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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 21 — Oct. 13, 2008
  • pp: 16774–16797

Polarization-independent amplification and frequency conversion in strongly-birefringent fibers

C. J. McKinstrie and C. Xie  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 21, pp. 16774-16797 (2008)

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The inverse modulation interaction is a degenerate four-wave mixing process in which two strong pumps drive a weak signal, whose frequency is the average of the pump frequencies. Theoretical analyses and numerical simulations of this process are made for wave frequencies that are near the zero-dispersion frequency of a fiber, in which case dispersion is unimportant, and wave frequencies that are far from the zero-dispersion frequency, in which case dispersion is important. The results show that the inverse modulation interaction in a strongly-birefringent fiber amplifies a linearly-polarized signal by an amount that depends on its phase angle, but not its polarization angle. Phase conjugation and Bragg scattering are nondegenerate four-wave mixing processes in which two strong pumps drive a weak signal and a weak idler. Studies show that phase conjugation and Bragg scattering in strongly-birefringent fibers produce polarization-independent phase-insensitive amplification and frequency conversion, respectively.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: June 11, 2008
Revised Manuscript: August 27, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: September 23, 2008
Published: October 7, 2008

C. J. McKinstrie and C. Xie, "Polarization-independent amplification and frequency conversion in strongly-birefringent fibers," Opt. Express 16, 16774-16797 (2008)

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