Nonlinear control of the propagation of optical pulses in doped optical fibers

AV Prokhorov, Natalia Korolkova, AM Araklelyan

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Abstract

Results of study of nonlinear processes occurring during the propagation of light pulses in optical fibers doped with atoms of rare-earth elements under conditions of atomic coherence and interference are presented. For a three-level A scheme of interaction, the linear (chi((1))) and nonlinear (chi((3))) susceptibilities of such a medium are calculated. It is shown that the coefficients of Kerr nonlinearity and nonlinear absorption can reach extremely large values and can be negative. The competition between linear and nonlinear processes in the A scheme allows one to obtain compensation regimes when the coefficients of dispersion or absorption of the optical fiber material vanish. The efficient control of the optical properties of such a system over wide limits proves to be possible owing to variations in the parameters of light pulses at the input of the medium. The necessary conditions for realizing regimes with "slow" light, as well as for self-compression of a probing pulse on ultimately small spatial scales in a doped optical fiber, were obtained. (c) 2005 Pleiades Publishing, Inc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)604-610
Number of pages7
JournalOptics and Spectroscopy
Volume99
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2005

Keywords

  • ELECTROMAGNETICALLY INDUCED TRANSPARENCY
  • LIGHT PULSES
  • CONDENSATE
  • SYSTEM
  • STATES

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