Performance Analysis of SPAD-based OFDM
Published 2019-05-15Version 1
In this paper, an analytical approach for the nonlinear distorted bit error rate performance of optical orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (O-OFDM) with single photon avalanche diode (SPAD) receivers is presented. Major distortion effects of passive quenching (PQ) and active quenching (AQ) SPAD receivers are analysed in this study. The performance analysis of DC-biased O-OFDM and asymmetrically clipped O-OFDM with PQ and AQ SPAD are derived. The comparison results show the maximum optical irradiance caused by the nonlinear distortion, which limits the transmission power and bit rate. The theoretical maximum bit rate of SPAD-based OFDM is found which is up to 1~Gbits/s. This approach supplies a closed-form analytical solution for designing an optimal SPAD-based system.