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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 4 — Feb. 16, 2009
  • pp: 2298–2318

A full vectorial model for pulse propagation in emerging waveguides with subwavelength structures part I: Kerr nonlinearity

Shahraam Afshar V. and Tanya M. Monro  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 4, pp. 2298-2318 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.002298


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Abstract

The propagation of pulses through waveguides with sub-wavelength features, inhomogeneous transverse structure, and high index contrast cannot be described accurately using existing models in the presence of nonlinear effects. Here we report the development of a generalised full vectorial model of nonlinear pulse propagation and demonstrate that, unlike the standard pulse propagation formulation, the z-component of guided modes plays a key role for these new structures, and results in generalised definitions of the nonlinear coefficient γ, Aeff , and mode orthognality. While new definitions reduce to standard definitions in some limits, significant differences are predicted, including a factor of ~2 higher value for γ, for emerging waveguides and microstructured fibers.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.5530) Fiber optics and optical communications : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(130.4310) Integrated optics : Nonlinear
(190.3270) Nonlinear optics : Kerr effect
(190.4360) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, devices
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(060.4005) Fiber optics and optical communications : Microstructured fibers

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: November 19, 2008
Revised Manuscript: January 22, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: February 4, 2009
Published: February 5, 2009

Citation
Shahraam Afshar V. and Tanya M. Monro, "A full vectorial model for pulse propagation in emerging waveguides with subwavelength structures part I: Kerr nonlinearity," Opt. Express 17, 2298-2318 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-4-2298


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