Time and Frequency Dissemination in an All-optical Coherent Fiber Communication Network

Sven-Christian Ebenhag, Per Olof Hedekvist, Stefan Liström, Magnus Bergroth

Abstract: A nationwide fiber optic communication network utilizing state-of-the-art technologies with data modulation both in the polarization and in multi-level amplitude and phase is being deployed in Sweden. The network is operated by the Swedish University computer Network, and connects all universities and several research facilities in the country through redundant connections. Since there is a limited amount of clients connected to the network, each client will be assigned a personal wavelength. With a network that is all-optical through an advanced utilization of dynamically reconfigurable optical add and drop multiplexers, each wavelength can theoretically be connected to any other client within the network, enabling broadcasting on allocated wavelengths. The coherent modulation formats also enables signal recovery through electronic digital signal processing after detection, and no optical dispersion compensation is thereby installed. This new network scheme enables a brand new implementation of frequency and time dissemination in the network. The omission of dispersion compensation fibers enhances the symmetry in duplex fiber pair transmission. These optical add-drop installations allow for future efficient frequency and time signal broadcasting from reference nodes operated by distributors such as SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden to users connected to the network.
Published in: Proceedings of the 48th Annual Precise Time and Time Interval Systems and Applications Meeting
January 30 - 2, 2017
Hyatt Regency Monterey
Monterey, California
Pages: 306 - 311
Cite this article: Ebenhag, Sven-Christian, Hedekvist, Per Olof, Liström, Stefan, Bergroth, Magnus, "Time and Frequency Dissemination in an All-optical Coherent Fiber Communication Network," Proceedings of the 48th Annual Precise Time and Time Interval Systems and Applications Meeting, Monterey, California, January 2017, pp. 306-311. https://doi.org/10.33012/2017.14975
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