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Opt Lett. 2005 Aug 15;30(16):2143-5.

Incoherent modulation instability in instantaneous nonlinear Kerr media.

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  • 1Laboratoire de Physique, Universit√© de Bourgogne, UMR CNRS 5027, 9 Avenue A. Savary, B.P 47 870, 21078 Dijon, France.


We demonstrate theoretically and experimentally in an optical fiber system that partially temporally incoherent light exhibits modulational instability during its propagation in an instantaneous response nonlinear medium. We show that the modulation frequency and gain are substantially increased with respect to the corresponding values of coherent modulational instability.

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