We demonstrate an extended-cavity (1-km round trip) transmitter employing a reflective-semiconductor optical amplifier (RSOA) self-seeded by spectrally-sliced passive modulation-averaging reflector. We show that using modulation averaging reflectors in self-seeded transmitters improves link margin, allows a wider range of bias conditions for the RSOA by removing the modulation in the seeding light and consequently allows operation with higher extinction ratios. We furthermore demonstrate 47 km transmission at 1.25 Gbps with a 16-channel fully passive remote node. This type of transmitter is suitable for application in colorless WDM-PON systems.
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