Design of a variable optical attenuator with wavelength selectivity

Design of a variable optical attenuator with wavelength selectivity We propose a theoretical design of a high-speed wavelength-selective variable optical attenuator (VOA) constructed by a waveguide-type Raman amplifier and two directional couplers. The VOA can attenuate each incident WDM wavelength individually and simultaneously in a few tens of picoseconds by applying the corresponding pumping wavelength to the Raman amplifier. We define two operation modes, which may allow the attenuation ratio to decrease or increase by increasing the amplification rate of the Raman amplifier. The profile of the attenuation curves of the two operation modes can be flexibly determined by properly selecting the phase angles of the directional couplers. The guidelines to determine these phase angles of the two directional couplers are provided after the operational analyses. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Photonic Network Communications Springer Journals

Design of a variable optical attenuator with wavelength selectivity

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Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2009 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Subject
Computer Science; Characterization and Evaluation of Materials; Electrical Engineering; Computer Communication Networks
ISSN
1387-974X
eISSN
1572-8188
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11107-009-0238-2
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Abstract

We propose a theoretical design of a high-speed wavelength-selective variable optical attenuator (VOA) constructed by a waveguide-type Raman amplifier and two directional couplers. The VOA can attenuate each incident WDM wavelength individually and simultaneously in a few tens of picoseconds by applying the corresponding pumping wavelength to the Raman amplifier. We define two operation modes, which may allow the attenuation ratio to decrease or increase by increasing the amplification rate of the Raman amplifier. The profile of the attenuation curves of the two operation modes can be flexibly determined by properly selecting the phase angles of the directional couplers. The guidelines to determine these phase angles of the two directional couplers are provided after the operational analyses.

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Photonic Network CommunicationsSpringer Journals

Published: Dec 20, 2009

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