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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 5 — Mar. 5, 2007
  • pp: 2541–2547

Effects of polarization dependent gain and dynamic birefringence of the SOA on the performance of the ultrafast nonlinear interferometer gate

P. Honzatko, A. Kumpera, and P. Skoda  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 5, pp. 2541-2547 (2007)

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The model of ultrafast nonlinear interferometer gate accounting for the polarization dependent gain and dynamic birefringence has been developed. It is shown that these effects can lead to appearance of the satellite pulses and limit the achievable extinction ratio. The effect of dynamic birefringence can be completely eliminated by proper adjustment of SOA axes but it can strongly impair the performance of the gate when the axes are misaligned. The switching window should not be set to half of a bit-period to avoid interference of the satellites of neighbor pulses.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
(230.1150) Optical devices : All-optical devices
(230.4320) Optical devices : Nonlinear optical devices
(250.5980) Optoelectronics : Semiconductor optical amplifiers

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: October 31, 2006
Revised Manuscript: January 23, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: February 13, 2007
Published: March 5, 2007

P. Honzatko, A. Kumpera, and P. Skoda, "Effects of polarization dependent gain and dynamic birefringence of the SOA on the performance of the ultrafast nonlinear interferometer gate," Opt. Express 15, 2541-2547 (2007)

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