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Optical electroabsorption modulators for wideband, linear, low-insertion-loss photonic links
Author(s): Lawrence J. Lembo; Fernando D. Alvarez; Dennis Lo; Chan A. Tu; Philip H. Wisseman; Charles Zmudzinski; John C. Brock
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Paper Abstract

We describe the characterization and development of semiconductor quantum well electroabsorption modulators (EAMs) for insertion into high-performance photonic links intended for analog applications. Limitations of existing approaches are described, motivating the potential of EAMs for exploiting the flexibility of semiconductor bandgap engineering. Relationships are established between basic modulator device characteristics and the RF system performance measures of link gain (insertion loss), bandwidth, noise figure, and dynamic range; results are then presented that have established the viability of EAMs for wideband, low-loss, linear analog photonic links.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 June 1995
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2481, Photonic Device Engineering for Dual-Use Applications, (30 June 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.212725
Show Author Affiliations
Lawrence J. Lembo, TRW Space & Electronics Group (United States)
Fernando D. Alvarez, TRW Space & Electronics Group (United States)
Dennis Lo, TRW Space & Electronics Group (United States)
Chan A. Tu, TRW Space & Electronics Group (United States)
Philip H. Wisseman, TRW Space & Electronics Group (United States)
Charles Zmudzinski, TRW Space & Electronics Group (United States)
John C. Brock, TRW Space & Electronics Group (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2481:
Photonic Device Engineering for Dual-Use Applications
Andrew R. Pirich, Editor(s)

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