Abstract

In this paper, we study the synthesis of asymptotically stable filters from a unit cell of a two-dimensional tunable lattice filter architecture consisting of four four-port couplers and four waveguides containing semiconductor optical amplifiers. Upper bounds on the number of gains that will produce a filter with a priori prescribed poles, for a specific system, are obtained. We also provide sufficient conditions on the reflection-type coefficients, characterizing each four-port coupler, which ensure that real-valued gains, taking values in [0,1], exist so that the filter is asymptotically stable. Finally, we motivate the notion of a transmission zero of a filter and discuss the possibility of simultaneously placing both poles and transmission zeros for the unit cell.

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