All-optical picosecond-pulse packet buffer based on four-wave mixing loading and intracavity soliton control

Lijun Wang*, Anjali Agarwal, Yikai Su, Prem Kumar

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Abstract

We report an all-optical packet buffer that is based on four-wave mixing loading and intracavity soliton pulse control. The target data packet consisting of picosecond pulses is loaded into the storage-buffer cavity by means of four-wave mixing with the pump pulses and stored at the corresponding idler wavelength. We stabilize the timing and amplitude of the stored idler pulses by applying intracavity all-optical soliton control. This is accomplished by combining the synchronous parametric-gain modulation achieved inside a pulse-pumped nonlinear-optical-loop mirror with the intensity discrimination provided by a nonlinear-amplifying-loop mirror. A 20 Gbit/s-packet pattern is loaded and stored for up to several seconds, corresponding to millions of circulations of the packet within the buffer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)614-619
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics
Volume38
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2002

Keywords

  • Buffer memories
  • Nonlinear optics
  • Optical fiber communication
  • Optical fiber devices
  • Optical mixing
  • Optical parametric amplifiers
  • Optical solitons

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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