UWB Doublet Generation Employing Cross-Phase Modulation in a Semiconductor Optical Amplifier Mach¿Zehnder Interferometer

Autores UPV
Revista IEEE Photonics Journal


In this paper, a novel method to generate ultrawideband (UWB) doublets is proposed and experimentally demonstrated, which is based on exploiting the cross-phase modulation in a semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA). The key component is an integrated SOA Mach-Zehnder interferometer pumped with an optical carrier modulated by a Gaussian pulse. The transfer function of the nonlinear conversion process leads to the generation of UWB doublet pulses by tuning the SOA currents to different values.