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Non-white photodetection noise at the output of an optical amplifier: theory and experiment

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2 Author(s)
Guang-Hua, Duan. ; Ecole Nat. Superieure des Telecommun., Paris, France ; Georgiev, E.

Based on the statistical properties of amplified spontaneous emission, the photodetection noise spectrum at the output of an optical amplifier is calculated. The results revealed that the signal-spontaneous emission beat noise spectrum is a transposition of the spontaneous-emission spectrum to the low-frequency domain, and the spontaneous emission-spontaneous emission beat noise spectrum is the auto-correlation function of the spontaneous-emission spectrum. These theoretical results are verified experimentally on an erbium-doped fiber amplifier, filtered by a Mach-Zehnder interferometer.

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Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:37 ,  Issue: 8 )

Date of Publication:

Aug. 2001

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