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Multi-flow transmitter based on polarization and optical carrier management on optical polymers

: Katopodis, V.; Felipe, D.; Tsokos, C.; Groumas, P.; Spyropoulou, M.; Beretta, A.; Dede, A.; Quagliotti, M.; Pagano, A.; Vannucci, A.; Keil, N.; Avramopoulos, H.; Kouloumentas, C.


IEEE Photonics Technology Letters 28 (2016), Nr.11, S.1169-1172
ISSN: 1041-1135
European Commission EC
FP7-ICT; 619411; PANTHER
Fraunhofer HHI ()

We propose a novel multi-flow transmitter concept capable of controlling the number, type, wavelength, and destination of the generated optical flows depending on the client traffic. The concept is based on the selection of the number of optical carriers per flow and the selection between single-and dual-polarization flows. We demonstrate the proofof- concept combining two commercial In-Phase/Quadrature (IQ) modulators with two prototype polymer circuits, which integrate three tunable lasers for flexible wavelength allocation, four thermo-optic switches for flexible optical routing on-chip, and elements for polarization handling on-chip. We incorporate this transmitter inside an optical node, and we investigate one-flow scenarios with dual-carrier or dual-polarization quadrature phase shift keying (QPSK) modulation, and two-flow scenarios based on two independent QPSK signals. The transmitter and node configuration are controlled by a software-defined optics platform. We demonstrate dynamic operation at 28 GBd and error-free coherent transmission over 100 km of the standard single-mode fiber.