Higher-capacity communication links based on two-mode phase-sensitive amplifiers

Colin J. McKinstrie, Nikola Alic, Zhi Tong, Magnus Karlsson
2011 Optics Express  
Optical communication links are usually made with erbiumdoped fiber amplifiers, which amplify the signal waves in a phase-insensitive (PI) manner. They can also be made with parametric fiber amplifiers, in which the signal waves interact with idler waves. If information is transmitted using only the signals, parametric amplifiers are PI and their noise figures are comparable to those of erbium amplifiers. However, transmitting correlated information in the signals and idlers, or copying the
more » ... or copying the signals prior to transmission, allows parametric amplifiers to be phase-sensitive (PS), which lowers their noise figures. The information capacities of two-mode PS links exceed those of the corresponding PI links by 2 b/s-Hz.
doi:10.1364/oe.19.011977 pmid:21716432 fatcat:rck2nuhx6ragjbiauj2voshnui