Abstract

We investigate the performance of a reconfigurable all-optical add drop multiplexer (ROADM) architecture, that is suitable of supporting high-order regular and offset based QAM signals. The design is based on a highly modular interferometric, structure, in which OFDMA sub-channels remain in the optical domain. Sub-channel extraction is achieved via waveform splitting and coherent subtraction. Numerical studies have been carried out to validate performance and optimize critical parameters of the add/drop process. Particularly, input parameters like the signal extinction ratio, pulse rise time, switching window, and input power levels have been optimized for single sub-carrier add/drop operation, from an OFDM super-channel comprising seven optical sub-carriers with 10 GHz spacing. Results have shown that the proposed ROADM architecture can accommodate and process both regular and offset based high-order QAM signals.

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