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Four-wave mixing in semiconductor optical amplifiers: physics and applications

Zhou, Jianhui and Park, Namkyoo and Vahala, Kerry J. and Newkirk, Michael A. and Miller, Barry I. (1995) Four-wave mixing in semiconductor optical amplifiers: physics and applications. In: Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices III. Proceedings of SPIE. No.2399. Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, pp. 638-649. ISBN 0819417467.

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Nondegenerate four-wave mixing in semiconductor optical amplifiers was studied both as a spectroscopic tool for probing semiconductor dynamics and as a wavelength conversion technique. Four-wave mixing spectra were measured at detuning frequencies ranging from GHz to THz rates and ultrasfast intraband mechanisms having relaxation time constants of 650 fs and less than 100 fs were revealed in the measurements. Cross-polarization four-wave mixing was also measured to study the inter quantum-well carrier transport process in quantum-well amplifiers. In addition, broadband wavelength conversion using four-wave mixing in semiconductor optical amplifiers was investigated. Results concerning the conversion efficiency over spans up to 65 nm, as well as a demonstration of wavelength conversion with gain are presented. The issue of converted signal-to-background noise in this process is also addressed.

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Additional Information:© 1995 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). The authors wish to thank W. W. Morey of United Technology Research Center for the fiber grating notch filter used in the noise reduction measurement. This work was supported by the Advanced Research Program Agency (Contract #NDAAL01-94-K-03430), the National Science Foundation (Contract #ECS-9412862) and the Office of Naval Research (Contract #N00014-91-1524).
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Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA)NDAAL01-94-K-03430
Office of Naval Research (ONR)N00014-91-1524
Subject Keywords:nonlinear wave mixing, semiconductor optical amplifier, intraband dynamics, inter quantum-well carrier transport, wavelength conversion, optical communications
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Issue or Number:2399
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Official Citation:Jianhui Zhou, Namkyoo Park, Kerry J. Vahala, Michael A. Newkirk, Barry I. Miller, "Four-wave mixing in semiconductor optical amplifiers: physics and applications", Proc. SPIE 2399, Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices III, (19 June 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.212536;
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