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NRZ format all-optical clock extraction at 3.2 Gbit/s using two-contact semiconductor devices

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1 Author(s)
P. E. Barnsley ; BT Labs., Ipswich, UK

Bit-error-ratio (BER) measurements have been demonstrated with all-optical clock recovery from a 3.2 Gbit/s NRZ sequence using two-contact semiconductor devices. A nonlinear optical amplifier generated the missing clock component in the NRZ modulation spectrum which then locked the output of a selfpulsating laser. BER measurements showed that the resulting clock signal was extremely pure and stable giving a 0.2 dB improvement in receiver sensitivity when compared to measurements using a clock from the transmitter. This type of optical clock recovery technique could have a major impact on future gigabit per second telecommunication systems.

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Electronics Letters  (Volume:28 ,  Issue: 13 )