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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 12 — Jun. 8, 2009
  • pp: 9918–9923

A compact nonlinear fiber-based optical autocorrelation peak discriminator

M. P. Fok, Y. Deng, and P. R. Prucnal  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 12, pp. 9918-9923 (2009)

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We experimentally demonstrate a nonlinear fiber-based optical autocorrelation peak discriminator. The approach exploits four-wave mixing in a 37-cm highly-nonlinear bismuth-oxide fiber that provides a passive and compact means for rejecting cross-correlation peaks. The autocorrelation peak discriminator plays an important role in improving the detection of optical CDMA signals. Eye diagrams and bit-error rates are measured at different power ratios. Significant receiver sensitivity improvements are obtained and error-floors are removed. The experimental results show that the autocorrelation peak discriminator works well even when the amplitudes of individual cross-correlation peaks are higher than that of the autocorrelation peak.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: March 10, 2009
Revised Manuscript: May 12, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: May 25, 2009
Published: May 28, 2009

M. P. Fok, Y. Deng, and P. R. Prucnal, "A compact nonlinear fiber-based optical autocorrelation peak discriminator," Opt. Express 17, 9918-9923 (2009)

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