We predict that the third-order parametric mixing of a pump with a pair of orthogonally polarized sidebands in a birefringent single-mode optical fiber may be spatially unstable. The interaction may exhibit both periodic and nonperiodic energy conversion and period doubling. This analysis allows us to propose a new scheme for all-optical switching as well as to predict the most efficient conditions for energy conversion when pump depletion is accounted for.
© 1991 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: October 8, 1990
Published: June 15, 1991
G. Cappellini and S. Trillo, "Energy conversion in degenerate four-photon mixing in birefringent fibers," Opt. Lett. 16, 895-897 (1991)