Performance Assessment of Dual-Polarized 5G Waveforms and Beyond in Directly Modulated DFB-Laser using Volterra Equalizer

Oussama Gharbi, Sofien Mhatli, Iyad Dayoubb, Shyqyri Haxha, Rabah Attia, Adel Aldalbahi, Adrian Jaesim

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We investigate the performance of 25-Gbps dual-polarized orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM)-based modulation in a directly modulated distributed feedback (DFB)-laser over 25 km of single-mode fiber. A Volterra equalizer is used to compensate for the nonlinear effects of the optical fiber. The results show that FBMC-OQAM modulation outperforms OFDM, universal filtered multicarrier (UFMC), and generalized frequency division multiplexing (GFDM) waveforms. Indeed, a target bit error rate of ∼3.8  ×  10  −  3 [forward error correction (FEC) limit] for FBMC, UFMC, OFDM, and GFDM can be achieved at −30.5, −26, −16, and −14.9  dBm, respectively. The effect of the DFB laser is also investigated for UFMC, OFDM, and GFDM, and they undergo a Q penalty of 2.44, 2.77, and 4.14 dB, respectively, at their FEC limit points. For FBMC-OQAM, the signal is perfectly recovered when excluding the DFB laser at −30.5  dBm.
Original languageEnglish
Article number056114
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalOptical Engineering
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 29 May 2020


  • 5G networks and Beyond
  • Orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM Modulation
  • 5G waveforms
  • Volterra equalizer

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