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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 17 — Aug. 18, 2008
  • pp: 12544–12549

Polarization independent 4-stage OTDM multiplexer using plated GRIN lens

Libo Cai, Min Zhang, Peida Ye, and Tangjun Li  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 17, pp. 12544-12549 (2008)

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In this paper, a 4-stage optical time domain multiplexing (OTDM) multiplexer based on plated graded index (GRIN) lens is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. A 10Gbit/s return-to-zero (RZ) signal is upgraded to 160Gbit/s. The time-domain accuracy of the multiplexer is evaluated by analyzing the multiplexed 160Gbit/s signal. Experimental results validate the stability of the optical multiplexing behavior and the polarization insensitivity of the proposed multiplexer. The results also show the advantages of our OTDM multiplexer such as the flexible output signal speeds at the output of different stages, the low insertion loss and the temperature and wavelength stability.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.1810) Fiber optics and optical communications : Buffers, couplers, routers, switches, and multiplexers

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: June 3, 2008
Revised Manuscript: July 27, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: July 28, 2008
Published: August 5, 2008

Libo Cai, Min Zhang, Peida Ye, and Tangjun Li, "Polarization independent 4-stage OTDM multiplexer using plated GRIN lens," Opt. Express 16, 12544-12549 (2008)

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