Experimental observation of polarization instability in a birefringent optical fiber

Year: 1986

Authors: Trillo S., Wabnitz S., Stolen R.H., Assanto G., Seaton C.T., Stegeman G.I.

Autors Affiliation: Fondazione U. Bordoni, Istituto Superiore Poste e Telecomunicazioni, 00144 Roma, Italy; AT and T Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, NJ 07733, United States; Optical Sciences Center, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, United States

Abstract: We present the first experimental demonstration of spatial instability in the nonlinear evolution of the state of polarization of an intense light beam in a birefringent Kerr-like medium. As the peak power crosses the threshold for the instability, we observed strong intensity-dependent power transfer between the two counter-rotating circularly polarized waves propagating along a birefringent optical fiber. The experimental results agree well with the theory.

Journal/Review: APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS

Volume: 49 (19)      Pages from: 1224  to: 1226

KeyWords: Light Polarization; Birefringent optical fiber
DOI: 10.1063/1.97420

Citations: 156
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