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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Vol. 18, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 2001
  • pp: 919–925

Theory of nonlinear loop mirrors with twisted low-birefringence fiber

Eugene A. Kuzin, Nikolai Korneev, Joseph W. Haus, and Baldemar Ibarra-Escamilla  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 18, Issue 7, pp. 919-925 (2001)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.18.000919


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Abstract

We analyze propagation in a nonlinear, birefringent optical fiber with twist. The results show that the polarization evolution is periodic, and they are applied to the analysis of a Sagnac interferometer. The period is calculated by using perturbation theory, and we find a condition for it to be independent of the initial polarization state. We derive a simplified set of equations to describe the nonlinear evolution of the phase. We give a useful way to visualize the behavior of the nonlinear optical loop mirror (as a function of birefringence, twist, length, and input polarization) in terms of the Poincaré sphere.

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OCIS Codes
(060.1810) Fiber optics and optical communications : Buffers, couplers, routers, switches, and multiplexers
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(190.4360) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, devices

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Eugene A. Kuzin, Nikolai Korneev, Joseph W. Haus, and Baldemar Ibarra-Escamilla, "Theory of nonlinear loop mirrors with twisted low-birefringence fiber," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 18, 919-925 (2001)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-18-7-919

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