Experimental observation of polarization instabilities in the optical phase conjugation in a birefringent fiber

Year: 1997

Authors: Millot G., Seve E., Wabnitz S.

Autors Affiliation: Cent Natl de la Recherche, Scientifique, Dijon, France

Abstract: Modulation instabilities in nonlinear dispersion or diffractive media leads to the break-up of continuous wave intense beams into trains of ultrashort pulses or to self-filamentation, respectively. In weakly birefringent fibers the optical Kerr effect may cancel the natural birefringence and a cw spatial instability of the states of polarization of light results. This effect leads to modulational polarization instability (MPI) in the mixing between different frequency components in fibers.

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KeyWords: Birefringence; Continuous wave lasers; Dispersion (waves); Dye lasers; Laser pulses; Light polarization; Optical Kerr effect; Optical phase conjugation, Modulational polarization instability (MPI), Optical fibers
DOI: 10000000000