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Online chromatic dispersion monitoring and compensation using a single inband subcarrier tone

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5 Author(s)
Petersen, M.N. ; Res. Center COM, Tech. Univ. of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark ; Pan, Z. ; Lee, S. ; Havstad, S.A.
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In this letter, we demonstrate a simple technique for dispersion monitoring by adding a single inband subcarrier tone to the transmitted data signal. A measurable dispersion of up to 1200 ps/nm is demonstrated in a 10-Gb/s channel using a 7-9 GHz subcarrier and the addition of the subcarrier induced a power penalty of <0.5 dB. Dynamic ranges exceeding 20 dB and resolution sensitivities better than 10 (ps/nm)/dB are shown. With an 8-GHz tone and a 15% modulation depth for 10-Gb/s signals, we show a measurement range of 975 ps/nm with a 22-dB dynamic range. We used the monitor output signal to achieve accurate tunable dispersion compensation.

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Photonics Technology Letters, IEEE  (Volume:14 ,  Issue: 4 )