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  • Vol. 17, Iss. 7 — Mar. 30, 2009
  • pp: 5083–5088

All-optical self-switching in optimized phase-shifted fiber Bragg grating

Irina V. Kabakova, Bill Corcoran, Jeremy A. Bolger, C. Martijn de Sterke, and Benjamin J. Eggleton  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 7, pp. 5083-5088 (2009)

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We experimentally demonstrate all-optical self-switching based on sub nanosecond pulse propagation through an optimized fiber Bragg grating with a π phase-jump. The jump acts as a cavity leading to an intensity enhancement by factor 19. At pulse peak powers of 1.5 kW we observe 4.2 dB nonlinear change in transmission. Experimental results are consistent with numerical simulations.

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OCIS Codes
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(060.3735) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber Bragg gratings

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: January 29, 2009
Revised Manuscript: March 3, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: March 3, 2009
Published: March 16, 2009

Irina V. Kabakova, Bill Corcoran, Jeremy A. Bolger, Martijn de Sterke, and Benjamin J. Eggleton, "All-optical self-switching in optimized phase-shifted fiber Bragg grating," Opt. Express 17, 5083-5088 (2009)

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