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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 6 — Mar. 15, 2014
  • pp: 1625–1628

Enhanced performance of polarization-insensitive wavelength conversion by dynamic control of the optical phase

Liang Wang and Chester Shu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 6, pp. 1625-1628 (2014)

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The gain-transparent stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) process has been successfully applied to dual-orthogonal-pump four-wave mixing (FWM) to enhance the performance of polarization-insensitive wavelength conversion. The Brillouin pump and Stokes waves control the optical phase of one of the FWM pumps to achieve phase matching to extend the wavelength conversion range. The experimental data show that the polarization-insensitive property is well preserved under gain-transparent SBS processing, and only 0.5 dB output power variation is observed in the converted idler. A 5.1 dB enhancement of the conversion efficiency is obtained through the phase control at large signal-pump spectral spacing. By applying this scheme for exclusive phase control, simultaneous polarization-insensitive and wideband wavelength conversion can be potentially realized in other configurations using two copolarized pumps or a polarization diversity loop.

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OCIS Codes
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing
(290.5900) Scattering : Scattering, stimulated Brillouin

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: December 11, 2013
Revised Manuscript: February 13, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: February 13, 2014
Published: March 13, 2014

Liang Wang and Chester Shu, "Enhanced performance of polarization-insensitive wavelength conversion by dynamic control of the optical phase," Opt. Lett. 39, 1625-1628 (2014)

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