Photonics for Emerging Applications in Communication and Sensing II

A special issue of Photonics (ISSN 2304-6732). This special issue belongs to the section "Optical Communication and Network".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2024 | Viewed by 250

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Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering, Kyushu University, Fukuoka 816-8580, Japan
Interests: advanced optical modulation formats; electro-optic modulators; photonic signal processing
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School of Precision Instruments and Optoelectronics Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072, China
Interests: silicon photonics; nanophotonics
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1. Henan Key Laboratory of Diamond Optoelectronic Materials and Devices, School of Physics and Microelectronics, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450052, China
2. Institute of Quantum Materials and Physics, Henan Academy of Sciences, Zhengzhou 450046, China
Interests: silicon photonics; vibrational spectroscopy; ultrafast imaging

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Photonics play a vital role as a key enabler in emerging and promising applications in communication and sensing. These applications encompass datacenters, automotive driving, 5G wireless networks, cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), and virtual reality. This Special Issue aims to focus on the recent advancements and future challenges in photonic technologies that enable and support these emerging applications. It covers topics such as optical fibers, photonic devices and systems, and signal processing techniques.

This Special Issue constitutes the second volume of our previous Special Issue, titled "Photonics for Emerging Applications in Communication and Sensing". We invite papers on a wide range of topics, which include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Silicon passive and active devices for data communication, 5G, sensing, or imaging.
  • Optical fiber subsystems for communication, detection, and sensing.
  • Photonic signal processing leveraging nonlinear optics for optical networks.
  • Digital signal processing techniques for optical transmission systems.
  • Photonic integrated circuits for communication, sensing, and computing.
  • Integrated communication and sensing systems.
  • Optical biochemical sensing systems.
  • Cutting-edge developments in optical network technology.
  • Machine learning in optical systems and networks.

Dr. Guo-Wei Lu
Prof. Dr. Zhenzhou Cheng
Prof. Dr. Ting-Hui Xiao
Guest Editors

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  • silicon photonics
  • optical fiber subsystems
  • photonic integrated circuits
  • optical network technology

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Efficient Direct Detection of twin-SSB-QPSK Using a Single Detector with Hierarchical Blind Phase Search
Authors: Hong-Bo Zhang; Jiao Liu; Guo-Wei Lu; Min Zhang; Feng Wan; Ju Cai; Weiwei Ling; Li-ming Hu
Affiliation: Kyushu University
Abstract: We propose a novel reception scheme for twin-single-sideband (twin-SSB) signals just using a single photodetector (PD), significantly reducing system complexity and cost. To detect a twin-SSB with power-unbalanced quadrature phase shift keying (QPSK) sidebands, upon detection via a single PD at the receiver side, two QPSKs carried in two sidebands are coherently superposed and detected in a 16-ary Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (16-QAM) format. This technique notably diminishes the linearity and effective number of bits (ENOB) requirements for the transmitter components in high-speed optical transmission systems. Moreover, a hierarchical blind phase search (HBPS) algorithm is proposed to compensate for the imperfect phase rotation of QPSK signals during transmission. To demonstrate the effectiveness of our proposed method, we successfully conducted simulations of 112Gb/s 16-QAM signal transmission over a 10km standard single-mode fiber (SSMF), achieving bit error rates (BERs) of 7.84×10−4, well below the 7% hard-decision forward error correction (HD-FEC) threshold of 3.8×10−3.

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