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Applications of traveling-wave laser amplifiers in subcarrier multiplexed lightwave systems

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3 Author(s)
W. I. Way ; Bellcore, Red Bank, NJ, USA ; C. -E. Zah ; T. -p. Lee

Describes applications of traveling-wave laser amplifiers (TWLAs) in subcarrier-multiplexed distribution systems for both frequency-modulated (FM) and amplitude-modulated vestigial-sideband (AM-VSB) video signal distribution. The characteristics of a 1300-nm facet-angled and antireflection-coated TWLA are described. Analytical carrier-to-noise ratio (CNR) characterizations of subcarrier-multiplexed systems employing TWLAs are given. Experimental results of using TWLAs in multichannel FM and AM-VSB video signal systems are described. The potential optical-reflection problems associated with the residual reflectivities of optical fiber connectors and splices while using TWLAs are briefly described

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IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques  (Volume:38 ,  Issue: 5 )