S-C-L triple wavelength superluminescent source based on an ultra-wideband SOA and FBGs

Ahmad, H.; Zulkifli, M.Z.; Hassan, N.A.; Muhammad, F.D.; Harun, S.W. (2013) S-C-L triple wavelength superluminescent source based on an ultra-wideband SOA and FBGs. Quantum Electronics, 43 (10). pp. 923-926. ISSN 1063-7818

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Abstract

We propose and demonstrate a wide-band semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) based triple-wavelength superluminescent source with the output in the S-, C- and L-band regions. The proposed systems uses an ultra-wideband SOA with an amplification range from 1440 to 1620 nm as the linear gain medium. Three fibre Bragg gratings (FBGs) with centre wavelengths of 1500, 1540 and 1580 nm are used to generate the lasing wavelengths in the S-, Cand L-bands respectively, while a variable optical attenuator is used to finely balance the optical powers of the lasing wavelengths. The ultra-wideband SOA generates an amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) spectrum with a peak power of -33 dBm at the highest SOA drive current, and also demonstrates a down-shift in the centre wavelength of the generated spectrum due to the spatial distribution of the carrier densities. The S-band wavelength is the dominant wavelength at high drive currents, with an output power of -6 dBm as compared to the C- and L-bands, which only have powers of -11 and -10 dBm, respectively. All wavelengths have a high average signal-to-noise ratio more than 60 dB at the highest drive current of 390 mA, and the system also shows a high degree of stability, with power fluctuations of less than 3 dB within 70 min. The proposed system can find many applications where a wide-band and stable laser source is crucial, such as in communications and sensing.

Item Type: Article
Creators:
  1. Ahmad, H.(Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA)
  2. Zulkifli, M.Z.(Photonic Research Centre, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
  3. Hassan, N.A.
  4. Muhammad, F.D.(Photonic Research Centre, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
  5. Harun, S.W.(Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA)
Journal or Publication Title: Quantum Electronics
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ultra-wideband semiconductor optical amplifier; S-; C-; L-band superluminescent source
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Dept of Physics
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2015 08:52
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2017 17:19
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/14402

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