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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 11, Iss. 23 — Nov. 17, 2003
  • pp: 3063–3073

Using GRENOUILLE to characterize asymmetric femtosecond pulses undergoing self- and cross-phase modulation in a polarization-maintaining optical fiber

Bhaskar Khubchandani, A. Christian Silva, Parvez N. Guzdar, and Rajarshi Roy  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 11, Issue 23, pp. 3063-3073 (2003)

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Self- and Cross-phase modulation of asymmetric femtosecond pulses (~810 nm) propagating through a birefringent single-mode optical fiber (~6.9 cm) is studied both experimentally (using GRENOUILLE) and numerically (by solving a set of coupled nonlinear Schrödinger equations or CNLSEs). An optical spectrogram representation is derived from the electric field of the pulses and is linearly juxtaposed with the corresponding optical spectrum and optical time-trace. The simulations are shown to be in good qualitative agreement with the experiments. Measured input pulse asymmetry, when incorporated into the simulations, is found to be the dominant cause of output spectral asymmetry. The results indicate that it is possible to modulate short pulses both temporally and spectrally by passage through polarization maintaining optical fibers with specified orientation and length.

© 2003 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications
(060.2420) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, polarization-maintaining
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements

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Research Papers

Original Manuscript: September 25, 2003
Revised Manuscript: October 31, 2003
Published: November 17, 2003

Bhaskar Khubchandani, A. Silva, Parvez Guzdar, and Rajarshi Roy, "Using GRENOUILLE to characterize asymmetric femtosecond pulses undergoing self- and cross-phase modulation in a polarization-maintaining optical fiber," Opt. Express 11, 3063-3073 (2003)

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