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Narrow channel spacing interleavers with low-chromatic dispersion for high-speed DWDM/OADM applications
Author(s): Andrew Zeng; Joseph C. Chon
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Paper Abstract

As data rate of fiber optic communication systems increases to 10Gb/s or higher, chromatic dispersion (CD) of DWDM components becomes increasingly important. It has been shown that chromatic dispersion of passive components could have a detrimental effect on the performance of a 10Gb/s system. In this paper, we discuss chromatic dispersion of an important passive device: interleavers. To achieve better bandwidth efficiency, some system designers have started to evaluate 25GHz interleavers for their next generation products. However, the chromatic dispersion of an uncompensated 25 GHz interleave, regardless of its design, is 16 times larger than that of a 100 GHz interleaver of the same type. For example, if a 100GHz interleaver of certain design has an average CD of 40ps/nm, a 25GHz interleaver (uncompensated) of the same type would have a CD of 640ps/nm several interleavers available on the market. We show that chromatic dispersion of the interleavers is dominated by structural dispersion instead of material dispersion. The CD slopes and ripples of some interleavers can be reduced or completely compensated by innovative designs. We present an interleaver design with extremely small Cd and CD ripple. Finally, we present a 10Gb/s 160-channel transport application by using the low-CD 25GHz interleavers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 June 2002
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4653, WDM and Photonic Switching Devices for Network Applications III, (7 June 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.469644
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Andrew Zeng, WaveSplitter Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Joseph C. Chon, WaveSplitter Technologies, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4653:
WDM and Photonic Switching Devices for Network Applications III
Ray T. Chen; Joseph C. Chon, Editor(s)

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