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Bit-error-rate measurements in a WDM network

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3 Author(s)
Pope, F. ; GTE Gov. Syst. Corp., Needham Heights, MA, USA ; Wellington, K. ; Keiser, G.

The introduction of new services (such as multimedia communications, video conferencing, distance learning) is creating a rapid increase in telecommunication traffic. This is leading to the need for higher-capacity transmission networks, with information transport over the network links at rates of tens and hundreds of gigabits per second. Due to processing-speed limitations of electronic cross-connects, optical cross-connects based on wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) is the current technology of choice for realizing a high-capacity backbone to be superimposed on top of the existing electrical transport layer. In a WDM network, the use of multiple optical frequencies has the effect that signals at different wavelengths act as interferers to a specific optical wavelength being received. We describe a three-node WDM ring network and characterize the bit-error rate at a specific wavelength as a function of optical power from “interfering” wavelengths in a typical receiver that would be used in a WDM system

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Military Communications Conference, 1995. MILCOM '95, Conference Record, IEEE  (Volume:3 )

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8 Nov 1995