We characterize a 200GHz channel grid, wavelength-selective 4×1 switch with wide/flat passbands and low chromatic dispersion (|CD|<10ps/nm) for 160Gb/s transmission rates. Our findings indicate that the penalties associated with ISI and dispersion are very high.
© 2006 Optical Society of America
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(060.1810) Fiber optics and optical communications : Buffers, couplers, routers, switches, and multiplexers
(230.0230) Optical devices : Optical devices
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices
D. M. Marom, L. Möller, Y. Su, D. López, F. Pardo, F. Klemens, E. Bower, and E. Ferry, " Compatibility of Flat-Passband, 200 GHz-Wide Wavelength-Selective Switch for 160 Gb/s Transmission Rates," in Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition and The National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference, Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2006), paper OTuF6.