The optical pushbroom in action


Broderick, N.G.R., Taverner, D., Richardson, D.J., Ibsen, M. and Laming, R.I. (1997) The optical pushbroom in action. In, Bragg Gratings, Photosensitivity and Poling in Gladd Waveguides (BGPP), Washington, US, 26 - 28 Oct 1997.

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The area of nonlinear pulse interactions in Bragg grating structures, although largely unexplored, contains many interesting and novel effects. Perhaps the simplest of these is the CW switching of a weak probe by a strong pump. Recall that a Bragg grating reflects strongly around the Bragg resonance frequency omega 0 which is inversely proportion to the average refractive index. In a nonlinear medium the presence of a strong pump alters the refractive index, and thus frequencies which were reflected (or transmitted) by the grating can be transmitted (or reflected). This effect was first seen by LaRochelle et al. in 1990 and to date this is the only experimental work done in this area. However since then considerable theoretical work has been done onpulse interactions in fibre Bragg gratings (FBGs). Also experimental reports of nonlinear propagation in FBGs have started appearing in the literature. A major factor in this upsurge of interest has been the development of techniques for writing long gratings at arbitrary wavelengths using the side illumination of fibres with UV light. This fact coupled with the latest generation of high power fibre sources allows the exploration of pulse interactions in FBGs in great detail. The CW switching of a probe beam can be generalised by considering the effects of a strong pump pulse on a weak CW probe - the so-called optical pushbroom effect, demonstrated experimentally here for the first time. The optical pushbroom utilises the frequency shift induced through the cross-phase modulation (XPM) of a CW probe by a strong pump beam to compress and sweep out the probe from the grating. As this frequency shift is proportional to the gradient of the pump beam it is intrinsically a pulse effect and although it compresses the probe it does not exchange energy between the two beams. The operation of the optical pushbroom has been explained in detail before and so we give only a brief description here

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Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Optoelectronics Research Centre
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Electronics and Computer Science
ePrint ID: 76750
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:56
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/76750

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