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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 13 — Jun. 18, 2012
  • pp: 14514–14533

Full vectorial analysis of polarization effects in optical nanowires

Shahraam Afshar V., M. A. Lohe, Wen Qi Zhang, and Tanya M. Monro  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 13, pp. 14514-14533 (2012)

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We develop a full theoretical analysis of the nonlinear interactions of the two polarizations of a waveguide by means of a vectorial model of pulse propagation which applies to high index subwavelength waveguides. In such waveguides there is an anisotropy in the nonlinear behavior of the two polarizations that originates entirely from the waveguide structure, and leads to switching properties. We determine the stability properties of the steady state solutions by means of a Lagrangian formulation. We find all static solutions of the nonlinear system, including those that are periodic with respect to the optical fiber length as well as nonperiodic soliton solutions, and analyze these solutions by means of a Hamiltonian formulation. We discuss in particular the switching solutions which lie near the unstable steady states, since they lead to self-polarization flipping which can in principle be employed to construct fast optical switches and optical logic gates.

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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

Original Manuscript: March 30, 2012
Revised Manuscript: May 27, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: May 30, 2012
Published: June 14, 2012

Shahraam Afshar V., M. A. Lohe, Wen Qi Zhang, and Tanya M. Monro, "Full vectorial analysis of polarization effects in optical nanowires," Opt. Express 20, 14514-14533 (2012)

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