Optical FDM switch experiments with tunable fiber Fabry-Perot filters

K. Y. Eng, M. A. Santoro, J. Stone, T. L. Koch

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The authors discuss results of research aimed at understanding the use of monolithic tunable lasers and fiber Fabry-Perot filters in implementing an optical cross-connect switch. The switch architecture uses optical frequency division multiplexing where laser signals are transmitted at different frequencies and then summed in a star coupler. At each star coupler output, a tunable receiver is used to retrieve any input signal of choice. The experimental receiver consists of an optical tunable filter followed by a direct-detection receiver. The laboratory demonstration consists of four frequency-locked transmitters with monolithic tunable lasers, each dithered with a slightly different frequency for the dual purpose of frequency locking and positive channel identification upon signal reception. The tunable filter is a tunable two-stage fiber Fabry-Perot filter design consisting of a narrow filter followed by a wide filter. The tuning of the filters is computer controlled, and the combined filter has a tuning range of 15,000 GHz with a finesse ≈5170. Therefore, it is capable of covering over 1000 channels of 2.9-GHz each. Receiver sensitivity was measured to be -30 dBm at 1.7 Gb/s and -29 dBm at 2.5 Gb/s (bit error rate = 10-10).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGLOBECOM '90
PublisherPubl by IEEE
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)0879426322
StatePublished - 1990
EventIEEE Global Telecommunications Conference & Exhibition Part 3 (of 3) - San Diego, CA, USA
Duration: Dec 2 1990Dec 5 1990

Publication series

NameIEEE Global Telecommunications Conference and Exhibition


OtherIEEE Global Telecommunications Conference & Exhibition Part 3 (of 3)
CitySan Diego, CA, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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