TITLE

Experimental observation of polarization instability in a birefringent optical fiber

AUTHOR(S)
Trillo, S.; Wabnitz, S.; Stolen, R. H.; Assanto, G.; Seaton, C. T.; Stegeman, G. I.
PUB. DATE
November 1986
SOURCE
Applied Physics Letters;11/10/1986, Vol. 49 Issue 19, p1224
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
We present the first experimental demonstration of spatial instability in the nonlinear evolution of the state of polarization of an intense light beam in a birefringent Kerr-like medium. As the peak power crosses the threshold for the instability, we observed strong intensity-dependent power transfer between the two counter-rotating circularly polarized waves propagating along a birefringent optical fiber. The experimental results agree well with the theory.
ACCESSION #
9821292

 

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