Using a semiconductor optical amplifier integrated with a pump laser for mid-span spectral inversion and wavelength conversion

M.F.C. Stephens, D. Nesset, K.A. Williams, R.V. Penty, I.H. White

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A semiconductor optical amplifier monolithically integrated with a distributed feedback pump laser is used for non-degenerate four wave mixing applications. Experimental results are presented which illustrate the use of this compact device for both wavelength conversion and dispersion compensation applications at high data rates.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE Colloquium on high speed and long distrance transmission (Ref.No.1999/022)
Place of PublicationBirmingham
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1999

Bibliographical note

Export Date: 20 March 2014

Source: Scopus


Language of Original Document: English

Correspondence Address: Stephens, M.F.C.; University of Bristol, Queens Building, University Walk, Bristol BS8 1TR, United Kingdom

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  • Data acquisition
  • Dispersion (waves)
  • Distributed feedback lasers
  • Four wave mixing
  • Integrated circuit layout
  • Inverse problems
  • Laser beam effects
  • Pumping (laser)
  • Wavelength division multiplexing
  • Bit rates
  • Compact devices
  • Mid-span spectral inversion
  • Wavelength conversion
  • Light amplifiers
  • Multwave mixing


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