Nonlinear polarizers based on four-wave mixing in high-birefringence optical fibers

Year: 2012

Authors: Guasoni M., Wabnitz S.

Autors Affiliation: Dipartimento di Ingegneria Dell\’Informazione, Università di Brescia, Via Branze 38, 25123 Brescia, Italy

Abstract: Parametric amplification or four-wave mixing in high-birefringence optical fibers may be exploited to implement a novel type of nonlinear polarizer. Such a device leads to the simultaneous amplification, frequency conversion, and repolarization of both signal and idler waves along one of the principal birefringence axes of the fiber, independently of the pump, signal, and idler input state of polarization, power, and frequency detuning. We discuss the conditions for the observation of polarization attraction in fiber optics parametric amplifiers operating with a pump in either the normal or the anomalous dispersion regime.


Volume: 29 (6)      Pages from: 1511  to: 1520

More Information: We are grateful to V. V. Kozlov for his many helpful suggestions and his critical reading of the manuscript, and we thank A. Bononi for a stimulating discussion. This work was carried out with support from the PRIN2008 (Programma di Ricerca Scientifica di Rilevante Interesse Nazionale) project \”Nonlinear cross-polarization interactions in photonic devices and systems.\”
KeyWords: Amplification; Four wave mixing; Optical fibers; Optical instruments; Parametric amplifiers; Polarization, Anomalous dispersion; Frequency detuning; High birefringence; Idler waves; In-fiber; Input state; Parametric amplification; Repolarization, Birefringence
DOI: 10.1364/JOSAB.29.001511

Citations: 10
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