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Simultaneous optical amplification and splitting for lower-noise and higher-gain microwave signal distribution
Author(s): Elizabeth Twyford Kunkee; Charles Zmudzinski; Lawrence J. Lembo; Roosevelt Johnson; Fernando D. Alvarez; Doyle T. Nichols; John C. Brock
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Paper Abstract

Semiconductor optical amplifiers are investigated for use in large optical signal distributions systems requiring high dynamic range. The impact of amplifier length on the gain and noise figure of the microwave signal is illustrated experimentally. The performance of a device which simultaneously splits and amplifies the optical signal using the principle of multimode interference will be discussed, and it will be shown that this device has potentially higher performance that the previous generation Y-branch/amplifier combination.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 October 1997
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3160, Optical Technology for Microwave Applications VIII, (23 October 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.279459
Show Author Affiliations
Elizabeth Twyford Kunkee, TRW, Inc. (United States)
Charles Zmudzinski, TRW, Inc. (United States)
Lawrence J. Lembo, TRW, Inc. (United States)
Roosevelt Johnson, TRW, Inc. (United States)
Fernando D. Alvarez, TRW, Inc. (United States)
Doyle T. Nichols, TRW, Inc. (United States)
John C. Brock, TRW, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3160:
Optical Technology for Microwave Applications VIII
Anastasios P. Goutzoulis, Editor(s)

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