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Impact of Operational Parameters on Optimum Performance of SOA-Based Differential-Mode Wavelength Converters

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3 Author(s)
Kumar, S. ; Southern California Univ., Los Angeles ; Zhang, B. ; Willner, A.E.

This letter investigates the interdependencies of the operational parameters of semiconductor-optical-amplifier-based differential mode wavelength converters. Through numerical simulations, we relate the optimum device response to temporal phase variations in the two arms of the Mach-Zehnder interferometer and propose design guidelines for enhanced performance. Fundamental differences between the delayed-interference signal converter and differential cross-phase-modulation configurations are highlighted indicating that dynamic optimization of the phase-bias based on the input signal's extinction ratio can improve the regenerative performance.

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Photonics Technology Letters, IEEE  (Volume:19 ,  Issue: 19 )

Date of Publication:

Oct.1, 2007

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