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  • Vol. 26, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 2001
  • pp: 1048–1050

Four-wave mixing in microstructure fiber

Jay E. Sharping, Marco Fiorentino, Ayodeji Coker, Prem Kumar, and Robert S. Windeler  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 26, Issue 14, pp. 1048-1050 (2001)

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We report what we believe to be the first experimental demonstration of nondegenerate four-wave mixing in a microstructure fiber. The effect of the χ(3) nonlinearity is enhanced in such a fiber because of the small core area, and we achieve phase matching by operating near the zero-dispersion wavelength (≃750 nm) . We have observed parametric gains of more than 13 dB in 6.1-m-long fiber with a pump peak power of only 6 W. We compare our experimental gain results with those predicted by theory and explore the effects of Raman shift and (or) amplification and cascaded nonlinear mixing.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers

Jay E. Sharping, Marco Fiorentino, Ayodeji Coker, Prem Kumar, and Robert S. Windeler, "Four-wave mixing in microstructure fiber," Opt. Lett. 26, 1048-1050 (2001)

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