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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 4 — Feb. 19, 2007
  • pp: 1773–1782

Analysis of the dimensional dependence of semiconductor optical amplifier recovery speeds

Robin Giller, Robert J. Manning, Giuseppe Talli, Roderick P. Webb, and Michael J. Adams  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 4, pp. 1773-1782 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.15.001773


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Abstract

We investigate the dependence of the speed of recovery of optically excited semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOAs) on the active region dimensions. We use a picosecond pump-probe arrangement to experimentally measure and compare the gain and phase dynamics of four SOAs with varying active region dimensions. A sophisticated time domain SOA model incorporating amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) agrees well with the measurements and shows that, in the absence of a continuous wave (CW) beam, the ASE plays a similar role to such a holding beam. The experimental results are shown to be consistent with a recovery rate which is inversely proportional to the optical area. A significant speed increase is predicted for an appropriate choice of active region dimensions.

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OCIS Codes
(070.4340) Fourier optics and signal processing : Nonlinear optical signal processing
(250.5980) Optoelectronics : Semiconductor optical amplifiers
(300.6530) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, ultrafast
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Optoelectronics

History
Original Manuscript: November 27, 2006
Revised Manuscript: December 20, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: December 21, 2006
Published: February 19, 2007

Citation
Robin Giller, Robert J. Manning, Giuseppe Talli, Roderick P. Webb, and Michael J. Adams, "Analysis of the dimensional dependence of semiconductor optical amplifier recovery speeds," Opt. Express 15, 1773-1782 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-4-1773


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