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Title:Slow and Fast Light Using Quantum-Dot and Quantum-Well Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers
Author(s):Kondratko, Piotr Konrad
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Chuang, Shun-Lien
Department / Program:Electrical and Computer Engineering
Discipline:Electrical and Computer Engineering
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Physics, Optics
Abstract:Controlling the group velocity of light has great potential applications in future optical communication, photonic computing, and microwave signal processing. These applications have recently triggered immense experimental and theoretical interest in the research community. Numerous studies report large optical delays while sacrificing many important aspects of engineering feasibility: bandwidth, device compactness, room temperature operation, ease of integration, and minimized signal insertion loss. Slow and fast light in the quantum-dot and quantum-well semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOAs) address many of these characteristics. First, this dissertation presents variable slow light in quantum-dot SOAs using population oscillation in an absorptive medium. Bandwidth tuning of slow light is observed with forward and reverse bias of quantum-dots. Second, the study explores four-wave mixing and population oscillation in a quantum-well gain medium. Control of optical advance and bandwidth is achieved by the medium's electrical bias or the optical pump power. Moreover, the fast light in the cascade of N number of quantum-well SOAs is experimentally and theoretically investigated. The cascaded scheme uses SOA-to-SOA attenuators to achieve active delay-bandwidth control. Finally, a large delay-bandwidth scheme is presented in which slow-to-fast light is observed by means of absorption to gain switching. More than a half cycle of tunable delay at 1 GHz bandwidth is achieved at optical frequencies.
Issue Date:2007
Description:112 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3290278
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2007

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