We present a data-fidelity metric for quantifying distortion in slow-light optical pulse delay devices. We demonstrate the utility of this metric by applying it to the performance optimization of gain-based slow-light delay systems for Gaussian and super-Gaussian pulses. Symmetric Lorentzian double-line and triple-line gain systems are optimized and achieve maximum delay of 1.5 and 1.7 times the single-line gain system delay, respectively. The resulting double-line gain system design is qualitatively similar to the double-line gain system designed with a previous metric, but is tuned specifically to constrain data fidelity.
© 2007 Optical Society of America
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications
Original Manuscript: February 23, 2007
Revised Manuscript: May 8, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: July 20, 2007
Published: September 5, 2007
Ravi Pant, Michael D. Stenner, Mark A. Neifeld, Zhimin Shi, Robert W. Boyd, and Daniel J. Gauthier, "Maximizing the opening of eye diagrams for slow-light systems," Appl. Opt. 46, 6513-6519 (2007)