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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 24 — Dec. 15, 2013
  • pp: 5338–5341

Incoherent resonant seeding of modulation instability in optical fiber

Duc Minh Nguyen, Thomas Godin, Shanti Toenger, Yves Combes, Benjamin Wetzel, Thibaut Sylvestre, Jean-Marc Merolla, Laurent Larger, Goëry Genty, Frédéric Dias, and John M. Dudley  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 24, pp. 5338-5341 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.38.005338


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Abstract

We report control of the spectral and noise properties of spontaneous modulation instability (MI) in optical fiber using an incoherent seed with power at the 106 level relative to the pump. We sweep the seed wavelength across the MI gain band, and observe significant enhancement of MI bandwidth and improvement in the signal-to-noise ratio as the seed coincides with the MI gain peak. We also vary the seed bandwidth and find a reduced effect on the MI spectrum as the seed coherence decreases. Stochastic nonlinear Schrödinger equation simulations of spectral and noise properties are in excellent agreement with experiment.

© 2013 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing
(320.7140) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast processes in fibers

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: September 18, 2013
Revised Manuscript: November 7, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: November 7, 2013
Published: December 9, 2013

Citation
Duc Minh Nguyen, Thomas Godin, Shanti Toenger, Yves Combes, Benjamin Wetzel, Thibaut Sylvestre, Jean-Marc Merolla, Laurent Larger, Goëry Genty, Frédéric Dias, and John M. Dudley, "Incoherent resonant seeding of modulation instability in optical fiber," Opt. Lett. 38, 5338-5341 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-38-24-5338

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