Abstract

In this Letter, we investigate and compare the gain and noise figure characteristics of bismuth (Bi)-doped fiber amplifiers configured in both single and double signal pass implementations. A maximum gain of 25 dB and a noise figure of 4 dB is measured at 1360 nm in the single pass configuration for 23dBm input signal power, whereas in the double pass configuration the gain of the amplifier is improved significantly by 14 dB allowing us to achieve a gain of 39 dB with a noise figure of 5 dB. To the best of our knowledge, this is the highest gain reported to date using Bi-doped fiber as a gain medium. Furthermore, we also study the gain and noise figure dependency on pump power, signal power, and pump wavelength for the double pass amplifier configuration. We observed similar gain and noise figure performance in the double pass configuration to that of the single pass configuration but with the benefit of less pump power and a shorter length of the Bi-doped fiber.

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