Design of multilevel amplitude regenerative system

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We propose a scheme for multilevel (nine or more) amplitude regeneration based on a nonlinear optical loop mirror (NOLM) and demonstrate through numerical modeling its efficiency and cascadability on circular 16-, 64-, and 256- symbol constellations. We show that the amplitude noise is efficiently suppressed. The design is flexible and enables variation of the number of levels and their positioning. The scheme is compatible with phase regenerators. Also, compared to the traditional single-NOLM configuration scheme, new features, such as reduced and sign-varied power-dependent phase shift, are available. The model is simple to implement, as it requires only two couplers in addition to the traditional NOLM, and offers a vast range of optimization parameters.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2499-2502
Number of pages4
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2014

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Funding: EPSRC project UNLOC (Unlocking the Capacity of Optical Communications) EP/J017582/1.


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