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  • Editor: C. Martijin de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 9 — Apr. 30, 2007
  • pp: 5288–5309

Spectrally flat and broadband double-pumped fiber optical parametric amplifiers

J. M. Chavez Boggio, J. D. Marconi, S. R. Bickham, and H. L. Fragnito  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 9, pp. 5288-5309 (2007)

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We study theoretically and experimentally spectrally flat and broadband double-pumped fiber-optical parametric amplifiers (2P-FOPAs). Closed formulas are derived for the gain ripple in 2P-FOPAs as a function of the pump wavelength separation and power, and the fiber non-linearity and fourth order dispersion coefficients. The impact of longitudinal random variations of the zero dispersion wavelength (λ0) on the gain flatness is investigated. Our theoretical findings are substantiated with experiments using conventional dispersion shifted fibers and highly nonlinear fibers (HNLFs). By using a HNLF having a low variation of λ0 we demonstrate high gain and flat spectrum (25 ± 1.5 dB) over 115 nm.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: February 5, 2007
Revised Manuscript: April 5, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: April 10, 2007
Published: April 16, 2007

J. M. Chavez Boggio, J. D. Marconi, S. R. Bickham, and H. L. Fragnito, "Spectrally flat and broadband double-pumped fiber optical parametric amplifiers," Opt. Express 15, 5288-5309 (2007)

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