Optical communications technology is growing increasingly in importance, with a rapid pace of development. Innovative optical devices have emerged from the integration of semiconductor laser diodes, amplifiers and filters with optical waveguide technology. This well-researched volume traces the evolution of semiconductor laser amplifiers (SLAs) from these technologies. Focusing on the principle applications of SLAs, the author illustrates the growing importance of these functional components in the future of optical communications systems.This book will provide engineering and science students with a basic understanding of laser diode and optical amplification through the analysis of the performance characteristics of these devices both in theory and application. Practising device engineers wishing to consolidate their knowledge in lightwave technology will also find this book an invaluable reference.
The Evolution of Optical Fibre Communication Systems Basic Principles of Optical Amplifiers Optical Amplification in Semiconductor Laser Diodes Analysis of Transverse Modal Fields in Semiconductor Laser Amplifiers Analysis and Modelling of Semiconductor Laser Diode Amplifiers: Gain and Saturation Characteristics Analysis and Modelling of Semiconductor Laser Diode Amplifiers: Noise Characteristics Experimental Studies on Semiconductor Laser Diode Amplifiers Novel Semiconductor Laser Diode Amplifier Structure Picosecond Pulse Amplification in Tapered-Waveguide Semiconductor Laser Diode Amplifiers Sub-Picosecond Gain Dynamic in Highly-Index Guided Tapered-Waveguide Semiconductor Laser Diode Optical Amplifiers Saturation Intensity of InGaAsP Tapered Travelling-Wave Semiconductor Laser Amplifier Structures Wavelength Conversion in Tapered-Waveguide Laser Diode Amplifiers Using Cross-Gain Modulation The Semiconductor Laser: Basic Concepts and Applications Microwave Circuit Techniques and Semiconductor Laser Modelling Microwave Circuit Models of Semiconductor Lasers Transmission-Line Laser Model of Tapered Waveguide Lasers and Amplifiers Novel Integrated Mode-Locked Laser Design Summary, Conclusion and Suggestions