Multi-wavelength source using low drive-voltage amplitude modulators for optical communications

Tadhg Healy, Fatima C. Garcia Gunning, Andrew D. Ellis, Jeff D. Bull

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A simple and cost-effective technique for generating a flat, square-shaped multi-wavelength optical comb with 42.6 GHz line spacing and over 0.5 THz of total bandwidth is presented. A detailed theoretical analysis is presented, showing that using two concatenated modulators driven with voltages of 3.5 Vp are necessary to generate 11 comb lines with a flatness below 2dB. This performance is experimentally demonstrated using two cascaded Versawave 40 Gbit/s low drive voltage electro-optic polarisation modulators, where an 11 channel optical comb with a flatness of 1.9 dB and a side-mode-suppression ratio (SMSR) of 12.6 dB was obtained.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2981-2986
Number of pages6
JournalOptics Express
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 19 Mar 2007

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