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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 9 — Apr. 23, 2012
  • pp: 9657–9672

Linear semiconductor optical amplifiers for amplification of advanced modulation formats

R. Bonk, G. Huber, T. Vallaitis, S. Koenig, R. Schmogrow, D. Hillerkuss, R. Brenot, F. Lelarge, G.-H. Duan, S. Sygletos, C. Koos, W. Freude, and J. Leuthold  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 9, pp. 9657-9672 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.009657


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Abstract

The capability of semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOA) to amplify advanced optical modulation format signals is investigated. The input power dynamic range is studied and especially the impact of the SOA alpha factor is addressed. Our results show that the advantage of a lower alpha-factor SOA decreases for higher-order modulation formats. Experiments at 20 GBd BPSK, QPSK and 16QAM with two SOAs with different alpha factors are performed. Simulations for various modulation formats support the experimental findings.

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OCIS Codes
(060.1660) Fiber optics and optical communications : Coherent communications
(250.5980) Optoelectronics : Semiconductor optical amplifiers
(250.5590) Optoelectronics : Quantum-well, -wire and -dot devices

ToC Category:
Optoelectronics

History
Original Manuscript: February 22, 2012
Revised Manuscript: April 9, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: April 9, 2012
Published: April 12, 2012

Citation
R. Bonk, G. Huber, T. Vallaitis, S. Koenig, R. Schmogrow, D. Hillerkuss, R. Brenot, F. Lelarge, G.-H. Duan, S. Sygletos, C. Koos, W. Freude, and J. Leuthold, "Linear semiconductor optical amplifiers for amplification of advanced modulation formats," Opt. Express 20, 9657-9672 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-9-9657


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