We propose a new way to use a semiconductor laser amplifier driven under a loss condition for a signal light that acts as an ultrafast noise reduction device using a nonlinear absorption effect. The absorption recovery time was reduced by stimulated recombination due to continuous-wave additional light (assist light) whose wavelength was longer than that of the signal. This simple method is an attractive technique to realize optical functional devices with an ultrahigh-repetition rate. We have successfully confirmed a receiver sensitivity improvement of 0.5 dB in a 5-Gb/s nonreturn-to-zero signal by using this principle. The improvement of the eye opening by passing through the noise reduction device was estimated theoretically to reveal design rules for an optimum optical noise reduction device.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics|
|Publication status||Published - 1999 May|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics