Performance of a SOA-MZI wavelength converter for label swapping using combined FSK/IM modulation format

I. Tafur Monroy, E.J.M. Verdurmen, S. Sulur, A.M.J. Koonen, H. Waardt, de, G.D. Khoe, N. Chi, P. Van Holm-Nielsen, J. Zhang

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Abstract

This paper presents a theoretical and experimental assessment of the performance of a wavelength converter based on semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOA) in a MZI configuration for optical label swapping. The optical labeling of the signal is based on an FSK/IM combined modulation format for the header/payload, respectively. Experimental results are presented for a signaling scheme with payload data at 10 Gbit/s and an FSK label at 312 Mbit/s. Simulation results and measurements of the chirp properties of converted signals operating at data rates of 2.5 and 10 Gbit/s are presented. Conclusions and design guidelines are presented regarding the implications of the wavelength converter performance on the quality of the label and payload signals for fast packet/burst forwarding in optically labeled switched networks.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-49
Number of pages19
JournalOptical Fiber Technology
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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