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BER versus Data Rate Performance of SCM Transmission over Multimode Fibers at Low-Frequency Passbands with Linear Block Codes

Jaruwat Patmanee 1 and Surachet Kanprachar 2*
1. Faculty of Logistics and Digital Supply Chain, Naresuan University, Phitsanulok, Thailand
2. Faculty of Engineering, Naresuan University, Phitsanulok, Thailand

Manuscript received July 22, 2022; revised December 14, 2022;accepted December 29, 2022.

Abstract—The use of Multimode fibers (MMFs) in the low-frequency region has been studied. It is found that many available low-frequency passbands can be used as channels. However, these passbands are frequency-selective channels, which can negatively affect to the transmitted signal. To lessen this effect, Linear Block Code (LBC) along with a careful selection of passbands is applied. In this work, the performance in terms of BER and data rate for an MMF communication system using a 1-km length MMF at low-frequency passbands with different schemes of LBC is studied. This study uses subcarrier multiplexing (SCM) with a 3-dB modal bandwidth and other low-frequency passbands as channels. The results show that by using (31, 26) LBC and Type-I bit allocation, a data rate of 494 Mbps can be obtained with a BER lower than 10-9. Moreover, a BER lower than 10-14 can be achieved with a data rate of 399 Mbps, which is two-fold higher than the data rate obtained using only the 3-dB modal bandwidth. Additionally, the BER versus data rate for different cases in terms of applying LBC to the system are found and can be practically used as a guideline in selecting a BER and data rate that are suitable for the minimum requirement of a given communication system.
Index Terms—Bit error rate, data rate, linear block code, multimode fibers, passbands, subcarrier multiplexing

Cite: Jaruwat Patmanee and Surachet Kanprachar, "BER versus Data Rate Performance of SCM Transmission over Multimode Fibers at Low-Frequency Passbands with Linear Block Codes," Journal of Communications vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 15-28, January 2023. Doi: 10.12720/jcm.18.1.15-28

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