Abstract

The use of synchronous optical modulators is effective in reducing the pulse timing jitter in long-distance soliton transmission. The inherently polarization-insensitive characteristics of the Fabry-Perot multiple quantum-well (MQW) electroabsorption modulator make it a potentially suitable device for this application. We investigate the intensity and phase modulation characteristics of symmetric and asymmetric Fabry-Perot modulators, and show that, by positioning the resonant wavelength <30 nm away from the exciton absorption peak to obtain negative chirp operation, both configurations can be used to successfully reduce timing jitter in a 20 Gb/s soliton system.

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L. F. Mollenauer, S. G. Evangelides, and J. P. Gordon, "Wavelength division multiplexing with solitons in ultra-long distance transmission using lumped amplifiers," J. Lightwave Technol., vol. 9, pp. 362-367, Mar. 1991.

M. Suzuki, H. Tanaka, N. Edagawa, and Y. Matsushima, "New applications of a sinusoidal driven InGaAsP electroabsorption modulator to in-line optical gates with ASE noise reduction effect," J. Lightwave Technol., vol. 10, pp. 1912-1918, Dec. 1992.

N. J. Smith, N. J. Doran, W. Forysiak, and F. M. Knox, "Soliton transmission using periodic dispersion compensation," J. Lightwave Technol., vol. 15, pp. 1808-1822, Oct. 1997.

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