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Prospects of fiber optic parametric amplifiers
Author(s): Peter A. Andrekson; Jonas Hansryd
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Paper Abstract

We review recent developments of fiber-based optical parametric amplifiers (FOPA). While a theoretical framework based on highly efficient four-wave mixing is provided, emphasis is on applications enabled by the parametric gain including optical sampling, wavelength conversion, and pulse generation. As these amplifiers offer high gain and low noise at arbitrary wavelengths with proper fiber design and pump wavelength allocation, they are also candidate enablers to increase overall WDM system capacities similar to the better-known Raman amplifiers. A comparison with Raman amplifiers is also made and the future outlook of parametric amplifiers is discussed. As this is yet a very new (enabled by the availability of highly nonlinear fiber and inexpensive high power pump lasers) and not fully explored type of amplifier, there is reason to believe that substantial progress may be made in the future, perhaps involving ”holey fibers” to further enhance the nonlinearity and thus the gain.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 August 2003
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5246, Active and Passive Optical Components for WDM Communications III, (14 August 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.510537
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Peter A. Andrekson, Chalmers Univ. of Technology (Sweden)
Lehigh Univ. (United States)
Jonas Hansryd, Chalmers Univ. of Technology (Sweden)
Lehigh Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5246:
Active and Passive Optical Components for WDM Communications III
Achyut K. Dutta; Abdul Ahad S. Awwal; Niloy K. Dutta; Kazuo Fujiura, Editor(s)

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