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.
You have requested a machine translation of selected content from our databases. This functionality is provided solely for your convenience and is in no way intended to replace human translation. Neither SPIE nor the owners and publishers of the content make, and they explicitly disclaim, any express or implied representations or warranties of any kind, including, without limitation, representations and warranties as to the functionality of the translation feature or the accuracy or completeness of the translations.
Translations are not retained in our system. Your use of this feature and the translations is subject to all use restrictions contained in the Terms and Conditions of Use of the SPIE website.