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  • Vol. 21, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 1996
  • pp: 1117–1119

Electrostrictive contribution to the intensity-dependent refractive index of optical fibers

Eric L. Buckland and Robert W. Boyd  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 21, Issue 15, pp. 1117-1119 (1996)

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We show that electrostriction contributes significantly to self-action effects in optical fibers, adding 19% to the nonlinear refractive index for fields that vary slowly compared with the ~ 1-ns time scale of the acoustic response. Electrostriction also modifies the tensor nature of the nonlinear-optical response. The electrostrictive nonlinearity is the origin of the observed difference between measurements of n2 with cw and mode-locked lasers.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: January 2, 1996
Published: August 1, 1996

Eric L. Buckland and Robert W. Boyd, "Electrostrictive contribution to the intensity-dependent refractive index of optical fibers," Opt. Lett. 21, 1117-1119 (1996)

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