An all-optical device containing saturable gain, saturable loss, and unsaturable loss is shown to transform weak, distorted optical pulses into uniform standard-shape pulses. The proposed device performs thresholding, amplification, and pulse shaping as required from an optical repeater. It is shown that such a device could be realized by existing semiconductor technology.
© 1986 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: November 29, 1985
Manuscript Accepted: March 31, 1986
Published: June 1, 1986
Y. Silberberg, "All-optical repeater," Opt. Lett. 11, 392-394 (1986)