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22 June 2020 Effects of all-optical wavelength conversion on signal quality under variable-channel spacing in elastic optical networks
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All-optical wavelength converters (AOWCs) based on parametric amplification in highly nonlinear fibers are investigated and evaluated, aiming at application flex-grid optical networks. A multichannel transmission system with a multilevel modulation format at 56-Gb  /  s bit rate is adopted. Parameters such as symbol error rate and signal bandwidth allocation are evaluated considering the optical signal-to-noise ratio, the power reception level, the channel spacing, and the impact of several cascade conversions—series of multiple AOWCs—on the signal quality. This work was carried out with an analytical modeling and computer simulations. Results reveal consistent modeling and adequate operation of the proposed AOWCs for flex-grid wavelength-division multiplexing networks and indicate that the number of conversions is limited by the size of the converter operating band and the allowed flex-grid slot size.

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André L. C. Aguiar, Indayara Bertoldi B. Martins, and Felipe Rudge Barbosa "Effects of all-optical wavelength conversion on signal quality under variable-channel spacing in elastic optical networks," Optical Engineering 59(6), 066104 (22 June 2020). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.OE.59.6.066104
Received: 24 February 2020; Accepted: 2 June 2020; Published: 22 June 2020
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