Journal article

A bidirectional optical add-drop multiplexer with gain using multiport circulators, fiber Bragg gratings, and a single unidirectional optical amplifier

AV Tran, CJ Chae, RS Tucker

IEEE PHOTONICS TECHNOLOGY LETTERS | IEEE-INST ELECTRICAL ELECTRONICS ENGINEERS INC | Published : 2003

Abstract

We propose and demonstrate a new bidirectional optical add-drop multiplexer (BOADM) with gain based on multiport optical circulators and fiber Bragg gratings. The BOADM incorporates a single unidirectional optical amplifier and can flexibly accommodate asymmetric traffic. The device achieves more than 13 dB of bidirectional gain and has low in-band crosstalk (below -45 dB) and low out-of-band crosstalk (below -30 dB). Moreover, the device removes Rayleigh backscattered light and out-of-band amplified spontaneous emission noise. The power penalty is negligible for all through and add-drop channels in both directions when the BOADM is used in a 6 × 10 Gb/s bidirectional wavelength-division-mul..

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