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Optics Express

  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 1 — Jan. 9, 2006
  • pp: 331–347

Experimental and theoretical investigation of the impact of ultra-fast carrier dynamics on highspeed SOA-based all-optical switches

Mads L. Nielsen, Jesper MØrk, Rei Suzuki, Jun Sakaguchi, and Yoshiyasu Ueno  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 1, pp. 331-347 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OPEX.14.000331


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Abstract

The impact of ultra-fast carrier dynamics in semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOAs) on switches based on cross-gain and cross-phase modulation is analyzed theoretically and experimentally. We find that ultra-fast effects lead to additional spectral broadening, which improves the optical signal-to-noise ratio for switches based on an SOA and an optical filter. For such switches, the influence of ultra-fast effects on the so-called nonlinear patterning effect is analyzed for three filter configurations: the asymmetric Mach-Zehnder interferometer (AMZI), a band-pass filter (BPF), and a cascade of an AMZI and a BPF. We conclude that fast carrier dynamics dramatically reduces nonlinear patterning and that the successful high-speed (>100 Gb/s) demonstrations in the literature rely on these effects.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications
(230.1150) Optical devices : All-optical devices
(250.5980) Optoelectronics : Semiconductor optical amplifiers

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Optoelectronics

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Mads L. Nielsen, Jesper Mørk, Rei Suzuki, Jun Sakaguchi, and Yoshiyasu Ueno, "Experimental and theoretical investigation of the impact of ultra-fast carrier dynamics on high-speed SOA-based all-optical switches," Opt. Express 14, 331-347 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-1-331


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