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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 21 — Oct. 8, 2012
  • pp: 24030–24037

Spoof four-wave mixing for all-optical wavelength conversion

Yongkang Gong, Jungang Huang, Kang Li, Nigel Copner, J. J. Martinez, Leirang Wang, Tao Duan, Wenfu Zhang, and W. H. Loh  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 21, pp. 24030-24037 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.024030


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Abstract

We present for the first time an all-optical wavelength conversion (AOWC) scheme supporting modulation format independency without requiring phase matching. The new scheme is named “spoof” four wave mixing (SFWM) and in contrast to the well-known FWM theory, where the induced dynamic refractive index grating modulates photons to create a wave at a new frequency, the SFWM is different in that the dynamic refractive index grating is generated in a nonlinear Bragg Grating (BG) to excite additional reflective peaks at either side of the original BG bandgap in reflection spectrum. This fundamental difference enable the SFWM to avoid the intrinsic shortcoming of stringent phase matching required in the conventional FWM, and allows AOWC with modulation format transparency and ultrabroad conversion range, which may have great potential applications for next generation of all-optical networks.

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OCIS Codes
(230.1150) Optical devices : All-optical devices
(060.1155) Fiber optics and optical communications : All-optical networks
(050.5298) Diffraction and gratings : Photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

History
Original Manuscript: August 21, 2012
Revised Manuscript: September 26, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: September 27, 2012
Published: October 5, 2012

Citation
Yongkang Gong, Jungang Huang, Kang Li, Nigel Copner, J. J. Martinez, Leirang Wang, Tao Duan, Wenfu Zhang, and W. H. Loh, "Spoof four-wave mixing for all-optical wavelength conversion," Opt. Express 20, 24030-24037 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-21-24030


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