Abstract

We show theoretically and validate experimentally the effect of filtering on the nonlinear behavior of slow and fast light links based on coherent population oscillations in semiconductor optical amplifiers. The existence of a dip in the power-versus-current characteristics for the fundamental frequency, as well as for the third-order intermodulation product, is clearly evidenced. These two dips occur at different bias currents. Their depths increase as the filtering strength of the red sideband is increased, and they completely vanish in the unfiltered case. Influence on the microwave photonics link is discussed.

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