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  • Vol. 25, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2007
  • pp: 184–192

All-Optical 3R Burst-Mode Reception at 40 Gb/s Using Four Integrated MZI Switches

George T. Kanellos, Dimitris Petrantonakis, Dimitris Tsiokos, Paraskevas Bakopoulos, Panagiotis Zakynthinos, Nikos Pleros, Dimitris Apostolopoulos, Graeme Maxwell, Alistair Poustie, and Hercules Avramopoulos

Journal of Lightwave Technology, Vol. 25, Issue 1, pp. 184-192 (2007)

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We demonstrate an all-optical retime, reshape, reamplify (3R) burst-mode receiver (BMR) operating error-free with a 40-Gb/s variable-length asynchronous optical data packets that exhibit up to 9-dB packet-to-packet power variation. The circuit is completely based upon hybrid integrated Mach–Zehnder interferometric (MZI) switches as it employs four cascaded MZIs, each one performing a different functionality. The 3R burst-mode reception is achieved with the combination of two discrete all-optical subsystems. A reshape, reamplify BMR employing a single MZI is used first to perform power equalization of the incoming bursts and provide error-free data reception. This novel approach is experimentally demonstrated to operate error-free, even for a 9-dB dynamic range of power variation between bursty data packets and for a wide range of average input power. The obtained power-equalized data packets are then fed into a 3R regenerator to improve the signal quality by reducing the phase and amplitude jitter of the incoming data. This packet-mode 3R regenerator employs three MZIs that perform wavelength conversion, clock extraction, and data regeneration for every packet separately and operates at 40 Gb/s, exhibiting rms timing jitter reduction from 4 ps at the input to 1 ps at the output and a power penalty improvement of 2.5 dB.

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George T. Kanellos, Dimitris Petrantonakis, Dimitris Tsiokos, Paraskevas Bakopoulos, Panagiotis Zakynthinos, Nikos Pleros, Dimitris Apostolopoulos, Graeme Maxwell, Alistair Poustie, and Hercules Avramopoulos, "All-Optical 3R Burst-Mode Reception at 40 Gb/s Using Four Integrated MZI Switches," J. Lightwave Technol. 25, 184-192 (2007)

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