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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry M. Van Driel
  • Vol. 24, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 2007
  • pp: 1469–1474

Impact of phase modulation and parametric gain on signal polarization in an anomalously dispersive optical fiber

J. F. L. Freitas, C. J. S. de Matos, M. B. Costa e Silva, and A. S. L. Gomes  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 24, Issue 7, pp. 1469-1474 (2007)

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We theoretically and experimentally study changes with pump power in the polarization of an optical signal as it simultaneously experiences Kerr-effect-induced birefringence and four-wave-mixing-based parametric amplification from a copropagating pump in an optical fiber. It is shown that the changes caused by the two nonlinear optical effects are orthogonal to each other in the Stokes space. Results also show that the pump polarization state works as an attractor for signal polarization. The implications of this feature to fiber parametric amplifiers and entangled-photon sources are discussed, and a fiber polarization switch is demonstrated.

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OCIS Codes
(060.1810) Fiber optics and optical communications : Buffers, couplers, routers, switches, and multiplexers
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: January 19, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: March 14, 2007
Published: June 15, 2007

J. F. L. Freitas, C. J. S. de Matos, M. B. Costa e Silva, and A. S. L. Gomes, "Impact of phase modulation and parametric gain on signal polarization in an anomalously dispersive optical fiber," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 24, 1469-1474 (2007)

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