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We report the first demonstration of a high-power semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) based on the slab-coupled optical waveguide concept. This concept allows the realization of SOAs having large fundamental optical modes, low loss, and small optical confinement factor. These attributes support large output saturation power, long length for efficient heat removal, and direct butt-coupling to single-mode fibers. The 1.5-μm InGaAsP-InP quantum-well amplifier described here has a length of 1 cm, 1/e2 intensity widths of 4 μm (vertical) and 8 μm (horizontal), a fiber-to-fiber gain of 13 dB, and a fiber-coupled output saturation power of 630 mW (+28 dBm). The measured butt-coupling efficiency between the amplifier and SMF-28 is 55%. Thus, the output saturation power of the amplifier itself is approximately 1.1 W (+31 dBm).