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  • Vol. 29, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2004
  • pp: 14–16

Birefringence-induced splitting of the zero-dispersion wavelength in nonlinear photonic crystal fibers

K. P. Hansen, A. Petersson, J. R. Folkenberg, M. Albertsen, and A. Bjarklev  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 29, Issue 1, pp. 14-16 (2004)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.29.000014


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Abstract

We investigate how the strongly wavelength-dependent birefringence in nonlinear photonic crystal fibers leads to a splitting in the zero-dispersion wavelength for the two polarizations. We translate the requirements for the maximum splitting of the zero-dispersion wavelength to requirements for transverse structural uniformity by adopting a simple effective-index approach in which the birefringence is calculated in a step-index fiber with an elliptical core. We find that to reduce the splitting to less than 1 nm the birefringence should be less than 2 ×10 -5, resulting in a transverse uniformity requirement of 1–3%, depending on the index step from the core to the cladding.

© 2004 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2270) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber characterization
(060.2280) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber design and fabrication
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers

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K. P. Hansen, A. Petersson, J. R. Folkenberg, M. Albertsen, and A. Bjarklev, "Birefringence-induced splitting of the zero-dispersion wavelength in nonlinear photonic crystal fibers," Opt. Lett. 29, 14-16 (2004)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-29-1-14

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