Optical bistability and nonlinear gain in 1.55 μm VCSOA

A. Hurtado, A. Gonzalez-Marcos, I. D. Henning, M. J. Adams

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An experimental observation of power and wavelength optical bistability and nonlinear gain in a 1550nm vertical-cavity semiconductor optical amplifier (VCSOA) operated in reflection and biased above and below threshold is reported. Two distinct types of optical bistability, clockwise and anticlockwise, are observed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)483 - 484
Number of pages2
JournalElectronics Letters
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 13 Apr 2006


  • nonlinear optics
  • semiconductor optical amplifiers
  • optical bistability
  • vertical cavity semiconductor optical amplifier


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