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In this article, the peak to average power ratio (PAPR) performance of 8 quadrature amplitude modulation-orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (8QAM-OFDM) optical signals has been researched in broadband optical access system. The complementary cumulative distribution functions (CCDFs) are analyzed of two different 8QAM-OFDMsignals with 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512 sub- carriers by simulation. The simulation results show that, with the increase of the number of subcarrier, the PAPR value becomes higher. When the numbers of subcarrier are16 and 512, the PAPR of 8QAM-OFDM optical signals are smaller than 5.2 dB and 5.3 dB respectively. Hence, the number of sub-carriers should be chosen according to practical application.

With the rapid development of optical OFDM access technology, it has become one promising modulation technique [

OFDM is one of Multi Carrier Modulation (MCM) technology. Its principle is that the channel is divided into a number of orthogonal sub-channel, high-speed data signal is converted into low-speed parallel sub-data streams, modulated for transmission to each sub-channel. 8QAM-OFDM based system is built.

transmitter end, the data is modulated by 8qam modulation. Then it is converted from serial to parallel with serial to parallel converter. Each sub-carrier is converted from the frequency domain to the time domain by inverse fast Fourier transform (IFFT). Cyclic prefix (CP) is added to each sub-carrier. After parallel to serial conversion, the data is transported in channel. In based signal receiving end, firstly symbol is converted from serial to parallel and remove CP. Each sub-carrier is converted from the time domain to the frequency domain by fast Fourier transform (FFT). After parallel to serial conversion, the data is got by 8 qam demodulation [

8QAM-OFDM baseband signal is filtered out by using a low pass filter (LPF). Another, two types of 8QAM- OFDM baseband signal is used.

PAPR is the ratio between the amplitude peak value and the average value. After pulse shaping, the PAPR of the transmission signal is calculated by the following formula:

In Equation (1), x(t) is the transmission signal after pulse forming, T is the symbol period of the transmission signal. Complementary Cumulative Distribution Function (CCDF) is the statistical probability of the PAPR exceeds a certain threshold value PAPR0. Equation (2) is CCDF [

We analyzed the CCDF of two types 8QAM-OFDM optical access signal before and after 8QAM-OFDM signals transmitted over 10 m single mode fiber. Another, sub-carriers are 16, 32, 64, 128, 256 and 512.

As we know, the system PAPR will be impacted by a different number of sub-carriers in optical OFDM access systems. In this article, 8QAM-OFDM optical access system has been set up by simulation, including 8QAM- OFDM optical signals generation, transmission and reception. The CCDF of two types of 8QAM-OFDM signals with 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512 sub-carriers are measured and analyzed. The results show that, as the number of sub-carriers increases, the value of PAPR rises. If the number of sub carriers is 16, the PAPR value of two types of 8QAM-OFDM optical signals will be smaller than 5.2 dB at CCDF = 10^{−2}. When the number of sub-carriers is 512, the PAPR value of two types of 8QAM-OFDM optical signals are less than 5.3 dB at CCDF = 10^{−2}. Hence, choosing the optimal number of sub-carriers is essential for optical OFDM access systems application in reality.

This work is partially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 61107064), Innovation Program of Shanghai Municipal Education Commission (No. 15ZZ101), Leading Academic Discipline Pro- ject of Information and Communication Engineering (No. XXKZD1605), School Foundation (No. EGD14XQD01) of Shanghai Polytechnic University, College Students’ Science and Technology Innovation Project of Shanghai Polytechnic University (No. 2016-xjkj-063), and College Student Innovation Activity Plan in Shanghai (No. 2013-sj-cxjh-028).

Wenzhe Ma,Yufeng Shao,Zhifeng Wang,Changxiang Li,Yue Zhou,Junyi Zhou, (2016) PAPR Influence Analysis in 8QAM-OFDM Optical Access Systems. Optics and Photonics Journal,06,127-130. doi: 10.4236/opj.2016.68B021