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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 19 — Sep. 19, 2005
  • pp: 7497–7505

Polarization-insensitive asymmetric four-wave mixing using circularly polarized pumps in a twisted fiber

Takuo Tanemura, Kazuhiro Katoh, and Kazuro Kikuchi  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 19, pp. 7497-7505 (2005)

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We show theoretically and experimentally that the polarization sensitivity of asymmetric nondegenerate fiber four-wave mixing can be eliminated by using circularly polarized pump waves in a twisted fiber. By twisting a fiber at 15 turns/m and aligning the pump waves to a circular state of polarization, we successfully reduce the polarization sensitivity from 5.8 dB to 0.9 dB. Although the polarization-mode dispersion (PMD) of the twisted fiber sets the limitation to the conversion bandwidth, its effect is relatively small owing to the small PMD of the twisted fiber. The demonstrated scheme should be a simple and efficient way of realizing all-optical tunable wavelength converters and wavelength-exchange devices without polarization dependence.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2420) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, polarization-maintaining
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing
(230.1150) Optical devices : All-optical devices

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Original Manuscript: July 18, 2005
Revised Manuscript: September 5, 2005
Published: September 19, 2005

Takuo Tanemura, Kazuhiro Katoh, and Kazuro Kikuchi, "Polarization-insensitive asymmetric four-wave mixing using circularly polarized pumps in a twisted fiber," Opt. Express 13, 7497-7505 (2005)

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