Booster Optical Amplifiers (BOAs), 1210 nm
- Polarization Dependent Booster Optical Amplifiers (BOAs)
- SM or PM Fiber-Pigtailed Butterfly Package
- 1210 nm Operating Wavelength
BOA with PM Fiber and FC/APC Connectors, Closeup of Butterfly Package Shown
BOA with SM Fiber and FC/APC Connectors
|Optical Amplifier Selection Guide|
|785 nm BOA|
|930 nm BOAs|
|980 nm BOAs|
|1050 nm BOAs|
|1210 nm BOAs|
|1250 nm BOAs|
|O-Band (1285 - 1350 nm) BOAs|
|E-Band (1410 nm) BOAs|
|C-Band (1550 nm) BOAs and SOAs|
|L-Band (1590 - 1625 nm) BOAs|
|1685 nm BOAs|
- Boosting Laser Transmitters
- Amplifying Widely Tunable Lasers
- 1210 nm Optical Preamplifier
- Amplifying Polarized Signals
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When current is applied across the ridge waveguide, excited state electrons are stimulated by input light, leading to photon replication and signal gain.
- Polarization Dependent: Amplifies One Polarization State
- 1.5 m Long, SM or PM Fiber Pigtails with FC/APC Connectors
- Small Signal Gain: 20.5 dB (Typical)
- Saturation Output Power: 23.5 dBm (Typical)
- 3 dB Bandwidth: 82 nm (Typical)
- Each End Face of the Semiconductor is AR Coated (R < 0.1%) to Prevent Lasing
Booster Optical Amplifiers (BOAs) are single-pass, traveling-wave amplifiers that perform well with both monochromatic and multi-wavelength signals. Since BOAs only amplify one state of polarization, they are best suited for applications where the input polarization of the light is known. Each BOA consists of a highly efficient InP Quantum Well (QW) layer structure, which is designed for amplifying polarized optical signals in the 1210 nm band and is also an ideal gain medium for implementing wide-bandwidth tunable lasers.
As seen in the schematic to the right, the input and output of the amplifier are coupled to the active layer of the ridge waveguide on the optical amplifier chip. The device is contained in a standard 14-pin butterfly package, with either single mode or polarization-maintaining fiber pigtails that are terminated with FC/APC connectors. The BOA1210 uses single mode HI1060 fiber, while the BOA1210P uses polarization-maintaining PM980-XP fiber with the connector key aligned to the slow axis. An integrated thermoelectric cooler (TEC) and thermistor allow these BOAs to be temperature controlled, thus stabilizing the gain and the spectrum.
For additional details concerning the construction and operating parameters of our BOAs, please see the Optical Amplifiers tab.
The ITC4005 LD/TEC and CLD1015 butterfly LD/TEC controllers are recommended to control these amplifiers. These LD/TEC controller and mount combinations offer full control via a front control panel or touch screen. When operating these optical amplifiers with the CLD1015, the orientation for type 1 pin configurations should be used.
ASE Center Wavelength
The center wavelength (CWL) of the amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) spectrum in broadband semiconductor devices, such as optical amplifiers, may show variation between lots. Please refer to the blue icons () below for the CWL tolerances of each particular model. For applications in which a specific ASE center wavelength is a critical concern, please contact Tech Support for information on the CWL of currently available lots.
Booster optical amplifiers (BOAs) and semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOAs) are single-pass, traveling-wave amplifiers that perform well with both monochromatic and multi-wavelength signals. Since BOAs only amplify one state of polarization, they are best suited for applications where the input polarization of the light is known. For applications where the input polarization is unknown or fluctuates, a Semiconductor Optical Amplifier (SOA) is required. However, the gain, noise, bandwidth, and saturation power specifications of a BOA are superior to that of a SOA because of the design features that make the SOA polarization insensitive.
BOAs and SOAs are similar in design to Fabry-Perot Laser Diodes, the difference being that Fabry-Perot laser diodes have reflective coatings on both end faces of the semiconductor chip. The optical feedback from the reflective end faces establishes a cavity in which lasing can occur. SOAs and BOAs have an anti-reflection (AR) coating on both end faces of the semiconductor chip. The AR coatings limit the optical feedback into the chip so that lasing does not occur.
As is typical for all amplifiers, BOAs/SOAs operate in two regimes: a linear, flat, constant gain regime and a non-linear, saturated output regime. When used to amplify a modulated signal, the linear regime is typically used to eliminate pattern-dependent distortion, multi-channel cross-talk, and transient response issues common to EDFAs. The non-linear regime is used to take advantage of the highly non-linear attributes of the semiconductor gain medium (cross-gain modulation, cross phase modulation) to perform wavelength conversion, optical 3R regeneration, header recognition, and other high-speed optical signal processing functions.
For a continuous wave input signal, the amount of power that can be produced by the amplifier is determined by the saturation output power (Psat) parameter. Psat is defined as the output power at which the small-signal gain has been compressed by 3 dB. The maximum amount of CW power that can be extracted is approximately 3 dB higher than the saturation power.
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