Abstract

We present ultrafast slotted optical time-division multiplexed networks as a viable means of implementing a highly capable next-generation all-optical packet-switched network. Such a network is capable of providing simple network management, the ability to support variable quality-of-service, self-routing of packets, scalability in the number of users, and the use of digital regeneration,buffering, and encryption. We review all-optical switch and Boolean logic gate implementations using an ultrafast nonlinear interferometers (UNIs) that arecapable of stable, pattern-independent operation at speeds in excess of 100 Gb/s. We expand the capability provided by the UNI beyond switching and logic demonstrations to include system-level functions such as packet synchronization,address comparison, and rate conversion. We use these advanced all-optical signal processing capabilities to demonstrate a slotted OTDM multiaccess network testbed operating at 112.5 Gb/s line rates with inherent scalability in the number of users and system line rates. We also report on long-haul propagation of short optical pulses in fiber and all-optical 3R regeneration as a viable cost-effective means of extending the long-haul distance of our OTDM network to distances much greater than 100 km.

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J. Lightwave Technol. (10)

M. Eiselt, W. Pieper and H. G. Weber, "SLALOM: Semiconductor laser amplifier in a loop mirror", J. Lightwave Technol., vol. 13, pp. 2099-2112, Oct. 1995.

T. Durhuus, B. Mikkelsen, C. Joergensen, S. L. Danielsen and K. E. Stubkjaer, "All-optical wavelength conversion by semiconductor optical amplifiers", J. Lightwave Technol., vol. 14, pp. 942-954, June 1996.

K. Uchiyama, T. Morioka, S. Kawanishi, H. Takara and M. Saruwatari, "Signal-to-noise ratio analysis of 100 Gb/s demultiplexing using nonlinear optical loop mirror", J. Lightwave Technol., vol. 15, pp. 194-201, Feb. 1997.

M. Jinno, "All-optical signal regularizing/regeneration using a nonlinear fiber sagnac interferometer switch with signal-clock walk-off", J. Lightwave Technol., vol. 12, pp. 1648-1659, Sept. 1994.

D. Marcuse and C. R. Menyuk, "Simulation of single-channel optical systems at 100 Gb/s", J. Lightwave Technol., vol. 17, pp. 564-569, Apr. 1999.

S. Watanabe and M. Shirasaki, "Exact compensation for both chromatic dispersion and Kerr effect in a transmission fiber using phase conjugation", J. Lightwave Technol., vol. 14, pp. 243-248, Mar. 1996.

A. R. Chraplyvy, "Limitations on lightwave communications imposed by optical-fiber nonlinearities", J. Lightwave Technol., vol. 8, pp. 1548-1557, Oct. 1990.

R. W. Tkach, A. R. Chraplyvy, F. Forghieri, A. H. Gnauck and R. M. Derosier, "Four-photon mixing and high-speed WDM systems", J. Lightwave Technol., vol. 13, pp. 841-849, May 1995.

O. Kamatani and S. Kawanishi, "Ultrahigh-speed clock recovery with phase lock loop based on four-wave mixing in a traveling-wave laser diode amplifier", J. Lightwave Technol., vol. 14, pp. 1757-1767, Aug. 1996 .

T. Otani, T. Miyazaki and S. Yamamoto, "40-Gb/s optical 3R regenerator using electroabsorption modulators for optical networks", J. Lightwave Technol., vol. 20, pp. 195-200, Feb. 2002.

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