The performance of all-optical XOR gate based on quantum-dot (QD) SOA MZI has been simulated. The saturation power, optical gain and phase response of a QD SOA has been analyzed numerically using a rate equation model of quantum dots embedded in a wetting layer. The calculated response is used to model the XOR performance. For the parameters used here, XOR operation at ~250 Gb/s is feasible using QD based Mach-Zehnder interferometers. The speed is limited by the relaxation time from wetting layer to the quantum dots.
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