Semiconductor Optical Amplifier (SOA)

Data Sheet

Product Overview

The Optilab SOA is a semiconductor optical amplifier with high fiber-to-fiber gain, designed to be used in general applications to increase optical launch power to compensate for loss of other optical devices. SOA can be ordered with Single Mode (SM) or Polarization Maintaining (PM) fiber input/ouput. Optilab SOA has 4 different operational wavelength :1310 nm, 1400 nm, 1500 nm, 1600 nm. 3 different housing versions: module, benchtop, rackmount are available.

The module version is an ideal building block for system integrators, especially in optical communication networks and CATV applications. It requires only a single +5V power supply with low power consumption.

The Benchtop unit incorporates a user-friendly front panel housing with a LCD monitor display, key switch, power adjust control knob and optical connectors. RS232 computer interface is also equipped on the rear panel.
The Rackmount unit is a 1 U 19” design for integration with network equipment. Contact Optilab for more information.


  • Booster and in-line amplification
  • Optical network
  • General purpose test and measurement
  • Fiber sensing


  • 1310 nm, 1400 nm, 1550 nm and 1610 nm wavelength selectable
  • High fiber-to-fiber gain of 20 dB
  • Up to 16 dBm output
  • 1 MHz with 10 ns pulse width (optional)
  • PM Panda fiber input/output (optional)

Feature Name Description
Optical Specifications
Operation Wavelength 1310 ±30 nm, SOA-1310; 1400 ±30 nm, SOA-1400; 1550 ±30 nm, SOA-1550; 1600 ±30 nm, SOA-1600
Saturated Output Power @-3dB input Up to +16 dBm
Fiber-to-fiber Gain Up to 20 dB @ small signal input
Noise Figure 7 dB typ.
Gain Ripple 0.3 dB typ.
Input Optical Return Loss -55 dB typ.
Input / Output Isolation 30 dB min. (w/ Isolator option)
Polarization Dependent Gain (PDG) 0.5 dB max
Power Stability ±0.1 dB over 8 hours
Polarization Extinction Ratio (PM type) 20 dB typ.
Output Current Control 10% to 100% operating current
Mechanical Specifications
Operating Temperature 10º C to +50º C
Storage Temperature -10º C to +70º C
Operating Humidity 0% to 85% Relative Humidity
Fiber Type (Standard) SMF-28 Input, SMF-28 Output
Fiber Type (PM) Version PANDA PM Input, PANDA PM Output
Controls/Monitoring Input/Output Monitor, Current Control via RS-232
Alarms Overheat Warning
Power Supply 5 V DC (Module); 88 – 240 V, 43 – 63 Hz AC (Benchtop); 88 – 240 V, 43 – 63 Hz AC (Rackmount)
Dimensions 3.94” x 4.72” x 0.71” (Module); 16.5” x 12.5” x 5.25” (Benchtop); 19” x 14” x 1.75” (Rackmount)

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