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  • Vol. 18, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 2001
  • pp: 901–907

Passive and adaptive optical equalizer for reconfigurable multiwavelength networks

Winston K. Chan and David R. Andersen  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 18, Issue 7, pp. 901-907 (2001)

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We describe the concept for a passive device that equalizes the power of a multiwavelength optical signal without spectrally dispersing the signal. The proposed device consists of a Fabry–Perot cavity with a photorefractive medium. It is scalable in the number of wavelengths, adapts to time variations in the optical power, and does not require an external power reference, so it is well suited for equalizing the output of erbium-doped fiber amplifiers in reconfigurable, multiwavelength, optical networks. We give an analysis of the device’s operation and of network behavior.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications

Winston K. Chan and David R. Andersen, "Passive and adaptive optical equalizer for reconfigurable multiwavelength networks," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 18, 901-907 (2001)

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