Experimental and theoretical investigation of electro-optic and all-optical implementations of wavelength converting 2R-regenerators

David Wolfson, Benny Mikkelsen, Søren Lykke Danielsen, Henrik Nørskov Poulsen, Peter Bukhave Hansen, Kristian Stubkjær

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    Abstract

    We investigate and compare the regenerative capability of electro-optic wavelength converters based on electrically controlled external Mach-Zehnder (MZ) modulators and all-optical wavelength converters based on all-optically controlled external MZ modulators. The latter incorporates semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOAs) as optically controlled phase shifters. Experiments demonstrate a 5-6 dB noise suppression capability for both the electro-optic and the all-optical implementation of the wavelength-converting regenerators. The performance can be further improved by cascading two converters resulting in 8 dB noise suppression. This is considered a realistic approach for the compact all-optical converter. The experiments are supported by detailed modeling
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTechnical Digest Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibit
    PublisherIEEE
    Publication date1998
    Pages103-105
    ISBN (Print)1-55752-521-8
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1998
    Event1998 Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibit - San Jose, CA, United States
    Duration: 22 Feb 199827 Feb 1998
    http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/mostRecentIssue.jsp?punumber=5284

    Conference

    Conference1998 Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibit
    CountryUnited States
    CitySan Jose, CA
    Period22/02/199827/02/1998
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