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On the transmission performances and the chirp parameter of a multiple-quantum-well electroabsorption modulator

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2 Author(s)
Dorgeuille, F. ; France Telecom, CNET, Bagneux, France ; Devaux, F.

The chirp parameter of a multiple-quantum-well (MQW) electroabsorption modulator was measured with accuracy for several operating wavelengths in the 1.5 μm window. It varied strongly with applied bias. Effective chirp parameter, defined as the ratio of phase change to transmission change between modulator on and off states, is about zero, or even negative. However, experimental transmission length on standard fiber at 10 Gb/s NRZ is much smaller than what is expected for such a low chirp parameter. It is demonstrated that the effective chirp parameter should not be computed from changes between on and off states, but from the average of the chirp parameter values in a 3 dB region of the most transparent states of the modulator. This simple rule allows us to predict transmission performances based on measurements of the chirp parameter, and can be used to optimize optical components without actually experimenting on a transmission system. The effective chirp parameter of the MQW electroabsorption modulator is found positive. This should be intrinsic to red-shift electroabsorption effects, such as the quantum confined Stark effect

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Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:30 ,  Issue: 11 )