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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 22 — Oct. 22, 2012
  • pp: 25096–25110

Tunable modulational instability sidebands via parametric resonance in periodically tapered optical fibers

Andrea Armaroli and Fabio Biancalana  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 22, pp. 25096-25110 (2012)

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We analyze the modulation instability induced by periodic variations of group velocity dispersion and nonlinearity in optical fibers, which may be interpreted as an analogue of the well-known parametric resonance in mechanics. We derive accurate analytical estimates of resonant detuning, maximum gain and instability margins, significantly improving on previous literature on the subject. We also design a periodically tapered photonic crystal fiber, in order to achieve narrow instability sidebands at a detuning of 35 THz, above the Raman maximum gain peak of fused silica. The wide tunability of the resonant peaks by variations of the tapering period and depth will allow to implement sources of correlated photon pairs which are far-detuned from the input pump wavelength, with important applications in quantum optics.

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OCIS Codes
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(190.3100) Nonlinear optics : Instabilities and chaos
(060.5295) Fiber optics and optical communications : Photonic crystal fibers

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: August 16, 2012
Revised Manuscript: September 28, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: September 29, 2012
Published: October 18, 2012

Andrea Armaroli and Fabio Biancalana, "Tunable modulational instability sidebands via parametric resonance in periodically tapered optical fibers," Opt. Express 20, 25096-25110 (2012)

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