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Modeling of semiconductor optical amplifier gain characteristics for amplification and switching

Mahad, Farah Diana and Mohd. Supa'at, Abu Sahmah and Idrus Suta, Sevia Mahdaliza and Forsyth, David Ian (2011) Modeling of semiconductor optical amplifier gain characteristics for amplification and switching. In: AIP Conference Proceedings. American Institute of Physics, Maryland, pp. 217-220. ISBN 978-073540901-9

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.3586986


The Semiconductor Optical Amplifier (SOA) is presently commonly used as a booster or pre-amplifier in some communication networks. However, SOAs are also a strong candidate for utilization as multi-functional elements in future all-optical switching, regeneration and also wavelength conversion schemes. With this in mind, the purpose of this paper is to simulate the performance of the SOA for improved amplification and switching functions. The SOA is modeled and simulated using OptSim software. In order to verify the simulated results, a MATLAB mathematical model is also used to aid the design of the SOA. Using the model, the gain difference between simulated and mathematical results in the unsaturated region is <1dB. The mathematical analysis is in good agreement with the simulation result, with only a small offset due to inherent software limitations in matching the gain dynamics of the SOA.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:gain characteristics, saturated region, Semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA), unsaturated region
Subjects:T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions:Electrical Engineering
ID Code:29469
Deposited By: Liza Porijo
Deposited On:12 Mar 2013 04:31
Last Modified:04 Feb 2017 07:50

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