Ultra-low-noise, Broadband Phase-Sensitive Optical Amplifiers and Their Applications
Review article, 2012

Frequency non-degenerate phase-sensitive amplifiers (PSAs) have the potential to realize broadband and noiseless amplification. However the rigorous requirement of phase- and wavelength-locking of the input waves has significantly hampered their progress. In this paper, we review recent research on this type of optical amplifier. This work is based on a copier-PSA scheme, which consists of a parametric phase-insensitive copier followed by one or more PSAs. Broadband gain and noise performance of a fiber-based non-degenerate PSA has been characterized, both theoretically and experimentally. A record-low 1.1 dB noise figure was measured at > 26 dB gain, and a clear phase dependent gain was observed. Moreover, potential applications including phase noise squeezing and ultra-low noise, multi-channel and modulation-format-transparent linear amplification with up to 6 dB link noise figure advantage over conventional EDFA-amplified links have been experimentally demonstrated. The prospects and practical challenges of this intriguing amplification technology are also discussed


Zhi Tong

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Photonics

Carl Peter Lundström

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Photonics

Peter Andrekson

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Photonics

Magnus Karlsson

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Photonics

Adonis Bogris

National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics

1077-260X (ISSN)

Vol. 18 2 1016-1032 6096352

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Information and Communication Technology

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