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We report on comb generation at 1.55 mum using a mode-locked quantum-dash-based laser. A flat optical spectrum with a ~10-nm width consisting of eight 100-GHz-spaced channels is demonstrated. Separate error-free transmission of each channel is achieved at 10 Gb/s over 50-km-long single-mode fiber. Compared to an ideal external cavity continuous-wave laser, a penalty of only 1.5 dB is measured for each filtered channel. This is attributed to the higher relative intensity noise level of a filtered mode.
Date of Publication: Dec.1, 2009