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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 25 — Sep. 1, 2009
  • pp: F82–F89

Gain-controlled semiconductor optical preamplifier for the 100 G b i t / s 40 km Ethernet receiver

Ramon Gutierrez-Castrejon, Victor Dolores-Calzadilla, and Marcus Duelk  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 25, pp. F82-F89 (2009)

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A numerical investigation of the performance of an automatic gain-controlled semiconductor optical preamplified receiver for a 4 × 25 Gbit s / s wavelength division multiplexing transmission system with a 0–40 km reach is presented. We show that the control scheme acting on the semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) gain increases the input power dynamic range of the optical receiver, thus allowing the transmission system to operate error free regardless of fiber length. In contrast, a fixed-gain optical receiver shows poor performance that is due to SOA nonlinearity and photodiode overload, which are well captured by the corresponding simulation models. The device represents a practical alternative to the next-generation high-speed Ethernet technology.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(040.5160) Detectors : Photodetectors
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications
(250.0250) Optoelectronics : Optoelectronics
(250.5980) Optoelectronics : Semiconductor optical amplifiers

ToC Category:
High Speed Compontents and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: February 2, 2009
Revised Manuscript: June 18, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: July 1, 2009
Published: July 16, 2009

Ramon Gutierrez-Castrejon, Victor Dolores-Calzadilla, and Marcus Duelk, "Gain-controlled semiconductor optical preamplifier for the 100 Gbit/s 40 km Ethernet receiver," Appl. Opt. 48, F82-F89 (2009)

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