Theoretical analysis is made for thin-film-based, 200- and 100-GHz narrow bandpass filters with respect to the intensity response as well as to the chromatic dispersion. The results indicate that the narrower the passband, the higher the chromatic dispersion. The maximum chromatic dispersion appears at the edges of the 0.5-dB passband, owing to the fast change of the group delay in the region. The deviation of chromatic dispersion induced by manufacturing error is simulated. Effective-medium approximation layers are added to simulate the contribution of surface roughness and the mixture interfaces to the passband ripple as well as the chromatic dispersion. The simulations are compared with the experimental results. The measured chromatic dispersion matches the general trend of the theoretical calculation. The imperfect surface and layer mismatch induce additional ripples across the 0.5-dB passband. The maximum chromatic dispersion within a 0.5-dB passband is 20.7 and 54.9 ps/nm for 200- and 100-GHZ narrow bandpass filters, respectively.
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Keqi Zhang, Jue Wang, Erik Schwendeman, David Dawson-Elli, Ralf Faber, and Robert Sharps, "Group Delay and Chromatic Dispersion of Thin-Film-Based, Narrow Bandpass Filters Used in Dense Wavelength-Division-Multiplexed Systems," Appl. Opt. 41, 3172-3175 (2002)