Four-wave mixing in microstructure fiber

Jay E. Sharping*, Marco Fiorentino, Ayodeji Coker, Prem Kumar, Robert S. Windeler

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We report what we believe to be the first experimental demonstration of nondegenerate four-wave mixing in a microstructure fiber. The effect of the χ(3) nonlinearity is enhanced in such a fiber because of the small core area, and we achieve phase matching by operating near the zero-dispersion wavelength (≃750 nm). We have observed parametric gains of more than 13 dB in 6.1-m-long fiber with a pump peak power of only 6 W. We compare our experimental gain results with those predicted by theory and explore the effects of Raman shift and (or) amplification and cascaded nonlinear mixing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1048-1050
Number of pages3
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number14
StatePublished - Jul 15 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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