Nonlinear repolarization in optical fibers: Polarization attraction with copropagating beams

Year: 2011

Authors: Kozlov V.V., Turitsyn K., Wabnitz S.

Autors Affiliation: Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell\’ Informazione, Università di Brescia, Via Branze 38, 25123 Brescia, Italy; Department of Physics, St. Petersburg State University, Petrodvoretz, St. Petersburg 198504, Russian Federation; Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139, United States

Abstract: We propose a type of lossless nonlinear polarizer, novel to our knowledge, a device that transforms any input state of polarization (SOP) of a signal beam into one and the same well-defined SOP toward the output, and perform this without any polarization-dependent losses. At the polarizer output end, the signal SOP appears to be locked to the input pump SOP. The polarizer is based on the nonlinear Kerr interaction of copropagating signal and pump beams in a telecom or randomly birefringent optical fiber.

Journal/Review: OPTICS LETTERS

Volume: 36 (20)      Pages from: 4050  to: 4052

More Information: The authors appreciate numerous enlightening discussions with A. Aceves. This work was carried out with support from the Programma di Ricerca Scientifica di Rilevante Interesse Nazionale (PRIN2008) project \”Nonlinear cross-polarization interactions in photonic devices and systems\” and the Cariplo Foundation through the University of Brescia-Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Mechanical Engineering faculty exchange programme.
KeyWords: Birefringent optical fiber; Co-propagating signals; Copropagating; Input state; Lossless; Polarization dependent loss; Pump beams; Repolarization; Signal beams; TeleCOM, Optical fibers; Optical instruments; Pumps, Polarization
DOI: 10.1364/OL.36.004050

Citations: 15
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