Data bit distortion induced by slow light in optical communication systems

Alan E. Willner, Lin Zhang, Ting Luo, Changyuan Yu, Wen Zhang, Yan Wang

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Slow-light components will degrade the data bits in an optical communication system due to narrow-band amplitude and phase responses. A bit-pattern dependence is produced in the output data stream. These effects are observed in simulation as well as in an experiment based on slow light induced by stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) in an optical fiber. We define figure of merit involving pulse delay and data degradation to optimize slow-light components. It is demonstrated experimentally and numerically that the pattern dependence can be reduced by detuning the slow-light devices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvanced Optical and Quantum Memories and Computing III
Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventAdvanced Optical and Quantum Memories and Computing III - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: 24 Jan 200625 Jan 2006


ConferenceAdvanced Optical and Quantum Memories and Computing III
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose, CA


  • Optical buffer
  • Optical communication
  • Pattern dependence
  • Slow light
  • Stimulated Brillouin scattering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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