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Erbium-doped fiber power amplifiers with pump reflecting mirrors in the 800-nm band
Author(s): Balakrishnan Sridhar; Steven P. Bastien; Harish R. Sunak
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Paper Abstract

The behavior of alumino-phosphate-silicate (APS) and fluorophosphate (FP) erbium doped fiber power amplifiers (EDFA) for the various pump wavelengths, in the small signal and large signal regime, with 800 nm band pumping has been well studied. It has already been shown that bi-directional pumping is more efficient especially at shorter wavelengths due to the presence of large excited state absorption (ESA). However bi-directional pumping requires more components which can increase the complexity and cost. In this paper we have compared, using a computer model, the performance of power EDFAs with a Bragg reflecting pump mirror etched at the output end of the fiber. For small pump power (Pp approximately equals 10 mW) this configuration is better than bi-directional pumping, both in terms of large signal gain and noise figure (NF) for APS-EDFA and FP-EDFA. At large pump powers (Pp approximately equals 200 mW) the output signal powers are comparable and the NF is better for the configuration with the reflecting mirror for APS-EDFA and better in the case of FP-EDFA.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 March 1993
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1789, Fiber Laser Sources and Amplifiers IV, (23 March 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.141133
Show Author Affiliations
Balakrishnan Sridhar, Univ. of Rhode Island (United States)
Steven P. Bastien, EDFA Consultants (United States)
Harish R. Sunak, Univ. of Rhode Island and EDFA Consultants (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1789:
Fiber Laser Sources and Amplifiers IV
Michel J. F. Digonnet; Elias Snitzer, Editor(s)

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