Special Issue "Applications of Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers II"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2021).
Interests: all-optical signal processing; optical amplification and logic devices; circuits and subsystems; optical computing; microring resonators; microwave photonics; free space optical communications
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Since their emergence as laboratory prototypes in the 1980s, semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOAs) have progressed and matured to the point that they have become indispensable modules for the development and implementation of optical communications circuits, systems and networks. Owing to the combination of unique characteristics—such as high and broadband gain, wavelength agility, versatile operating mode, low power supply needs, rapid response to fast excitations, ability to cope with different types of data signals, modulation formats and multiplexing techniques, adjustable active medium material composition and structure, compact size, potential for integration at chip level, flexibility of penetration to lower scale circuits, off-the-shelf single and arrayed packaging availability, and compatibility with different fabrication platforms and affordable cost—SOAs play a catalytic role in the realization of wide range of applications, which exploit SOAs proven capability to function either as linear or nonlinear elements with high performance. Concurrently, many theoretical treatments on SOAs have been conducted with the ultimate goal of understanding the physical concepts and properties of SOAs, predicting their behavior, aiding their design, and optimizing their working conditions according to the requirements of each application. Given SOAs’ established significance as a key enabling technology, as well as the intense and unceasing research and industrial interest in this cutting-edge field, this Special Issue, which follows-up from the previous issue (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/applsci/special_issues/optical_amplifiers), will present new investigations, original results, novel solutions, breakthrough advances, technological implications and thorough conclusions, on one hand, and modern trends, open challenges and future prospects, on the other hand, supporting the long-term applicability of SOAs while at the same time constituting a reference point providing information, motivation and guidance for further efforts and innovations. Potential applications that fall within the framework of the current Special Issue include, but are not limited to:
- Direct signal amplification
- External modulation
- Optical pulse generation and manipulation
- All-optical signal processing
- All-optical computing
- All-optical combinational and sequential logic circuits
- Long-haul metro and access optical networks
- Converged telecommunications networks
- Radio-over-fiber systems
- Microwave photonics
- Optical switching
- Optical interconnects
- Optical multiplexing
- Optical access techniques
- Slow and fast light
- Optical test and measurement techniques
- Photonic integrated circuits
- Coherent lightwave systems
- Digital back-propagation
- Wideband signal transmission
- Theoretical description and numerical modeling
- Special active waveguide structures
- Neuromorphic computing and engineering
Assoc. Prof. Kyriakos E. Zoiros
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