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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 14 — Jul. 9, 2007
  • pp: 9096–9106

Analysis on dynamic characteristics of semiconductor optical amplifiers with certain facet reflection based on detailed wideband model

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

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 14, pp. 9096-9106 (2007)

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Dynamic characteristics of semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOAs) with certain facet reflection in different operation conditions are theoretically investigated with a detailed wideband model. Influences of different facets reflectivities are numerically simulated for different lengths of active regions. The results indicate that the gain recovery time can be reduced to 50% of the initial value while the other related characteristics are optimized for appropriate facets reflections. A half reflective semiconductor optical amplifier (HR-SOA) with a cleaved facet on rear facet and an antireflection coating on front facet can speed up the gain recovery with easy realization and low cost. The related characteristics of this structure are evaluated. It’s also indicated that the gain recovery has further potential to be reduced as low as twenties picoseconds for a long active region.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(250.5980) Optoelectronics : Semiconductor optical amplifiers

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Original Manuscript: March 2, 2007
Revised Manuscript: June 1, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: June 25, 2007
Published: July 9, 2007

Enbo Zhou, Xinliang Zhang, and Dexiu Huang, "Analysis on dynamic characteristics of semiconductor optical amplifiers with certain facet reflection based on detailed wideband model," Opt. Express 15, 9096-9106 (2007)

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