Polarized soliton instability and branching in birefringent fibers

Year: 1989

Authors: Trillo S., Wabnitz S., Wright E.M., Stegeman G.I.

Autors Affiliation: Fondazione Ugo Bordoni, Via B. Castiglione 59, 00142 Rome, Italy; Optical Sciences Center, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, United States

Abstract: By stimulating the nonlinear evolution of the polarization of short pulses in birefringent fibers, we observe a spatial instability in the polarization of soliton-like pulses against small changes in the soliton peak power. This leads to soliton power induced branching into orthogonal polarization modes. A comparison with an analogous self-switching phenomenon which occurs in a dual-core fiber nonlinear directional coupler leads to a discussion of the effects of cross-phase modulation.


Volume: 70 (2)      Pages from: 166  to: 172

More Information: This research was sponsored by the Fondazione Ugo Bordoni under an agreement with the Istituto Superiore Poste e Telecomunicazioni, by the National Science Foundation (ECS-8501249), the
KeyWords: Light–Polarization; Optics–Nonlinear; Phase Modulation; Switching Systems, Birefringent Fibers; Polarized Soliton Instability, Optical Fibers
DOI: 10.1016/0030-4018(89)90290-3