Intensity noise-driven nonlinear fiber polarization scrambler

Year: 2014

Authors: Guasoni M., Fatome J., Wabnitz S.

Autors Affiliation: Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Carnot de Bourgogne, UMR 6303 CNRS-Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France; Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell\’Informazione, Università Degli Studi di Brescia, via Branze 38, Brescia, 25123, Italy

Abstract: We propose and analyze a novel all-optical fiber polarization scrambler based on the transfer (via the Kerr effect) of the intensity fluctuations of an incoherent pump beam into polarization fluctuations of a frequency-shifted signal beam, copropagating in a randomly birefringent telecom fiber. Optimal signal polarization scrambling results whenever the input signal and pump beams have nearly orthogonal states of polarization. The nonlinear polarization scrambler may operate on either cw or high-bit-rate pulsed signals.

Journal/Review: OPTICS LETTERS

Volume: 39 (18)      Pages from: 5309  to: 5312

More Information: This research was funded by the European Research Council under Grant Agreement 306633, ERC PETAL, the iXCore Foundation, and the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MIUR) (Grant Contract 2012BFNWZ2).
KeyWords: Digital image storage; Optical fibers; Optical Kerr effect, Incoherent pump; Intensity fluctuations; Non-linear fiber; Nonlinear polarizations; Optimal signals; Orthogonal state; Polarization fluctuations; Polarization scrambler, Polarization
DOI: 10.1364/OL.39.005309

Citations: 3
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