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Opt Lett. 1995 Apr 15;20(8):866-8.

Polarization modulation instability in weakly birefringent fibers.


Modulation instability generated by the coherent interaction of two polarization modes in a weakly birefringent optical fiber has been observed in the normal dispersion regime. In contrast to previous observations of crossphase-modulation instability in the visible, the two generated sidebands have the same polarization, which is orthogonal to that of the pump, and their frequency shift is readily controlled by variation of the birefringence of the fiber. The frequency of the modulation and its qualitative features agree with those theoretically predicted.

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