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Journal of Lightwave Technology

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  • Vol. 22, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 2004
  • pp: 372–

Optical Signal Processing Based on Self-Induced Polarization Rotation in a Semiconductor Optical Amplifier

N. Calabretta, Y. Liu, F. M. Huijskens, M. T. Hill, H. de Waardt, G. D. Khoe, and H. J. S. Dorren

Journal of Lightwave Technology, Vol. 22, Issue 2, pp. 372- (2004)


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Abstract

We demonstrate novel optical signal processing functions based on self-induced nonlinear polarization rotation in a semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA). Numerical and experimental results are presented, which demonstrate that a nonlinear polarization switch can be employed to achieve all-optical logic. We demonstrate an all-optical header processing system, an all-optical seed pulse generator for packet synchronization, and an all-optical arbiter that can be employed for optical buffering at a bit rate of 10 Gb/s. Experimental results indicate that optical signal processing functions based on self-polarization rotation have a higher extinction ratio and a lower power operation compared with similar functions based on self-phase modulation.

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N. Calabretta, Y. Liu, F. M. Huijskens, M. T. Hill, H. de Waardt, G. D. Khoe, and H. J. S. Dorren, "Optical Signal Processing Based on Self-Induced Polarization Rotation in a Semiconductor Optical Amplifier," J. Lightwave Technol. 22, 372- (2004)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/jlt/abstract.cfm?URI=jlt-22-2-372

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