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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 2006
  • pp: 1379–1381

Polarization modulation instability in photonic crystal fibers

R. J. Kruhlak, G. K.L. Wong, J. S.Y. Chen, S. G. Murdoch, R. Leonhardt, J. D. Harvey, N. Y. Joly, and J. C. Knight  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 10, pp. 1379-1381 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.31.001379


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Abstract

Polarization modulation instability (PMI) in birefringent photonic crystal fibers has been observed in the normal dispersion regime with a frequency shift of 64 THz between the generated frequencies and the pump frequency. The generated sidebands are orthogonally polarized to the pump. From the observed PMI frequency shift and the measured dispersion, we determined the phase birefringence to be 5.3 × 10 5 at a pump wavelength of 647.1 nm . This birefringence was used to estimate the PMI gain as a function of pump wavelength. Four-wave mixing experiments in both the normal and the anomalous dispersion regimes generated PMI frequency shifts that show good agreement with the predicted values over a 70 THz range. These results could lead to amplifiers and oscillators based on PMI.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2420) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, polarization-maintaining
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: October 31, 2005
Revised Manuscript: February 19, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: February 28, 2006

Citation
R. J. Kruhlak, G. K. Wong, J. S. Chen, S. G. Murdoch, R. Leonhardt, J. D. Harvey, N. Y. Joly, and J. C. Knight, "Polarization modulation instability in photonic crystal fibers," Opt. Lett. 31, 1379-1381 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-31-10-1379

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