Abstract

To extend the buffer depth of a fiber loop optical buffer, we have experimentally demonstrated an enhanced semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA)-based dual-loop optical buffer (DLOB) for storing variable-length optical packets. We have theoretically derived constraints governing the buffer depth of the DLOB, in which the SOA not only provides a nonlinear phase shift in the loop to implement the buffer function but also compensates for the fiber loop attenuation during long-time storage. It is found that the maximum allowable length of a stored packet to avoid the counter-propagation packet collision inside the SOA depends on the SOA bias position as well as the length of the fiber loop. To demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed enhanced configuration, we have successfully demonstrated the storage of 2.5-Gbps variable-length packets even when the length of the input packet exceeds the corresponding length of the fiber loop. Another unique advantage of the proposed enhanced DLOB configuration is that it can also overcome the problem of power leakage of the stored packet due to a directional gain difference of single SOA and gain saturation.

© 2008 IEEE

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