current state of-the-art and against other types of ultra-long transmission amplification techniques.
    The second technique investigated involves asymmetrical, or offset, filtering. This technique is important because it deals with the strong filtering regimes that are a part of optical systems and networks in modern high-speed communications. It allows the improvement of the received signal by offsetting the central frequency of a filter after the output of a Delay Line Interferometer (DLI), which induces significant improvement in BER and/or Qvalues at the receiver and therefore an increase in signal quality.
    The experimental results are then concluded against the objectives of the experimental work and potential future work discussed.
    Date of Award13 May 2014
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorPaul Harper (Supervisor)


    • asymmetric filtering
    • nonlinear optics
    • raman amplification
    • offset filtering
    • ultra-long Raman fibre laser

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