Amplitude data erasure for wavelength reuse using an ultralong semiconductor optical amplifier (UL-SOA) in saturation is demonstrated for optical carriers modulated up to 56 Gb/s (NRZ). The erasing performance efficiencies with different input bit rates are presented, as well as the influences of parameters such as input (amplitude) extinction ratio, optical power, wavelength, and UL-SOA bias current. Bit error rate (BER) curves show that the remodulated (upstream) signal has enough quality to be applied in wavelength division multiplexing-passive optical networks (WDM-PON) systems, when very high bit rates or high input extinction ratio are needed and spectral broadening in the erased carrier could be accepted.
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Napoleão S. Ribeiro, Cristiano M. Gallep, and Evandro Conforti, "Limits on High Bit Rate Wavelength Reuse Using Ultralong Semiconductor Optical Amplifier," J. Lightwave Technol. 31, 3229-3236 (2013)