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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry M. Van Driel
  • Vol. 24, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 2007
  • pp: 2647–2657

Evaluating characteristics of semiconductor optical amplifiers using optical pumping near the transparency

Enbo Zhou, Xinliang Zhang, and Dexiu Huang  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 24, Issue 10, pp. 2647-2657 (2007)

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The improved characteristics of semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOAs) with optical pumping near the transparency (OPNT) are evaluated, and its improving mechanisms are analyzed. The characteristics of saturation behaviors, noise figures, signal-to-noise ratio, and gain recovery time are greatly improved by OPNT, especially for the counterpropagating scheme. The impacts of different wavelengths of a holding beam from absorption to the gain region are investigated contrastively. The maximum value of the small signal gain recovery time is obtained at the transparency wavelength. Also, the quality of the output eye patterns of a cross-gain modulation (XGM) system has been greatly improved by using OPNT, especially for the signal beyond 10 Gbit s .

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OCIS Codes
(250.5980) Optoelectronics : Semiconductor optical amplifiers
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: January 2, 2007
Revised Manuscript: May 31, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: July 20, 2007
Published: September 19, 2007

Enbo Zhou, Xinliang Zhang, and Dexiu Huang, "Evaluating characteristics of semiconductor optical amplifiers using optical pumping near the transparency," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 24, 2647-2657 (2007)

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