Abstract

We describe the mathematical model and present simulation results for the optimization of a hybrid Raman/optical parametric amplifier (HROPA), exhibiting a bandwidth of 170 nm and low ripple that covers the top half of the wavelength plan (e.g., 1441 to 1611 nm) of next generation coarse wavelength division multiplexed passive optical network systems. We show that a critical parameter in the proper amplifier parameter optimization is the inclusion of the fourth-order dispersion coefficient (β4). Omission of β4 can lead to over-estimation or underestimation of the gain bandwidth, and hence its inclusion in the analysis of the HROPA is necessary.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

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