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Optimal frequency conversion in the nonlinear stage of modulation instability

By A. Bendahmane, A. Mussot, A. Kudlinski, P. Szriftgiser, M. Conforti, S. Wabnitz and S. Trillo


We investigate multi-wave mixing associated with the strongly pump depleted regime of induced modulation instability (MI) in optical fibers. For a complete transfer of pump power into the sideband modes, we theoretically and experimentally demonstrate that it is necessary to use a much lower seeding modulation frequency than the peak MI gain value. Our experiment shows that, at such optimal modulation frequency, a record 95 % of the output pump power is frequency converted into the comb of sidebands, in good quantitative agreement with analytical predictions based on the simplest exact breather solution of the nonlinear Schroedinger equation

Topics: Optical fibers, Modulation, Nonlinearity, Frequency conversion
Year: 2015
DOI identifier: 10.1364/OE.23.030861
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