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A 160-Gb/s OTDM Demultiplexer Based on Parametric Wavelength Exchange

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4 Author(s)
Mengzhe Shen ; Dept. of Electr. & Electron. Eng., Univ. of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China ; Xing Xu ; Yuk, T.I. ; Wong, Kenneth Kin-Yip

Parametric wavelength exchange (PWE) has been demonstrated as a versatile device in providing different functionalities. In this paper, we will concentrate, numerically and experimentally, on one of these functionalities, namely, all-optical time demultiplexing of 160-Gb/s return-to-zero (RZ) signals based on a pulsed-pump PWE in a 400 m highly nonlinear dispersion-shifted fiber. Experimental results show power penalties les 2.7 dB at bit-error rate of 10-9 for all demultiplexed 10-Gb/s RZ signals. We also derive theoretical expressions for the conversion/residual efficiencies and investigate the impact of pump pulse width and phase mismatch on these efficiencies. Furthermore, the impacts of pulsed-pump wavelength and power level on the characteristics of the switching window are investigated numerically. As a result, the demultiplexer can be easily upgraded to an add-drop multiplexer because of the complete exchange nature of PWE, which is justified by the surviving channels' waveform performance.

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Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:45 ,  Issue: 11 )

Date of Publication:

Nov. 2009

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