Polarized soliton instability and branching in birefringent fibers

S. Trillo, S. Wabnitz, E. M. Wright, G. I. Stegeman

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By stimulating the nonlinear evolution of the polarization of short pulses in birefringent fibers, we observe a spatial instability in the polarization of soliton-like pulses against small changes in the soliton peak power. This leads to soliton power induced branching into orthogonal polarization modes. A comparison with an analogous self-switching phenomenon which occurs in a dual-core fiber nonlinear directional coupler leads to a discussion of the effects of cross-phase modulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)166-172
Number of pages7
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 15 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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