Abstract

A compact device with a two-level transfer function (TF) implemented with two semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA)-based stages is proposed and characterized. Each stage exploits nonlinear polarization rotation and self-phase modulation. The obtained improved TF with very flat top and bottom levels makes the scheme suitable for working as a reshaper in all-optical regeneration. The effectiveness of the device is verified in regenerating both nonreturn-to-zero (NRZ) and return-to-zero (RZ) data signals up to 40Gb/s. Bit error rate measurements demonstrate increased threshold margin and extinction ratio improvement.

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