We demonstrate the conversion of a nonreturn-to-zero (NRZ)-formatted electrical data stream into a wavelength-tunable return-to-zero (RZ)-formatted optical pulse code by externally seeding a synchronously sinusoidal-modulated Fabry-Perot laser diode (FPLD) with optical pseudorandom binary-sequence data at 10 Gbits/s (Gbps). The FPLD without a dc-biased current was modulated by use of a power-amplified sinusoidal wave signal (∼25.6 dBm) as an NRZ-to-RZ data-format transformer, which is regeneratively amplified by a closed-loop erbium-doped fiber amplifier. The gain switching and on-off keying operation of the FPLD is initiated under the seeding of self-feedback and external-injection signals. A maximum wavelength tuning range of 30 nm with a side-mode suppression ratio of greater than 36 dB is obtained. The power penalty of the NRZ-to-RZ data-format conversion at 10 Gbps is 1.5 dB.
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(060.1810) Fiber optics and optical communications : Buffers, couplers, routers, switches, and multiplexers
(070.4340) Fourier optics and signal processing : Nonlinear optical signal processing
(070.4560) Fourier optics and signal processing : Data processing by optical means
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
Yung-Cheng Chang and Gong-Ru Lin, "10 Gbit/s tunable dual-wavelength nonreturn-to-zero-to-return-to-zero data-format transformer based on a non-direct-current-biased Fabry-Perot laser diode," Appl. Opt. 44, 3058-3062 (2005)