Photonic Fast Packet Switch with Gain,
MELBOURNE UNIV PARKVILLE (AUSTRALIA)
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We demonstrate self-routing of optical data through a photonic packet switch with optical gain. A semiconductor optical amplifier is used to simultaneously amplify packets and detect address headers. The system described here uses a hybrid of optical switching and electronic control which results in a flexible system combining the advantages of both technologies. The switch is transparent to the bandwidth of the optical data thus allowing essentially unlimited payload bit rate. The user data rate in the present experiment is 1.24 Gbs.
- Electrooptical and Optoelectronic Devices