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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 47, Iss. 27 — Sep. 20, 2008
  • pp: 5051–5060

Limitations of self-phase-modulation-based tunable delay system for all-optical buffer design

Ravi Pant, Michael D. Stenner, and Mark A. Neifeld  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 47, Issue 27, pp. 5051-5060 (2008)

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The distortion, noise, and bit-delay performance of a self-phase-modulation-based tunable delay system are analyzed. The pulse amplification required for achieving large spectral broadening results in large amplifier noise. We quantify the resulting delay versus signal-to-noise ratio trade-off. We demonstrate that for high bit rates it is difficult to achieve both large bit delay and good data fidelity. We find that for a given bit rate, reducing the duty cycle improves the fractional bit delay. For a duty cycle of 16%, a maximum bit delay of 15 bits is achieved.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.2640) Nonlinear optics : Stimulated scattering, modulation, etc.
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(200.4490) Optics in computing : Optical buffers

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: February 28, 2008
Revised Manuscript: July 14, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: August 16, 2008
Published: September 19, 2008

Ravi Pant, Michael D. Stenner, and Mark A. Neifeld, "Limitations of self-phase-modulation-based tunable delay system for all-optical buffer design," Appl. Opt. 47, 5051-5060 (2008)

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