Dispersion monitoring for high-speed WDM networks via two-photon absorption in a semiconductor microcavity
Maguire, Paul J. and Bondarczuk, Krzysztof and Barry, Liam P. and O'Dowd, John and Guo, Wei Hua and Lynch, Michael and Bradley, Ann Louise and Donegan, John Francis and Folliot, H. (2006) Dispersion monitoring for high-speed WDM networks via two-photon absorption in a semiconductor microcavity. In: ICTON 2006 - 8th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks, 18-22 June 2006, Nottingham, UK.
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Due to the continued demand for bandwidth, network operators have to increase the data rates at which individual wavelengths operate at. As these data rates will exceed 100 Gbit/s in the next 5-10 years, it will be crucial to be able to monitor and compensate for the amount of chromatic dispersion encountered by individual wavelength channels. This paper will focus on the use of the novel nonlinear optical-to-electrical conversion process of two-photon absorption (TPA) for dispersion monitoring. By incorporating a specially designed semiconductor microcavity, the TPA response becomes wavelength dependent, thus allowing simultaneous channel selection and monitoring without the need for external wavelength filtering
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