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Minimizing the power penalty of a 100-Gb/s NOLM demultiplexer employing an optical soliton control pulse
Author(s): Chin Ying Cheung; Zabih F. Ghassemlooy; Graham Swift
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Paper Abstract

A bit error rate (BER) analysis for the Non-linear Optical Loop Mirror (NOLM) demultiplexer is presented using a combined optical receiver and NOLM model. The control pulse used in the NOLM model is assumed to be of soliton shape in order to obtain a flat-top switching window to reduce the effect of timing jitter between the control and signal pulses. The NOLM model is incorporated into an optical receiver model for a bit error rate (BER) analysis. It is found that noise due to timing jitter, cross-talk and BER are strongly dependent on the walk-off time between the control and signal pulses in the NOLM demultiplexer. Results show that the power penalty of a NOLM demultiplexer using a soliton control pulse can be minimized with an optimum value of walk-off time. In addition the cross-talk of the Terahertz Optical Asymmetric Demultiplexer (TOAD) has been investigated using a TOAD model. Simulation results show that the cross-talk of a TOAD increases as the asymmetry time is increased. A comparison of the two devices for 100 Gb/s demultiplexing shows that the cross-talk of a TOAD (with an optical amplifier recovery time of 300 ps) is at least 3 dB lower than that of NOLM for maximum demultiplexed output.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 November 1999
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3847, Optical Devices for Fiber Communication, (26 November 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.371251
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Chin Ying Cheung, Sheffield Hallam Univ. (United Kingdom)
Zabih F. Ghassemlooy, Sheffield Hallam Univ. (United Kingdom)
Graham Swift, Sheffield Hallam Univ. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3847:
Optical Devices for Fiber Communication
Michel J. F. Digonnet, Editor(s)

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