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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 22 — Oct. 24, 2011
  • pp: 21945–21955

Sharp tunable optical filters based on the polarization attributes of stimulated Brillouin scattering

Assaf Wise, Moshe Tur, and Avi Zadok  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 22, pp. 21945-21955 (2011)

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Sharp and highly-selective tunable optical band-pass filters, based on stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) amplification in standard fibers, are described and demonstrated. Polarization pulling of the SBS-amplified signal wave is used to increase the selectivity of the filters to 30 dB. Pump broadening via synthesized direct modulation was used to provide a tunable, sharp and uniform amplification window: Pass-band widths of 700 MHz at half maximum and 1GHz at the −20dB points were obtained. The central frequency, bandwidth and shape of the filter can be arbitrarily set. Compared with scalar SBS-based filters, the polarization-enhanced design provides a higher selectivity and an elevated depletion threshold.

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OCIS Codes
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(290.5830) Scattering : Scattering, Brillouin

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: August 1, 2011
Revised Manuscript: August 31, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: September 1, 2011
Published: October 21, 2011

Assaf Wise, Moshe Tur, and Avi Zadok, "Sharp tunable optical filters based on the polarization attributes of stimulated Brillouin scattering," Opt. Express 19, 21945-21955 (2011)

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