Abstract

The use of a high-repetition-rate pulsed-pumped fiber optical parametric amplifier (OPA), followed by a narrow optical filter for transparent signal amplification, was proposed. Theory and simulations predict larger gain and gain bandwidth compared to a continuous-wave pump with the same average power. Experimentally, when using a pump with 0.63 W of average power in a 500-m-long highly nonlinear fiber, the gain increased from 19.7 to 29.2 dB, and the bandwidth increased when a CW pump was changed to one that is modulated by a 20-GHz cosine-squared function. Clear eye openings were demonstrated for the amplification of a 10-Gb/s NRZ signal, with a power penalty of 1.5 dB.

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M. C. Ho, K. Uesaka, M. E. Marhic, Y. Akasaka and L. G. Kazovsky, "200 nm-bandwidth fiber optical amplifier combining parametric and Raman gain", J. Lightw. Technol., vol. 19, no. 7, pp. 977-981, Jul. 2001.

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M. E. Marhic, N. Kagi, T. K. Chiang and L. G. Kazovsky, "Broadband fiber optical parametric amplifiers", Opt. Lett., vol. 21, no. 8, pp. 573-575, Apr. 1996.

J. Hansryd and P. A. Andrekson, "Broad-band continuous-wave-pumped fiber optical parametric amplifier with 49-dB gain and wavelength-conversion efficiency", IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett., vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 194-196, Mar. 2001.

M. E. Marhic, K. K. Y. Wong, G. Kalogerakis and L. G. Kazovsky, "Toward practical fiber optical parametric amplifiers and oscillators", Opt. Photon. News, vol. 15, no. 9, pp. 20-25, Sep. 2004.

M.-C. Ho, "Fiber optical parametric amplifiers and their applications in optical communication systems", Ph.D. dissertation, Dept. Elect. Eng., Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA, 2001.

K. Uesaka, K. K.-Y. Wong, M. E. Marhic and L. G. Kazovsky, "Wavelength exchange in a highly-nonlinear dispersion-shifted fiber: Theory and experiments", IEEE J. Sel. Topics Quantum Electron., vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 560-568, May/Jun. 2002.

A. Mussot, E. Lantz, T. Sylvestre, H. Maillotte, A. Durécu-Legrand, C. Simonneau and D. Bayart, "Zero-dispersion wavelength mapping of a highly nonlinear optical fibre-based parametric amplifier", presented at the Eur. Conf. Optical Communication (ECOC), Stockholm, Sweden,Paper Tu3.3.7, 2004.

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A. Boskovic, S. V. Chernikov, J. R. Taylor, L. Gruner-Nielsen and O. A. Levring, "Direct continuous-wave measurement of n2 in various types of telecommunication fiber at 1.55 µm", Opt. Lett., vol. 21, no. 24, pp. 1966-1968, Dec. 1996.

K. Inoue and T. Mukai, "Experimental study on noise characteristics of a gain-saturated fiber optical parametric amplifier", J. Lightw. Technol., vol. 20, no. 6, pp. 969-974, Jun. 2002.

K. K. Y. Wong, K. Shimizu, K. Uesaka, G. Kalogerakis, E. Marhic and L. G. Kazovsky, "Continuous-wave fiber OPA with 60 dB gain using a novel two-segment design", IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett., vol. 15, no. 12, pp. 1707-1709, Dec. 2003.

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