Performance of a SOA-MZI wavelength converter for label swapping using combined FSK/IM modulation format

Idelfonso Tafur Monroy, E. J. M. Verdurmen, S. Sulur, A. M. J. Koonen, H. de Waardt, G. D. Khoe, Nan Chi, Pablo Villanueva Holm-Nielsen, Jianfeng Zhang, Christophe Peucheret

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Abstract

This paper presents a theoretical and experimental assessment of the performance of a wavelength converter based on semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOA) in a MZI configuration for optical label swapping. The optical labeling of the signal is based on an FSK/IM combined modulation format for the header/payload, respectively. Experimental results are presented for a signaling scheme with payload data at 10 Gbit/s and an FSK label at 312 Mbit/s. Simulation results and measurements of the chirp properties of converted signals operating at data rates of 2.5 and 10 Gbit/s are presented. Conclusions and design guidelines are presented regarding the implications of the wavelength converter performance on the quality of the label and payload signals for fast packet/burst forwarding in optically labeled switched networks. (C) 2063 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOptical Fiber Technology
Volume10
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)31-49
Number of pages19
ISSN1068-5200
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Keywords

  • optical networks
  • frequency chirp
  • label swapping
  • wavelength converter
  • packet switching
  • burst switching
  • WDM
  • IP-over-WDM

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