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All-optical wavelength conversion and signal regeneration based on cross-absorption modulation in an InGaAsP quantum well electroabsorption modulator (EAM) is studied at different bit rates. We present theoretical results showing wavelength conversion efficiency in agreement with existing experimental results, and the signal regeneration capability of the device is investigated. In particular, we demonstrate the dependence of the extinction ratio of both the converted signal and the control signal on the device length and on the power level of the control signal. We also show how the sweep-out dynamics influences the results.
Date of Publication: Aug. 2000