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Ultrafast all-optical signal processing: toward optical packet switching
Author(s): Y. Liu; E. Tangdiongga; Z. Li; S. Zhang; M. T. Hill; J. H. C. van Zantvoort; F. M. Huijskens; H. de Waardt; M. K. Smit; A. M. J. Koonen; G. D. Khoe; H. J. S. Dorren
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Paper Abstract

We present some progress in the field of optical signal processing that could be utilized in all-optical packet switching. We demonstrate error-free 160 Gb/s optical wavelength conversion employing a single semiconductor optical amplifier. The gain recovery time of the semiconductor optical amplifier is greater than 90 ps. Assisted by an optical bandpass filter, an effective recovery time of 3 ps is achieved in the wavelength converter, which ensures 160 Gb/s operation. This optical wavelength converter can be controlled by a monolithically integrated optical flip-flop memory to route 80 Gb/s data-packets all-optically. The routing is realized without electronic control. The integrated optical flip-flop is based on two-coupled lasers, exhibits single-mode operation, has 35 dB contrast ratio between the states and switches state in about 2 ns. We demonstrate that the integrated flip-flop is able to control the optical wavelength converter up to 160 Gb/s. The system is capable of routing 80 Gb/s data packets with duration of 35 ns, separated by 15 ns of guard time.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 October 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6353, Optical Transmission, Switching, and Subsystems IV, 635312 (19 October 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.687147
Show Author Affiliations
Y. Liu, Eindhoven Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)
E. Tangdiongga, Eindhoven Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)
Z. Li, Eindhoven Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)
S. Zhang, Eindhoven Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)
M. T. Hill, Eindhoven Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)
J. H. C. van Zantvoort, Eindhoven Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)
F. M. Huijskens, Eindhoven Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)
H. de Waardt, Eindhoven Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)
M. K. Smit, Eindhoven Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)
A. M. J. Koonen, Eindhoven Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)
G. D. Khoe, Eindhoven Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)
H. J. S. Dorren, Eindhoven Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6353:
Optical Transmission, Switching, and Subsystems IV
Chang Soo Park; Shizhong Xie; Curtis R. Menyuk; Ken-ichi Kitayama, Editor(s)

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