Polarization-, carrier-, and format-selectable optical flow generation based on a multi-flow transmitter using passive polymers

V. Katopodis, M. Spyropoulou, C. Tsokos, P. Groumas, D. Felipe, N. Keil, A. Beretta, A. Vannucci, Tom Keinicke Johansen, M. Quagliotti, A. Pagano, J. Y. Dupuy, A. Konczykowska, C. Delezoide, H. Mardoyan, Ch Kouloumentas, Hercules Avramopoulos

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In this paper we present a multi-flow transmitter developed within the EU project PANTHER and we evaluate its first proof-of-concept demonstration of up to two single- or dual-polarization optical flows with selectable wavelength, m-QAM modulation format, number of carriers and destination. Multiflow operation is realized by two polymer boards allowing optical carrier management and optional polarization multiplexing on chip. Optical carrier generation is performed also on chip using three tunable InP gain chips hybridly integrated on the input polyboard. Single and dual optical flow generation is feasible with appropriate distribution of the client data in the digital domain and encapsulation into OTN containers. Configuration of the electrical and optical transmitter resources is performed via a developed software defined optics (SDO) platform residing on top of the transmitter and acting as the interface between any software defined switch and the physical layer transport equipment. The transmitter has been evaluated within a flexible network node comprising programmable flexible wavelength selective switches (WSSs). Two single-flow scenarios based on a dual-polarization m-QAM signal and a two-carrier m-QAM optical flow and dual-flow scenarios based on two independent m-QAM signals have been evaluated at 28 Gbaud after transmission over 100 km standard single mode fiber (SSMF).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ICTON 2016
Number of pages4
Publication date2016
Article number7550583
ISBN (Print)978-1-5090-1467-5
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event18th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks - Trento, Italy
Duration: 10 Jul 201614 Jul 2016


Conference18th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks


  • quadrature amplitude modulation
  • III-V semiconductors
  • indium compounds
  • integrated optoelectronics
  • optical fibre networks
  • optical fibre polarisation
  • optical polymers
  • optical switches
  • optical transmitters
  • InP
  • SSMF
  • standard single mode fiber
  • wavelength selective switches
  • physical layer transport equipment
  • software defined switch
  • software defined optics
  • optical transmitter
  • electrical transmitter
  • optical carrier generation
  • optional polarization multiplexing on chip
  • optical carrier management
  • m-QAM modulation
  • EU project PANTHER
  • passive polymers
  • multi-flow transmitter
  • optical flow generation
  • distance 100 km
  • Optical transmitters
  • Optical polarization
  • Image motion analysis
  • Computer vision
  • Integrated optics
  • Optical modulation
  • Optical network units
  • optical transport network
  • polymers
  • photonic integration
  • elastic optical networks
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Data encapsulation
  • Network layers
  • Optical communication
  • Optical flows
  • Polarization
  • Polymers
  • Quadrature amplitude modulation
  • Signal systems
  • Single mode fibers
  • Transmitters
  • Elastic optical networks
  • Multi flows
  • Optical transport networks
  • Photonic integrations
  • Polarization multiplexing
  • Selectable wavelengths
  • Standard single mode fibers
  • Wavelength-selective switches
  • Transparent optical networks
  • Optical fibre networks
  • Fibre optics
  • Optical materials
  • Integrated optoelectronics
  • Multiplexing and switching in optical communication
  • Optical switches
  • Modulation and coding methods
  • Optical communication equipment

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