Abstract

We experimentally investigate and compare the effects of copropagating and counterpropagating directions on a semiconductor optical amplifier—Mach–Zehnder interferometer based wavelength converter. When an assist light is not used, the copropagating scheme induces a long rise–fall time and small timing jitter, whereas the counterpropagating scheme induces a short rise–fall time and large timing jitter. The results show that the copropagating scheme with a backward assist light yields the best performance.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

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