Abstract

We report what we believe to be the first experimental demonstration of nondegenerate four-wave mixing in a microstructure fiber. The effect of the χ3 nonlinearity is enhanced in such a fiber because of the small core area, and we achieve phase matching by operating near the zero-dispersion wavelength 750 nm. We have observed parametric gains of more than 13  dB in 6.1-m-long fiber with a pump peak power of only 6  W. We compare our experimental gain results with those predicted by theory and explore the effects of Raman shift and (or) amplification and cascaded nonlinear mixing.

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