Abstract

We propose a scheme to realize gain recovery of the order of a few picoseconds in a typical quantum well semiconductor optical amplifier (QW-SOA) using a pump signal with amplitude dips. In the scheme, the gain recovery is determined by the fast carrier density depletion and carrier temperature heating processes. The ultrafast gain recovery is numerically verified by a completed model combining the QW band structure calculation with rate equations in the QW-SOA. In practice, a pump signal with amplitude dips can be partly characterized by a non-return-to-zero differential phase-shift keying (NRZ-DPSK) signal generated by a Mach–Zehnder modulator. Therefore, we experimentally demonstrate 40 Gb/s wavelength-converting and regenerative format conversion from NRZ-DPSK to return-to-zero on–off keying (RZ-OOK), which may be a key function to connect different kinds of modulation formats at gateway nodes between long-haul backbone networks and metro area networks.

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