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We experimentally study the wavelength conversion of 10-Gb/s return-to-zero signal using interband four-wave mixing inside a semiconductor optical amplifier with 10-ps gain-recovery time. Power of the converted signal exceeds that of the original signal for wavelength shifts of up to 8 nm. Our technique is energy efficient as the required input pump power is <; 1 mW . We discuss the observed performance of such a wavelength converter in terms of required pump power, conversion efficiency, and optical signal-to-noise ratio of the converted signal. For an 8-nm wavelength shift, the converted data signal exhibits no Q-factor degradation while having 2.7-dB power gain.
Date of Publication: Jan.1, 2013