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Semiconductor optical amplifiers for reconfigurable optical networks (Invited)

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Feature Issue on Transmission in Optically Transparent Core Networks

The properties of semiconductor optical amplifiers offer new strategies for building dynamic optical networks. Three key characteristics are its coverage of the full range of wavelengths that are accessible using semiconductor source lasers, a transient response that enables wavelength add/drop without the need for external transient control, and the possibility of direct modulation, which enables its use as a switch in packet networks.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

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