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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 21 — Oct. 11, 2010
  • pp: 21873–21882

All-optical technique for modulation format conversion from on-off-keying to alternate-mark-inversion

J. M. Dailey, R. P. Webb, and R. J. Manning  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 21, pp. 21873-21882 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.021873


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Abstract

We propose and numerically investigate for the first time a novel all-optical on-off-keying to alternate-mark-inversion modulation format converter operating at 40 Gbps employing a semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA)-based Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI). We demonstrate that this SOA-MZI operates as a pulse subtractor, and in the absence of patterning will produce perfectly phase inverted pulses regardless of the individual SOA phase excursions. We use a comprehensive computer model to illustrate the impact of patterning on the output phase modulation, which is quantified through the definition of the phase compression factor.

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OCIS Codes
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(060.4080) Fiber optics and optical communications : Modulation
(070.4340) Fourier optics and signal processing : Nonlinear optical signal processing
(230.1150) Optical devices : All-optical devices
(250.5980) Optoelectronics : Semiconductor optical amplifiers

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: April 30, 2010
Revised Manuscript: August 20, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: August 24, 2010
Published: September 30, 2010

Citation
J. M. Dailey, R. P. Webb, and R. J. Manning, "All-optical technique for modulation format conversion from on-off-keying to alternate-mark-inversion," Opt. Express 18, 21873-21882 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-21-21873


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