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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2012
  • pp: 2472–2474

Temporal dynamics of incoherent waves in noninstantaneous response nonlinear Kerr media

B. Kibler, C. Michel, J. Garnier, and A. Picozzi  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 13, pp. 2472-2474 (2012)

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We consider the temporal evolution of an incoherent optical wave that propagates in a noninstantaneous response nonlinear medium, such as single mode optical fibers. In contrast with the expected Raman-like spectral redshift due to a delayed nonlinear response, we show that a highly noninstantaneous response leads to a genuine modulational instability of the incoherent optical wave. We derive a Vlasov-like kinetic equation that provides a detailed description of this process of incoherent modulational instability in the temporal domain.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(190.5650) Nonlinear optics : Raman effect

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: March 21, 2012
Revised Manuscript: May 3, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: May 6, 2012
Published: June 19, 2012

B. Kibler, C. Michel, J. Garnier, and A. Picozzi, "Temporal dynamics of incoherent waves in noninstantaneous response nonlinear Kerr media," Opt. Lett. 37, 2472-2474 (2012)

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