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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 9 — Apr. 26, 2010
  • pp: 9435–9446

Multi-channel in-band OSNR monitoring using Stimulated Brillouin Scattering

Mark D. Pelusi, Amy Fu, and Benjamin J. Eggleton  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 9, pp. 9435-9446 (2010)

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We investigate an optical performance monitor based on Stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS), for enabling the measurement of the in-band optical signal to noise ratio (OSNR) for multiple channels of a wavelength-division multiplexed (WDM) signal simultaneously. The principle relies on propagating the signal in a nonlinear waveguide so that each channel pumps SBS to produce a back-scattered Stokes wave of unique carrier wavelength, and with a power that depends on the in-band OSNR of the channel itself. We experimentally demonstrate a highly sensitive OSNR measurement for a 3 × 40 Gb/s signal, with a small sensitivity to the input state of polarization, and a large dynamic range (25 dB) in the Stokes power. Our results also reveal the insensitivity of SBS to both chromatic and polarization-mode dispersions, and the indirect role these effects can play in mitigating the suppression of SBS from the nonlinear Kerr effect.

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OCIS Codes
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(070.4340) Fourier optics and signal processing : Nonlinear optical signal processing
(190.1900) Nonlinear optics : Diagnostic applications of nonlinear optics
(290.5900) Scattering : Scattering, stimulated Brillouin

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: February 10, 2010
Revised Manuscript: March 31, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: April 1, 2010
Published: April 21, 2010

Mark D. Pelusi, Amy Fu, and Benjamin J. Eggleton, "Multi-channel in-band OSNR monitoring using Stimulated Brillouin Scattering," Opt. Express 18, 9435-9446 (2010)

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