Abstract

Tunable dispersion compensators are an essential component for optical networks operating at 40 Gbits/s and beyond. One fiber-based tunable dispersion compensator that has proved to be effective consists of a chirped fiber Bragg grating tuned by a thin-film distributed resistive heating element. We describe several modifications to the heater design that minimize temperature-induced higher-order dispersion, eliminate the need for a second stabilization heater when the device is operated at constant ambient temperature, and significantly lower its maximum operating temperature. We demonstrate a tunable dispersion compensator with a single thin-film heater that provides over 500 ps/nm of tunable dispersion over a fixed 100-GHz bandwidth with a maximum operating temperature of less than 125 °C above ambient.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

Full Article  |  PDF Article
More Like This
Characteristics of heat flow in optical fiber devices that use integrated thin-film heaters

John A. Rogers, Paulina Kuo, Ashish Ahuja, Benjamin J. Eggleton, and Rebecca J. Jackman
Appl. Opt. 39(28) 5109-5116 (2000)

Dual on-fiber thin-film heaters for fiber gratings with independently adjustable chirp and wavelength

John A. Rogers, Benjamin J. Eggleton, Rebecca J. Jackman, Glen R. Kowach, and Thomas A. Strasser
Opt. Lett. 24(19) 1328-1330 (1999)

References

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Citation lists with outbound citation links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an Optica member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access Optica Member Subscription

Cited By

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Cited by links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an Optica member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access Optica Member Subscription

Figures (17)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Figure files are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an Optica member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access Optica Member Subscription

Equations (12)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Equations are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an Optica member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access Optica Member Subscription

Metrics