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Appl. Sci. 2017, 7(9), 908; doi:10.3390/app7090908

Estimation of the Performance Improvement of Pre-Amplified PAM4 Systems When Using Multi-Section Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers

Radio and optics research laboratory, School of Electronic Engineering, Dublin City University, Dublin 9 D09 W6Y4, Ireland
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Received: 1 August 2017 / Revised: 29 August 2017 / Accepted: 31 August 2017 / Published: 5 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Applications of Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers)
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Multi-section semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOA) have been shown to have superior noise and linearity performance compared with single section SOAs. We show how to create a simplified numerical model for multi-section SOAs that is suitable for optical communication system simulations and use that model to investigate the amplification performance of 56 Gbit/s four-level pulse amplitude modulation signals. We find that a multi-section SOA could provide an improvement in input power dynamic range exceeding 3 dB compared to a single section SOA that has the same unsaturated gain. View Full-Text
Keywords: semiconductor optical amplifier; pulse amplitude modulation; noise semiconductor optical amplifier; pulse amplitude modulation; noise
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Ó Dúill, S.P.; Landais, P.; Barry, L.P. Estimation of the Performance Improvement of Pre-Amplified PAM4 Systems When Using Multi-Section Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers. Appl. Sci. 2017, 7, 908.

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