Published/Posted: May 1, 2008
Authors: Salem, R.; Lenihan, A. S.; Carter, G. M.; Murphy, T. E.
We present a theoretical, numerical, and experimental investigation of the polarization dependence of cross-phase modulation in nonlinear birefringent fibers. Two new methods are described for producing a polarization-independent spectral shift through cross-phase modulation of a weak probe signal by a copropagating strong optical pulse. The birefringence of the fiber and spectral separation between the pump and probe signals are shown to play a critical role in determining the polarization dependence of the cross-phase modulation process. The methods are experimentally verified in two different highly nonlinear fibers, and are used to achieve polarization-independent optical switching at speeds of up to 160 Gb/s.
R. Salem, A. S. Lenihan, G. M. Carter and T. E. Murphy, "Techniques for Polarization-Independent Cross-Phase Modulation in Nonlinear Birefringent Fibers", IEEE J. Sel. Topics Quantum Electron. 14(3) 540-550 (2008)
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