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Numerical Analysis of Gain Saturation, Noise Figure, and Carrier Distribution for Quantum-Dot Semiconductor-Optical Amplifiers

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2 Author(s)
Jin-Long Xiao ; State Key Lab. on Integrated Optoelectron., Chinese Acad. of Sci., Beijing ; Yong-Zhen Huang

The gain saturation behaviors and noise figure are numerically analyzed for quantum-dot semiconductor optical amplifiers (QD-SOAs). The carrier and photon distributions in the longitudinal direction as well as the photon energy dependent facet reflectivity are accounted in the rate equations, which are solved with output amplified spontaneous emission spectrum as iterative variables. The longitudinal distributions of the occupation probabilities and spectral-hole burning are presented for electrons in the excited and ground states of quantum dots. The saturation output power 19.7 dBm and device gain 20.6 dB are obtained for a QD-SOA with the cavity length of 6 mm at the bias current of 500 mA. The influences of the electron intradot relaxation time and the QD capture time on the gain spectrum are simulated with the relaxation time of 1, 30, and 60 ps and capture time of 1, 5, and 10 ps. The noise figure as low as 3.5 dB is expected due to the strong polarization sensitive spontaneous emission. The characteristics of gain saturation and noise figure versus input signal power for QD-SOAs are similar to that of semiconductor linear optical amplifiers with gain clamping by vertical laser fields.

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Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:44 ,  Issue: 5 )

Date of Publication:

May 2008

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