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The dynamics of coherent clock recovery (CR) using self-pulsing two-section distributed feedback (TS-DFB) lasers have been investigated. Both simulation and experimental results indicate fast lockup and walk-off of the clock-recovery process on the order of nanoseconds. Phase stability of the recovered clock from a pseudorandom bit sequence (PRBS) signal can be achieved by limiting the detuning between the frequency of free-running self-pulsation and the input bit rate. The simulation results show that all-optical clock recovery using TS-DFB lasers can maintain a better than 5% clock phase stability for large variations in power, bit rate, and optical carrier frequency of the input data and therefore is suitable for applications in optical packet switching.
Date of Publication: April 2005