Optical Amplifiers Applied into the Fiber Optic Networks

As we know, most optical amplifier amplify client light through stimulated emission. An optical amplifier is nothing but a laser without feedback. Optical gain is achieved when the amplifier is pumped optically or electrically to achieved population inversion. Optical amplification depends on:

  • Frequency (or wavelength) of incident signal
  • Local bean intensity

General applications of optical amplifiers are:

  • In-line Amplifier
  • Pre-amplifiers
  • Power Amplifier

The Figure shows basic operation of optical amplifier


The external pump source energy us absorbed by the electrons in the active medium. The electros shifts to the higher energy level producing population inversion. Photos of incoming signal triggers these excited electros to lower level thourhg a stimulated emission peocess, producing amplified opticla signal.


Breif Introduction

The active medium in an optical fiber amplifier consists of a nominally 10 to 30m length of optical fiber that has been lightly doped with a rare-earth element such as Erbium, Ytterbium, Neodymium or Praseodymium. The host fiber material can be either standard silica, a fluoride-based glass or a multicomponent glass.

The operating regions of these devices depends on the host material and the doping elements. Fluorozirconate glasses doped with P or N are used for operation in the 1300-nm window, since newither of these ions can amplify 1300 nm signals when enbedded in the silica glass.

The most popular material for long haul telecommunication application is a silica fiber doped with Erbium, which is known as Erbium-doped fiber amplifier or EDFA. The operation of an EDFA by itself normally is limited to the 1530 to 1560 nm region.


  • Active medium is created by erbium, ytterbium, neodymium, praseodymium
  • DFA can pump device at several different wavelength.
  • Low coupling loss
  • Constant gain.

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The DWDM-EDFA-BA-O23 Booster Amplifier is an easy-to-use and cost-efficient device for DWMD fiber optic link amplification which operates at the transmission side of the link. It is designed to amplify aggregated optic input power for reach extension. Using dual-stage pump laser design and internal Gain Flattening Filter (GFF) to compensate the erbium fiber gain variation, it features high input power, low noise, and up to output power:23dBm. Software control is standard via an RS-232 interface for status monitoring and pump current adjustments.


  • Booster Amplifier, carries whole C-Band 1528nm ~ 1561nm of 40 channel on metro DWDM distance extension or single wavelength distance extension application
    100GHz channel spacing
  • input power:-5~+10dBm
  • output power:23dBm
  • Low Noise Figure: Typical 4.5dB
  • High Flatness: Typical 1dB
  • 19” 1RU rack enclosure
  • SC/UPC, SC/APC, FC/UPC, FC/APC, LC/UPC, LC/APC , ST/UPC and ST/APC connectors are available
  • Single or dual 110VAC, 220VAC, 100~240VAC and/or -48VDC power supply
  • Reliable 980nm and 1480nm pump lasers
  • 10 years of operation life
  • 3 years warranty standard
  • Compatible with Telecordia GR-1312-CORE
  • OEM is available

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Transport and Aggregation Networks Solutions for Optical Amplifiers

Transport and aggregation network design

Network operators have the common basic target to produce cost-efficient telecommunication services. When considering operators from different nations including carriers operating worldwide, a variety of network architecture designs need to be considered. The suitable network design depends on the individual national properties with respect to the telecommunication services to be provided, such as the local population density distributions, the characteristic local residential consumer behavior, for example, the demand for voice telephony, internet protocol, or broadband TV, or the distribution and service level agreement (SLA) requirements of the business customers. The design of the network is governed by the topology. DWDM network for example, ring, star, mesh, by the purpose (access, aggregation, transport), by the mean and maximum link distance, and by the density and degree of switching or grooming nodes. All this has a direct impact on the choice of amplification in the optical multiplex section (OMS) of DWDM systems and on the local placement of DWDM optical amplifiers.

13dBm 1550nm CATV EDFA Fiber Optic Amplifier

The diameter of networks is one of the most obvious distinctions. Nationwide networks in the United States follow engineering rules different from those applicable to the national backbones in European countries, especially when the design of amplifier maps and the positioning of photonic cross connect (PXC)/ROADM based nodes are considered. The largest diameters within all optical transport is achieved in submarine cable networks that deploy lumped amplifier span designs with very short distance between adjacent DWDM EDFA and eventually supported by additional distributed Raman amplification.

Besides the distance, many other parameters influence decisions for special network layouts, such as the local distribution of population and industry to be connected, the traffic patterns and capacity evolution, the telecommunication service kinds and classes, and much more. Also, the deployment choice of lumped inline amplifiers . distributed Raman amplification or hybrid schemes, gain equalizing devices, electrical or optical inline regenerators, and electrical grooming nodes or optically amplified multi degree ROADM nodes is strongly dependent on these multiple factors.

The research shows that some network options with consequences for optical amplifier applications will be described against the background of European national network. Here a variety of requirements force operators to select many different network architectures for different local domains with suitable primary foci to meet optimum transport efficiency and operational performance. The present trend is to consolidate different network domains into a converged platform to simplify the overall network management process.

European networks cover many scenarios of possible architectures, for ultra long-haul (ULH) pan-European backbone to national European backbone, metro, and access networks. The typical distance characteristics of link lengths between major backbone nodes for North America and pan-European networks, but the distance are significantly shorter. The backbone links of national networks of the different European states like Germany reference network. Here the mean fiber link distance between major between major cities and thus backbone nodes is about 400 km which could be still called “metro”. However, as for the next generation architecture it is intended to intensively apply optically transparent transmit nodes (ROADM/PXC), future national networks will also demand systems with a longer reach. In the following sub-sections we will focus on typical modern intranational European network architectures.

Future converged telecommunication platforms will comprise access, aggregation, and transport networks. Their design rules depend on their primary purpose: either traffic aggregation or distribution from and to customers, or the transport and routing of large amounts of combined capacity.

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