Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers (SOA amplifiers), when driven in pulse regime with our pulsed SOA driver become a high dynamic range fiber modulation solution available from 750 to 1700 nm. It is a lossless, high extinction ratio and potentially highly polarizing device. 

This SOA pulse driver delivers precision pulses which are generated internally by an on-board pulse generator, or on-demand from an external TTL signal. SOA Amplifiers (Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers) driven in nanosecond pulse regime can be compared with AOMs, EOMs or direct laser diode modulators (see comparative table and our tutorial : fiber modulator basics). It is the only solution meeting all the constraints for a reliable, stable and efficient fiber modulation.

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This SOA pulse driver is a very compact unit optimized for single-shot to CW performance with pulse width lengths down to 1 nanosecond.

Key Features

  • User-set pulse width from 1 ns to CW (up to 8 µsec for SOA-shape)
  • High dynamic range : >48 dB, High extinction ratio : >~50 dB
  • Lossless device
  • Timing Jitter down to 8 ps,
  • Repetition rate up to 250 MHz
  • User design pulse shape (SOA-shape only)
  • TEC temperature control
  • No wavelength variation along the pulse duration
  • Adjustable safety limits, current levels (average/peak), SOA temperature, etc.
  • USB & analogue control.

The GUI software lets the user have total control of all module functions. It includes several libraries for software integration (LabVIEW VIs, DLLs, Hexa, Python etc.)

This SOA Pulsed Driver  works alone or in series with other products in our range like :

Pulsed SOA driver technology comparison
Comparison of the four technologies commonly used for high speed fiber modulation

 

See our detailed Tutorials on :

This Pulsed SOA Driver is an ideal solution to drive most of the commercially available SOA Amplifiers (Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers) like, for example, Innolume or Thorlabs.

 SOA-stdSOA-HPP (High Pulse Performance)SOA-Shape (User design nanosecond pulse shape)
WavelengthAny wavelength to be selected between 700 nm and 1700 nm (see wavelength table on datasheet (last page)
Optical bandwidth (nm)From 20 nm to 110 nm to be selected (see wavelength table on datasheet)
Extinction ration (dB, typ)50 dB40 dB
Max input powerSee wavelength table on datasheet (last page)
Switching speed (typ)1 ns<1 ns2 ns
Dynamic range (up to)60 dB48 dB
Small signal gainFrom 22 to 40 dB (see wavelength table next page)
Trigger-to-pulse Jitter / internal trigger Jitter<20 ps / <20 ps<8 ps / <8 ps<2 ns / <100 ps
Pulse shapingOn-Off onlyYes (500 ps resolution)
CW offset (in pulse mode)noyesno
Max pulse durationInternal pulse generator : 500 ns / External pulse generator : <1 ns up to CW8 µsec
Max repetition rate10 MHz250 MHz20 MHz
Compatibilities & LibrariesUSB - Windows 7/10 ; DLLs - Hexa - Labview - Python
Dimensions (mm)190*150*45208*100*37
Power supply12 V (110 - 220 V adaptator included)24 V (110-220 V adaptator included)
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SOA-std (Standard version)
SOA pulsed & CW Driver for Type-1 Butterfly package SOAs (compatible with nearly all SOA models on the market). Max peak current : 1500 mA ; max average current : 800 mA ; max repetition rate : 10 MHz ; Embedded short pulse generator with the flexibility of 3 trigger modes and 3 peak power adjustment modes.
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SOA-HPP (High Pulse Performance version)
SOA pulsed & CW Driver for Type-1 Butterfly package SOAs (compatible with nearly all SOA models on the market). Max peak current : 3500 mA ; max average current : 1000 mA ; max repetition rate : 250 MHz ; Embedded short pulse generator with the flexibility of 3 trigger modes and 3 peak power adjustment modes. Possibility to combine CW and Pulse emission.
4 495
3 weeks
pulsed SOA driver with Pulse shaping
SOA-Shape (user design pulse shape)
SOA pulsed Driver for Type-1 SOAs (compatible with nearly all SOA models on the market). Embedded AWG to define the shape of the output modulated pulse. Min pulse resolution : 500 ps, Pulse dynamic range : 48 dB ; Max peak current : 1600 mA ; Max pulse duration : 8 µsec ; max repetition rate : 20 MHz ;
4 995
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