Giga-bit optical receiver for plastic optical fibre

M. Atef, R. Swoboda, H. Zimmermann

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An optical receiver with high sensitivity and linearity specially designed for Giga-bit communications over small-bandwidth high-attenuation multimode plastic optical fiber is presented. An automatic gain control transimpedance amplifier and linear post amplifiers are used to maintain a good performance with multilevel modulation. Using multilevel signaling and large-diameter integrated photodiodes make the presented optical receiver suitable for large core plastic optical fiber. For a wavelength of 675 nm, a sensitivity of -26.3 dB m (BER = 10-9) at 500 Mb/s is presented by a binary signal. A data rate of 1 Gb/s and a sensitivity of -19.8 dB m (BER = 10-9) are achieved with four-level pulse amplitude modulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391-395
Number of pages5
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Multilevel pulse amplitude modulation (M-PAM)
  • Multimode fiber (MMF)
  • Optical receiver
  • Plastic optical fiber (POF)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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