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Parameters optimization of a high efficiency discrete Raman fiber amplifier
Author(s): Liang Dou; Shien-Kuei Liaw; Ming Li; Yi-Tseng Lin; Anshi Xu
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Raman fiber amplifiers (RFAs) have become increasingly important in optical communication systems and optical networks to compensate for the fiber loss and/or splitting loss. Comparing to the conventional rare-earth doped fiber amplifiers, RFAs have flexible signal gain band and low noise figure (NF) level [1]. Recently, we reported an RFA with signal/pump double-pass the gain medium scheme by utilizing an optical circulator (OC) as a signal/pump reflector [7]. The experiments have successfully confirmed that the pumping efficiency improvement for this kind of RFA is more efficiency than other types of RFAs. What's more, the pumping efficiency improvement and the NF suppression can be realized simultaneously. Although it is crucial to numerically predict the characteristics of RFA such as signal power and noise figure (NF) versus pump wavelength, pump power, gain medium characteristic and so on, the optimum design of RFA parameters has not yet been addressed. In this paper, we preliminary describe the numerical simulation method based on a set of coupled steady-state equations to estimate the characteristics of signal/pump double-pass RFA. First we assume that the ASE level combines other noises is 30 dB lower than that of the input signal [8], so only the forward and backward signal/pump are considered. This is a typical boundary condition problem and Newton method is used. As we get the distribution of pump power and signal power along the DCF, the noise item at different frequency can be found by the relaxation method. After several iterations, all WDM channel signals and noise are convergent as predict. In this paper, in order to optimize the length of the DCF to get the best performance, we suggest a proper definition of NF called effective NF. During the simulation, the length of SMF is kept constant, so DCF length becomes the only dominant variable parameter to affect the gain and NF of the RFA. To verify the algorithm above, the parameters are set equal to those in Ref. [7], and the simulation results are in very good agreement with those of experimental data. To show the optimum DCF length under a fixed pump power and pump wavelength, we calculate results of both the signal output power and NF versus DCF length at three signal wavelengths. We find that the largest signal output power may appear at the length of DCF is 3.6 km, and the lowest NF could be found as the DCF length is 4 km. In general, DCF has a larger gain coefficient than that of the SMF, but the attenuation coefficient of the former is also higher than that of SMF. So, there is a trade-off when selecting the length of DCF. From the simulation results, we conclude that the optimum length of DCF is 3.8 ± 0.2 km. DCF length of around 3.8 km is an ideal value to realize the best characteristics for the RFA.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 November 2007
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6781, Passive Components and Fiber-based Devices IV, 67810X (21 November 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.743295
Show Author Affiliations
Liang Dou, Peking Univ. (China)
Shien-Kuei Liaw, National Taiwan Univ. of Science and Technology (Taiwan)
Ming Li, Peking Univ. (China)
Yi-Tseng Lin, National Taiwan Univ. of Science and Technology (Taiwan)
Anshi Xu, Peking Univ. (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6781:
Passive Components and Fiber-based Devices IV
Ming-Jun Li; Jianping Chen; Satoki Kawanishi; Ian H. White, Editor(s)

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