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  • Vol. 20, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 1981
  • pp: 1403–1406

Optical Kerr effect in long fibers

J. M. Dziedzic, R. H. Stolen, and A. Ashkin  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 20, Issue 8, pp. 1403-1406 (1981)

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Optical Kerr modulation of >100% is demonstrated in long birefringent optical fibers using low laser powers of ~1 W. We have experimentally investigated the effects of group-velocity dispersion, thermal stability of polarization, and fiber birefringence. Use of fiber Kerr modulation as a fast optical shutter is studied, and it is concluded that resolution times shorter than 1 psec are possible in principle.

© 1981 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: December 11, 1980
Published: April 15, 1981

J. M. Dziedzic, R. H. Stolen, and A. Ashkin, "Optical Kerr effect in long fibers," Appl. Opt. 20, 1403-1406 (1981)

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