Modeling dynamic behavior of erbium-doped fiber amplifiers in all-optical ring networks

D.T. van Veen, B.H. Sikken, F.N. Krommendijk, A.M.J. Koonen

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    Erbium doped fiber amplifiers (EDFAs) are often used in multiwavelength networks. When these networks are reconfigured or when wavelength-channel failures occur, cross-gain modulation in the amplifiers causes power- fluctuations of the remaining channels. Up to now only result of dynamic models of a single EDFA and chains of EDFAs were presented in literature. We investigated the dynamic gain-behavior of EDFAs placed in a ring-network with respect to the effect of recirculating fluctuating crosstalk. For this purpose we implemented the electrical equivalent of an analytical dynamic EDFA-model into SPICE. Also optical add-drop multiplexer (OADM) functionality was transformed into an electrical equivalent. Rings and chains based on 1 to 9 OADMs, with an EDFA in each node were modelled. In the simulations two wavelength-channels were added and dropped, and the effect of a failure of one channel was investigated by monitoring the power of the remaining channel. We found that the rising-speed of the remaining channel power increases with the pass to drop power-ratio (which is actually the crosstalk to signal power-ratio, XSR). This means that a gain control to compensate for the power-fluctuations needs to be faster when EDFAs are configured in a ring-structure instead of a chain with the same number of EDFAs. The dynamic behavior of EDFAs in a ring-structure converges to that of EDFAs in a chain when the XSR reaches zero.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAll-Optical Networking: Architecture, Control and Management Issues
    EditorsJohn M. Senior, Chunming Qiao
    Place of PublicationBoston, MA, USA
    ISBN (Print)0-8194-2992-9
    Publication statusPublished - 21 Feb 1998
    EventPhotonics East (ISAM, VVDC, IEMB) 1998 - Boston, United States
    Duration: 1 Nov 19986 Nov 1998

    Publication series

    NameProceedings of SPIE


    ConferencePhotonics East (ISAM, VVDC, IEMB) 1998
    Country/TerritoryUnited States


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