We show theoretically that polarization instability can be observed in planar optical waveguides. Such instability would lead to energy exchange between the spatial solitons associated with the TE0 and TM0 waveguide modes as well as to amplitude-modulation gain, which was recently observed in an optical-fiber geometry.
© 1991 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: July 24, 1990
Revised Manuscript: December 7, 1990
Manuscript Accepted: October 22, 1990
Published: February 15, 1991
C. Martijn de Sterke and J. E. Sipe, "Polarization instability in a waveguide geometry," Opt. Lett. 16, 202-204 (1991)