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We have proposed and experimentally demonstrated a novel scheme to realize polarization-insensitive all-optical upconversion for single-channel or wavelength-division multiplexing signals. This scheme is based on the copolarized-pump four-wave mixing effect in nonlinear media. The copolarized pump is generated by using optical carrier suppression in an external intensity modulator; therefore, the two pumps are always parallel and phase locked. This scheme has some unique advantages for the integration between optical transport networks and radio-over-fiber systems, such as a polarization-insensitive, low-frequency bandwidth requirement for optical and electrical components, and high wavelength stability.
Date of Publication: July15, 2009