Chip-based Brillouin processing for carrier recovery in coherent optical communications

25 Oct 2018  ·  Giacoumidis Elias, Choudhary Amol, Magi Eric, Marpaung David, Vu Khu, Ma Pan, Choi Duk-Yong, Madden Steve, Corcoran Bill, Pelusi Mark, Eggleton Benjamin J. ·

Modern fiber-optic coherent communications employ advanced spectrally-efficient modulation formats that require sophisticated narrow linewidth local oscillators (LOs) and complex digital signal processing (DSP). Here, we establish a novel approach to carrier recovery harnessing large-gain stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) on a photonic chip for up to 116.82 Gbit/sec self-coherent optical signals, eliminating the need for a separate LO... In contrast to SBS processing on-fiber, our solution provides phase and polarization stability while the narrow SBS linewidth allows for a record-breaking small guardband of ~265 MHz, resulting in higher spectral-efficiency than benchmark self-coherent schemes. This approach reveals comparable performance to state-of-the-art coherent optical receivers without requiring advanced DSP. Our demonstration develops a low-noise and frequency-preserving filter that synchronously regenerates a low-power narrowband optical tone that could relax the requirements on very-high-order modulation signaling and be useful in long-baseline interferometry for precision optical timing or reconstructing a reference tone for quantum-state measurements. read more

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