Abstract

This paper presents numerical calculations and experimental results for two cascaded semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOAs) in a counterpropagating configuration for an all-optical switching operation. A detailed theoretical analysis with regard to the gain evolution and the extinction ratio (ER) through the SOAs' cavities show that the two cascaded SOAs have improved performance over the single SOA configuration. A measured ER up to 20 dB is obtained for close contra-directional signal wavelengths and for a wide range of optical input powers. An all-optical switching operation is realized for 2.5-GHz data pulses, and its feasibility is demonstrated with an ER higher than 12 dB over a wide range of wavelength.

© 2004 IEEE

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