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N-bit fully covered variable photonic time delay architectures for polarization mode dispersion compensation
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Paper Abstract

N-bit programmable photonic time delay structures are proposed for the compensation of polarization mode dispersion (PMD). Our key design idea is to have one switchable differential group delay (DGD) module, that specially contains the zero DGD and the minimum DGD resolution step of t, connected to the rest of the variable photonic DGD bit modules that offer DGD values of (+/-)2t to (+/-)[2N-2]t. Our proposed variable photonic DGD architectures use 2x2 polarization maintaining optical switches or 90 degree polarization rotators to choose the desired DGDs. When all variable photonic DGD bit modules are attached to the polarization rotator, 2N DGD values ranging from -{[2N-1]-1}t to [2N-1]t are obtained. Our simulation study points out that compact programmable photonic DGD modules can be achieved by using materials with strong birefringence and our reflective configuration. In addition, materials with low wavelength sensitivity are preferred for use in broadband wavelength operation. Mirror-based programmable photonic DGD structures are also introduced.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 February 2005
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5625, Optical Transmission, Switching, and Subsystems II, (11 February 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.572289
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Sarun Sumriddetchkajorn, National Electronics and Computer Technology Ctr. (Thailand)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5625:
Optical Transmission, Switching, and Subsystems II
Cedric F. Lam; Wanyi Gu; Norbert Hanik; Kimio Oguchi, Editor(s)

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