Abstract

We experimentally demonstrate a scalable and reconfigurable optical tapped-delay-line (TDL) for multichannel equalization and correlation of 20-Gbaud quadrature-phase-shift-keyed (QPSK) signals using nonlinear wave mixing and a microresonator Kerr frequency comb. The optical TDL mainly consists of two stages: one being a multicasting of the original signals in a periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN) waveguide with Kerr comb lines functioning as mutually coherent pumps, while the other is a coherent multiplexing of the delayed and weighted signal replicas in a second PPLN. A two- or three-tap optical TDL is demonstrated to simultaneously equalize a distorted QPSK data signal, reducing the error vector magnitude (EVM) from 22.5% to either 19.9% or 18.2%, and search two- or three-symbol patterns on another QPSK signal.

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