A new synchronization technique for simultaneous in-line modulation and regeneration of wavelength-division multiplexed (WDM) soliton signals in optical fibers is proposed. A specific wavelength-mapping rule makes synchronization compatible with frequency-guiding Fabry-Perot filters. As an example, a 4 × 10 Gbitys WDM regenerated soliton system is demonstrated numerically. We also show that the technique is fully compatible with dispersion management, which alleviates detrimental WDM collisions. Thus the possibility of combining wavelength-division multiplexing and regeneration opens up new perspectives for ultrahigh-bit-rate transoceanic soliton systems.
© 1996 Optical Society of America
E. Desurvire, O. Leclerc, and O. Audouin, "Synchronous in-line regeneration of wavelength-division multiplexed solitons signals in optical fibers," Opt. Lett. 21, 1026-1028 (1996)