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Cascaded all-optical wavelength conversion for RZ-DPSK signal based on four-wave mixing in semiconductor optical amplifier

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5 Author(s)
Zhihong Li ; Inst. for Inforcom Res., Singapore, Singapore ; Yi Dong ; Jinyu Mo ; Yixin Wang
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We have demonstrated ten-stage cascaded wavelength conversion together with 800-km transmission for 10-Gb/s return-to-zero differential phase-shift keying (RZ-DPSK) format using four-wave mixing (FWM) in semiconductor optical amplifiers. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first experiment reported on cascade wavelength conversion for RZ-DPSK format, which cannot be realized by methods based on cross-gain modulation and cross-phase modulation using a semiconductor optical amplifier. Compared with wavelength conversion using FWM for conventional on-off keying format, the signal-to-pump ratio for RZ-DPSK format can be increased to higher level to achieve better performance.

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Photonics Technology Letters, IEEE  (Volume:16 ,  Issue: 7 )