We propose and theoretically analyze a novel transmitter emitting <i>m</i> wavelength-division multiplexed and independently modulated optical signals. The transmitter is based on an extended cavity formed by <i>m</i> wavelength-agnostic reflective semiconductor optical amplifiers (one for each wavelength) on one end and a single modulation-averaging reflector on the other end of the cavity. We show that optimally designed modulation-averaging reflectors can efficiently change the intensity probability density function from bound bit-stream modulation to a normal distribution and thereby improve signal-to-noise ratio of all emitted optical signals. This improvement may potentially allow the realization of cost-efficient wavelength division multiplexing passive optical networks (WDM-PON).
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Tin Komljenović, Dubravko Babić, and Zvonimir Šipuš, "Modulation-Averaging Reflectors for Extended-Cavity Optical Sources," J. Lightwave Technol. 29, 2249-2258 (2011)