Multi-Format Wavelength Conversion Using Quantum Dash Mode-Locked Laser Pumps
AbstractWe investigate and compare the performance of wavelength conversion for two different non-return-to-zero (NRZ) modulation formats at 40 Gb/s: on off keying (OOK) and differential phase-shift keying (DPSK). To achieve wide wavelength coverage and integrability, we use a dual pump scheme exploiting four-wave mixing in semiconductor optical amplifiers. For phase stability, we use a quantum-dash mode-locked laser (QD-MLL) as a multi-wavelength source for the dual pumps, with tunability provided by the output filter. The significant sidelobes of the DPSK spectrum (relative to OOK) require the balancing of the pump proximity to the original signal (facilitating high conversion efficiency) with the signal degradation from the pump spectrum overlapping the converted DPSK signal. We achieve a conversion efficiency near –3.6 dB for OOK and –5.4 dB for DPSK across a 12 nm tuning range with low input powers (1 dBm). We measure bit error rate (BER) and obtain error free transmission (BER < 10−9) with a power penalty less than 2 dB for OOK and 3 dB for DPSK. View Full-Text
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M’Sallem, Y.B.; Park, C.S.; LaRochelle, S.; Rusch, L.A. Multi-Format Wavelength Conversion Using Quantum Dash Mode-Locked Laser Pumps. Photonics 2015, 2, 527-539.
M’Sallem YB, Park CS, LaRochelle S, Rusch LA. Multi-Format Wavelength Conversion Using Quantum Dash Mode-Locked Laser Pumps. Photonics. 2015; 2(2):527-539.Chicago/Turabian Style
M’Sallem, Yousra B.; Park, Chul S.; LaRochelle, Sophie; Rusch, Leslie A. 2015. "Multi-Format Wavelength Conversion Using Quantum Dash Mode-Locked Laser Pumps." Photonics 2, no. 2: 527-539.