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Polarization properties of four-wave mixing in strained semiconductor optical amplifiers

Paiella, Roberto and Hunziker, Guido and Zhou, Jianhui and Vahala, Kerry J. and Koren, Uzi and Miller, Barry I. (1996) Polarization properties of four-wave mixing in strained semiconductor optical amplifiers. IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, 8 (6). pp. 773-775. ISSN 1041-1135. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:PAIieeeptl96

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Abstract

We present a theoretical and experimental study of the polarization properties of the four-wave mixing susceptibility of highly-strained multiquantum-well optical amplifiers and show how the intensity and polarization of the four-wave mixing signal depend on the polarization of the input waves. We demonstrate the validity of our model by generating a wavelength-converted signal having a polarization orthogonal to that of the pump wave at the output of the amplifier. In addition, we discuss the possibility of making the conversion efficiency independent of the input signal polarization by proper selection of the pump polarization.


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Additional Information:© Copyright 1996 IEEE. Reprinted with permission. Manuscript received December 5, 1995; revised February 12, 1996. This work was supported by ARPA Contract DAAL 01-94-K-03430 and the National Science Foundation Grant ECS-9 412 862. The authors would like to acknowledge R.M. Jopson for coating the device used in these experiments, and D. Geraghty and R.B. Lee for stimulating discussions.
Subject Keywords:laser theory, light polarisation, multiwave mixing, nonlinear optical susceptibility, optical frequency conversion, quantum well lasers
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