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We demonstrate wavelength-division-multiplexed transmission of 16 10-Gb/s nonreturn-to-zero channels with 50-GHz spacing over 840 km of conventional single-mode fiber (SMF), or 14 times the 10-Gb/s dispersion limit, using a total of eleven chirped fiber gratings for dispersion compensation. Each grating has a nominal dispersion of -1330 ps/nm km for compensating 80 km of SMF and a bandwidth of 6.5 nm, and one grating has additional dispersion slope compensation of -35 ps/nm/sup 2/ equivalent to 480 km of SMF. The large number of closely spaced wavelengths and long transmission distance significantly stress the wavelength uniformity, bandwidth, and cascadability of the fiber gratings.
Date of Publication: April 1999