Theory predicts that a two-pump fiber optical parametric amplifier or wavelength converter operated near the fiber zero-dispersion wavelength can exhibit a gain spectrum approximated by a Chebyshev polynomial of order 8. Under realistic conditions of pump spacing and fiber dispersion, very low-gain ripple can be obtained over a large bandwidth. For example, a dispersion-shifted fiber can provide a signal amplifier with a gain of 20 dB with 0.2-dB uniformity over a 45-nm bandwidth. Potential limitations are discussed.
© 1996 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: April 1, 1996
Published: September 1, 1996
M. E. Marhic, F. S. Yang, L. G. Kazovsky, and Y. Park, "Broadband fiber-optical parametric amplifiers and wavelength converters with low-ripple Chebyshev gain spectra," Opt. Lett. 21, 1354-1356 (1996)