Pump-probe detuning dependence of four-wave mixing pulse in an SOA
Kennedy, Brendan F. and Bondarczuk, Krzysztof and Barry, Liam P. (2007) Pump-probe detuning dependence of four-wave mixing pulse in an SOA. IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, 19 (24). pp. 2033-2035. ISSN 1041-1135
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Four-wave mixing (FWM) between 2-ps pulses in a multiquantum-well semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) is presented. The conjugate pulses are fully characterized using the frequency-resolved optical gating technique. The detuning between the pump and probe is varied, leading to a compression of the FWM signal from 3.71 to 2.77 ps as the detuning is increased from 5 to 25 nm. The output conjugate pulse is always broader than the injected probe signal due to gain saturation effects. A reshaping of the conjugate pulse is also measured. However, large nonlinearities are introduced to the frequency chirp across the pulse for large detunings which may degrade the performance of four-wave-mixing-based all-optical processing applications in SOAs.
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