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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 20 — Oct. 15, 2012
  • pp: 4251–4253

Photonic generation of ultrawideband signals based on frequency-dependent gain saturation in a reflective semiconductor optical amplifier

Gang Chen and Shilong Pan  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 20, pp. 4251-4253 (2012)

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A novel scheme to generate ultrawideband (UWB) pulses with different polarities is proposed and experimentally demonstrated based on a reflective semiconductor optical amplifier (RSOA). Because the gain saturation in the RSOA is more evident when the injected optical signal has a lower modulation frequency, the RSOA operated at the gain saturation regime can shape a dark or bright return-to-zero pulse to a UWB pulse. An experiment is performed. The fractional bandwidth of the generated UWB pulse is more than 89%. The generated UWB signals with on-off keying format are transmitted in a 20 km single-mode fiber. The power penalty is less than 1.2 dB. Since the RSOA is possibly a key device in wavelength-division multiplexed passive optical networks (WDM-PONs), the proposed optical UWB generator can be used to provide UWB services in a WDM-PON system without significantly increasing the cost.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2360) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics links and subsystems
(070.1170) Fourier optics and signal processing : Analog optical signal processing
(060.5625) Fiber optics and optical communications : Radio frequency photonics

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: July 17, 2012
Revised Manuscript: September 1, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: September 6, 2012
Published: October 9, 2012

Gang Chen and Shilong Pan, "Photonic generation of ultrawideband signals based on frequency-dependent gain saturation in a reflective semiconductor optical amplifier," Opt. Lett. 37, 4251-4253 (2012)

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