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Novel design for noise controlled semiconductor optical amplifier

Philippe, Severine and Surre, Frederic and Carney, Kevin and Lennox, Robert and Bradley, Ann Louise and Landais, Pascal (2009) Novel design for noise controlled semiconductor optical amplifier. In: ICTON 2009 - 11th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks, 28 June 2009 - 2 July 2009 , Azores. ISBN 978-1-4244-4827-2

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The use of semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOA) in optical communications networks has so far been limited due to their inherent large noise figure (NF) compared to Erbium Doped Fibre Amplifiers. Therefore improvement of the noise performance of SOAs is critical to their widespread adoption in future networks. We propose to reduce the NF of the SOA by introducing a lasing cavity lateral to the axis of amplification of the device. The carrier density within the cavity is clamped at the lasing threshold. It is thus possible to engineer the carrier density distribution along the active waveguide by controlling the cavity design. According to our simulations, some of the cavity designs lead to a reduction of the noise figure in this novel SOA.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Invited Talk)
Event Type:Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords:semiconductor optical amplifier; noise; optical communications;
Subjects:Engineering > Optical communication
Physical Sciences > Semiconductors
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Electronic Engineering
Published in:11th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks 2009. . Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. ISBN 978-1-4244-4827-2
Publisher:Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
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Copyright Information:©2009 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the IEEE.
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