Abstract

In this paper, the performance of all-optical wavelength conversion (WC) of Nyquist-WDM superchannels is investigated for future implementation in optical networks. We consider advanced modulation formats of DQPSK and 16-QAM for the subchannel modulation format achieving raw bit rates of 448 and 896 Gb/s, respectively. We demonstrate through simulations the WC of Nyquist-WDM superchannel using degenerate and nondegenerate four-wave mixing (FWM) in a semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA). We consider the effects of raised cosine (RC) and root raised cosine (RRC) signal pulse shaping within the wavelength conversion process. We find that the performance of the converted superchannel is severely impaired by crosstalk due to cross-gain modulation of the pump by the superchannel. Optimum performance of the converted superchannel is achieved by setting the detuning between the continuous-wave pump and the central wavelength of the superchannel to be around 200 GHz and using pumps of double the gain saturation power of the SOA with 23 dB pump to signal power ratio.

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