Low noise frequency comb carriers for 64-QAM via a Brillouin comb amplifier

Mark Pelusi*, Amol Choudhary, Takashi Inoue, David Marpaung, Benjamin J. Eggleton, Karen Solis-Trapala, Hung Nguyen Tan, Shu Namiki

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Optical frequency comb lines with poor carrier to noise ratio (CNR) are significantly improved by Brillouin amplification using its extreme narrow bandwidth gain to suppress out of band noise, enabling higher quality signal modulation. Its application to spectral lines of narrow 10 GHz pitch and poor CNR is shown to suppress the otherwise strong phase distortion caused by poor CNR after encoding with 96 Gb/s DP-64-QAM signals and restore the bit error rate (BER) to below the limit for standard forward error correction (FEC). This is also achieved with the required frequency shifted optical pump for amplification obtained by seeding it from the comb itself, sparing the need for lasers and frequency locking. Simultaneous CNR improvement for 38 comb lines is also achieved with BER restored to below the FEC limit, enabled by a multi-line pump that is pre-dispersed to suppress its spectral distortion from the Kerr effect in the gain medium. Carrier performance at minimum BER shows minimal noise impact from the Brillouin amplifier itself. The results highlight the unique advantage of Brillouin gain for phase sensitive communications in transforming otherwise noisy spectral lines into useful high quality signal carriers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17847-17863
Number of pages17
JournalOptics express
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes


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