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An optical parametric amplified fiber switch for optical signal processing and regeneration

: Watanabe, S.; Futami, F.; Okabe, R.; Ludwig, R.; Schmidt-Langhorst, C.; Huettl, B.; Schubert, C.; Weber, H.G.


IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics 14 (2008), No.3, pp.674-680
ISSN: 1077-260X
Journal Article
Fraunhofer HHI ()

An optical parametric amplified (OPA) fiber switch is described in this paper. This device switches input signals without shifting the wavelength by changing the polarization state of the signal using optical parametric amplification. The OPA fiber switch features ultra-broadband, highly efficient switching with a high contrast ratio. We experimentally test the prototype of the OPA fiber switch, which uses a highly nonlinear fiber. Optical de-multiplexing of 160 Gb/s differential phase-shift keying (DPSK) signals is demonstrated in the whole C-band and shows that it provides almost penalty-free optical detection. The application of amplitude noise suppression with the OPA fiber switch by using parametric gain saturation is then proposed and demonstrated for a 160 Gb/s DPSK signal. When it is set to an amplitude-limiting condition, the OPA fiber switch successfully increases the optical signal-to-noise ratio by 4 dB and effectively suppresses the phase deterioration in 160 Gb/s DPSK transmission by increasing the system margin by more than 5 dB.