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Efficiency of broadband four-wave mixing wavelength conversion using semiconductor traveling-wave amplifiers

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6 Author(s)
Zhou, Jianhui ; Dept. of Appl. Phys., California Inst. of Technol., Pasadena, CA, USA ; Park, Namkyoo ; Dawson, Jay W. ; Vahala, K.J.
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We present a theoretical analysis and experimental measurements of broadband optical wavelength conversion by four-wave mixing in semiconductor traveling-wave amplifiers. In the theoretical analysis, we obtain an analytical expression for the conversion efficiency. In the experiments, both up and down-conversion efficiencies are measured as a function of wavelength shift for shifts up to 27 nm. The experimental data are well explained by the theoretical calculation. The observed higher conversion efficiency for wavelength down-conversion is believed to be caused by phase interferences that exist between various mechanisms contributing to the four-wave mixing process.<>

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Photonics Technology Letters, IEEE  (Volume:6 ,  Issue: 1 )