Document Type


Date of Award

Fall 1-31-1996

Degree Name

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - (M.S.)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Edip Niver

Second Advisor

Ali N. Akansu

Third Advisor

Zoran Siveski

Fourth Advisor

Aly Elrefaie


Clipping induced distortion is an essential limit for modulation depth and number of channels in subcarrier multiplexed lightwave video transmission systems. Two different types of laser clipping are compared (single-clipping vs. double-clipping). In this work, the distortion limits imposed by clipping effects, in both directly (single-clipping) and externally (double-clipping) modulated systems, are examined. Numerical simulations were performed to test the efficiency of Saleh's Model. A comparison of results with clipping induced distortion in directly modulated lightwave systems (single-clipping) and clipping induced distortion in externally modulated lightwave systems (double-clipping) is presented, it is shown through numerical simulation that the total non-linear distortion (NLD) summed over the complete frequency band is 3 dB higher for two levels symmetrical clipping (external modulators) than for one level clipping (direct-modulators).



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