Optical and Quantum Electronics

, Volume 19, Supplement 1, pp S37–S45

Optical amplifier bistability on reflection

An invited paper
  • M. J. Adams
Article

Abstract

Calculations are presented of bistable characteristics occurring on reflection from Fabry-Perot and distributed feedback laser amplifiers. Depending on the drive current and wavelength detuning, a variety of non-linear and bistable behaviour can be expected, including a new form of hysteresis loop not hitherto widely discussed. Switching powers and speeds are calculated for 1.5 μm InGaAsP amplifiers, and some potential applications for these effects are explored.

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© Chapman and Hall Ltd. 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. J. Adams
    • 1
  1. 1.British Telecom Research LaboratoriesIpswichUK

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