We propose the ultrahigh-speed demultiplexing of Nyquist OTDM signals using an optical Nyquist pulse as both a signal and a sampling pulse in an all-optical nonlinear switch. The narrow spectral width of the Nyquist pulses means that the spectral overlap between data and control pulses is greatly reduced, and the control pulse itself can be made more tolerant to dispersion and nonlinear distortions inside the nonlinear switch. We apply the Nyquist control pulse to the 640 to 40 Gbaud demultiplexing of DPSK and DQPSK signals using a nonlinear optical loop mirror (NOLM), and demonstrate a large performance improvement compared with conventional Gaussian control pulses. We also show that the optimum spectral profile of the Nyquist control pulse depends on the walk-off property of the NOLM.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics