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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 22 — Oct. 26, 2009
  • pp: 20584–20597

Theoretical Study of the Spurious-Free Dynamic Range of a Tunable Delay Line based on Slow Light in SOA

Perrine Berger, Jérôme Bourderionnet, Mehdi Alouini, Fabien Bretenaker, and Daniel Dolfi  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 22, pp. 20584-20597 (2009)

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We developed a predictive model describing harmonic generation and intermodulation distortions in semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOAs). This model takes into account the variations of the saturation parameters along the propagation axis inside the SOA, and uses a rigorous expression of the gain oscillations harmonics. We derived the spurious-free dynamic range (SFDR) of a slow light delay line based on coherent population oscillation (CPO) effects, in a frequency range covering radar applications (from 40kHz up to 30GHz), and for a large range of injected currents. The influence of the high order distortions in the input microwave spectrum is discussed, and in particular, an interpretation of the SFDR improvement of a Mach-Zehnder modulator by CPOs effects in a SOA is given.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(070.1170) Fourier optics and signal processing : Analog optical signal processing
(250.5980) Optoelectronics : Semiconductor optical amplifiers
(190.4223) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear wave mixing

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Original Manuscript: July 29, 2009
Revised Manuscript: October 14, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: October 17, 2009
Published: October 23, 2009

Perrine Berger, Jérôme Bourderionnet, Mehdi Alouini, Fabien Bretenaker, and Daniel Dolfi, "Theoretical Study of the Spurious-Free Dynamic Range of a Tunable Delay Line based on Slow Light in SOA," Opt. Express 17, 20584-20597 (2009)

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