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Ultrafast All-Optical Signal Processing Devices

ISBN: 978-0-470-51820-5
258 pages
October 2008
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Semiconductor-based Ultra-Fast All-Optical Signal Processing Devices –a key technology for the next generation of ultrahigh bandwidth optical communication systems!

The introduction of ultra-fast communication systems based on all-optical signal processing is considered to be one of the most promising ways to handle the rapidly increasing global communication traffic. Such systems will enable real time super-high definition moving pictures such as high reality TV-conference, remote diagnosis and surgery, cinema entertainment and many other applications with small power consumption. The key issue to realize such systems is to develop ultra-fast optical devices such as light sources, all-optical gates and wavelength converters.

Ultra-Fast All-Optical Signal Processing Devices discusses the state of the art development of semiconductor-based ultrafast all-optical devices, and their various signal processing applications for bit-rates 100Gb/s to 1Tb/s.

Ultra-Fast All-Optical Signal Processing Devices:

  • Provides a thorough and in-depth treatment of the most recent achievements in ultrafast all-optical devices
  • Discusses future networks with applications such as HD-TV and super-high definition moving screens as a motivating background for devices research
  • Covers mode-locked semiconductor lasers, electro-absorption modulator based 160Gb/s signal sources, SOA based symmetric Mach-Zehnder type all-optical gates, intersubband transition gate device, and more
  • Explains the technical issues behind turning the ultra-fast optical devices into practical working tools
  • Examples of above 160Gb/s transmission experiments
  • Discusses future prospects of the ultra-fast signal processing devices

This invaluable reference will provide device researchers and engineers in industry, researchers at universities (including graduate students, and post doctorial researchers and professors) and research institutes with a thorough understanding of ultrahigh bandwidth optical communication systems. Device and communication market watchers will also find this book useful.

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CHAPTER 1. Introduction

1.1 Evolution of optical communication systems and device technologies

1.2 Increasing communication traffics and power consumption

1.3 Future networks and technologies

1.4 Ultrafast all-optical signal processing devices

1.5 Overview of the devices and their concepts

1.6 Summary

CHAPTER 2. Light Sources

2.1 Requirement for light sources

2.2 Mode-locked laser diodes

2.3 Electro-absorption modulator (EAM) based signal source

2.4 Summary

CHAPTER 3   Semiconductor optical amplifier based ultrafast signal processing devices

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Fundamental of SOA

3.3 SOA as an ultrafast nonlinear medium

3.4 Use of ultrafast response component by filtering

3.5 Symmetric Mach-Zehnder (SMZ) all-optical gate

3.6 Summary

CHAPTER 4 Uni-traveling-carrier photodiode (UTC-PD) and PD-EAM optical gate integrating a UTC-PD and a traveling wave electro-absorption modulator

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Uni-traveling-carrier photodiode (UTC-PD)

4.3 Concept of new opto-electronic integrated device

4.4 PD-EAM optical gate integrating UTC-PD and TW-EAM

4.5 Summary and prospects

CHAPTER 5   Intersubband transition all-optical gates

5.1 Operation principle

5.2 GaN/AlN ISBT gate 

5.3 (CdS/ZnSe)/BeTe ISBT gate

5.4 InGaAs/AlAs/AlAsSb ISBT gate

5.5 Cross-phase modulation effect in InGaAs/AlAs/AlAsSb ISBT gate

5.6 Summary

CHAPTER 6     Wavelength conversion devices

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Wavelength conversion schemes

6.3 Physics of four-wave mixing in LDs and SOAs

6.4 Wavelength conversion of short pulses using FWM in semiconductor devices

6.5 Experimental results of wavelength conversion using FWM in SOAs and LDs

6.6 The future view of wavelength conversion using FWM

6.7 Summary

CHAPTER 7     Summary and future prospects

7.1 Introduction

7.2 Transmission experiments

7.3 Requirements on devices and prospects

7.4 Summary and future prospects

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