We present some experimental studies of the sensitivity of a GaAsAlGaAs DH bistable diode laser amplifier BDLA when used as an optical repeater or as a high sensitivity clock synchronized optical receiver. Sensitivity of -34 dBm and -40.5 dBm have been measured, respectively. The optical bistability of interest is based on an intensity induced change of refractive index. A large usable optical gain is also measured in these experiments.
This article is from 'OSA Proceedings of the International Topical Meeting on Photonic Switching Held in Salt Lake City, Utah on 6-8 March 1992. Volume 8,' AD-A253 026, p244 thru p246.