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Modeling of colliding sub-picosecond pulses in a semiconductor optical amplifier
Author(s): Harm J. S. Dorren; Xuelin Yang; Daan Lenstra; Giok-Djan Khoe
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Paper Abstract

Telecommunication systems using 200 fs optical pulses for ultrahigh bit-rate optical transmission require new concepts to be developed for ultrafast all-optical switching. On the basis of numerical experiments, we discuss how a semiconductor optical amplifier in a Sagnac interferometric arrangement can be used for switching these short pulses. The switching principle is based on gain and index saturation dynamics on a sub-picosecond timescale. The model accounts for bi-directional propagation of ultrashort optical pulses through the amplifier as well as free-carrier absorption and two-photon absorption.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 June 2002
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4646, Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices X, (12 June 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.470565
Show Author Affiliations
Harm J. S. Dorren, Technische Univ. Eindhoven (Netherlands)
Xuelin Yang, Technische Univ. Eindhoven (Netherlands)
Daan Lenstra, Technische Univ. Eindhoven and Vrije Univ. (Netherlands)
Giok-Djan Khoe, Technische Univ. Eindhoven (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4646:
Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices X
Peter Blood; Marek Osinski; Yasuhiko Arakawa, Editor(s)

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