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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Editor: Henry van Driel
  • Vol. 27, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 2010
  • pp: 168–178

Theoretical investigation of the role of optically induced carrier pulsations in wave mixing in semiconductor optical amplifiers

Simeon N. Kaunga-Nyirenda, Michal P. Dlubek, Andrew J. Phillips, Jun Jun Lim, Eric C. Larkins, and Slawomir Sujecki  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 27, Issue 2, pp. 168-178 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.27.000168


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Abstract

A theoretical investigation of the role of interband effects in wave mixing in semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOA) is reported. Carrier density modulation (CDM) caused by optical wave beating in SOAs is examined along with its dependence on different operating parameters. Unlike most wave mixing theories, in which the existence and form of carrier pulsations are assumed a priori, we model the carrier dynamics and optical propagation in the time domain directly without invoking such an assumption. The dependence of CDM on the bias current, input power, and detuning between the pump and probe waves is investigated. Selected simulation results are verified experimentally. Good qualitative agreement is obtained between simulations and experiments for nearly degenerate wave mixing (restricted to 3 GHz by experimental limitations).

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OCIS Codes
(190.5970) Nonlinear optics : Semiconductor nonlinear optics including MQW
(250.5980) Optoelectronics : Semiconductor optical amplifiers
(190.4223) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear wave mixing

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: September 4, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: October 26, 2009
Published: January 7, 2010

Citation
Simeon N. Kaunga-Nyirenda, Michal P. Dlubek, Andrew J. Phillips, Jun Jun Lim, Eric C. Larkins, and Slawomir Sujecki, "Theoretical investigation of the role of optically induced carrier pulsations in wave mixing in semiconductor optical amplifiers," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 27, 168-178 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-27-2-168


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