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Modeling Optical System

Curtis R. Menyuk, Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Jonathan (Zhigang) Hu, Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
R. Joe Weiblen, Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
David Casale, Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
John Zweck, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Patrick Sykes, Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

The purpose of this project is to model a variety of complex optical systems. These include: optical fiber communications systems, nonlinear optical devces, optical waveguides – including optical fibers, and lasers.

There are numerous optical impairments on signals transmitted through optical fibers.  A reference timing signal will experience nonlinear coupling with neighboring channel signals, which causes frequency jitter.  Dispersion causes signal spreading in the time domain which affect zero crossings.  These simulations investigate the extent of these impairments on the timing signal.