optical circulator as a bidirectional one fiber solution

Baldur Norddahl baldur.norddahl at gmail.com
Tue Aug 7 19:46:03 UTC 2018


Hello

There is a lack of bidirectional one fiber (BIDI) options for 40G and 
100G optics. Usually BIDI is implemented using two CWDM wavelengths, one 
for tx and one for rx. However there is also a lack of CWDM and DWDM 
options for 40G and 100G.

Would it be possible to use an optical circulator like this one 
(customized to 1310 nm)?

https://www.fs.com/de/en/products/33364.html

Combined with a traditional two fiber 1310 nm 10 km 40G QSFP module like 
this: https://www.fs.com/de/en/products/24422.html

The link distance would be 5 km.

The optical circulator separates tx and rx by the direction the light 
travels in. It would work even though both directions use the same 
wavelength. There will likely be some reflection but hopefully 
attenuated enough that it is regarded as background noise.

Has anyone done this? Any reason it would not work?

Regards,

Baldur



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