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Performance issues associated with WDM optical systems using self-seeded gain-switched pulse sources
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Paper Abstract

It is obvious that the development of a wavelength tunable source of short optical pulses will be of paramount importance for future Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM), optical time division multiplexed (OTDM), and hybrid WDM/OTDM optical communication systems. Self-seeding of a gain-switched Fabry-Perot (FP) laser is one of the most reliable techniques available to generate wavelength tunable optical pulses. An important characteristic of these self-seeded gain-switched (SSGS) sources is the variation in the side-mode-suppression-ratio (SMSR) as the wavelength is tuned, as this may ultimately affect their usefulness in optical communication systems. A quantitative analysis of how mode partition noise and side mode suppression ratio affects a wavelength division multiplexed system is investigated here. Bit Error Rate measurements have been carried out on a 4-channel wavelength division multiplexed set-up using tunable self-seeded gain-switched pulse sources. These measurements demonstrate the degradation in overall system performance, due to mode partition noise, as the side mode suppression ratio of the self-seeded gain-switched optical pulse sources is reduced. The results also show that the constraints on the minimum side mode suppression ratio required increase with the number of channels in the system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 August 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4876, Opto-Ireland 2002: Optics and Photonics Technologies and Applications, (27 August 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.463705
Show Author Affiliations
Prince Anandarajah, Dublin City Univ. (Ireland)
Liam P. Barry, Dublin City Univ. (Ireland)
Aleksandra Kaszubowska, Dublin City Univ. (Ireland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4876:
Opto-Ireland 2002: Optics and Photonics Technologies and Applications
Vincent Toal; Norman Douglas McMillan; Gerard M. O'Connor; Eon O'Mongain; Austin F. Duke; John F. Donegan; James A. McLaughlin; Brian D. MacCraith; Werner J. Blau, Editor(s)

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