Abstract

We experimentally investigate the performance of a fiber optic parametric amplifier pumped with a temporally incoherent pump. The measured gain curves are compared with both a simple theory capable of predicting the maximum attainable mean incoherent parametric gain and full numerical simulations of the nonlinear Schrödinger equation. Parametric gain slopes seven times higher than that of an equivalent coherently pumped parametric amplifier are reported.

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R. Jiang, R. Saperstein, N. Alic, M. Nezhad, C. McKinstrie, J. Ford, Y. Fainman, and S. Radic, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 2445 (2006).
[CrossRef]

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A. Mussot, A. Durecu-Legrand, E. Lantz, C. Simonneau, D. Bayart, H. Maillotte, and T. Sylvestre, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 16, 1289 (2004).
[CrossRef]

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Y. S. Jang and Y. C. Chung, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 10, 218 (1998).
[CrossRef]

1991 (2)

Alic, N.

R. Jiang, R. Saperstein, N. Alic, M. Nezhad, C. McKinstrie, J. Ford, Y. Fainman, and S. Radic, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 2445 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Bayart, D.

A. Mussot, A. Durecu-Legrand, E. Lantz, C. Simonneau, D. Bayart, H. Maillotte, and T. Sylvestre, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 16, 1289 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Cappellini, G.

Chung, Y. C.

Y. S. Jang and Y. C. Chung, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 10, 218 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Durecu-Legrand, A.

A. Mussot, A. Durecu-Legrand, E. Lantz, C. Simonneau, D. Bayart, H. Maillotte, and T. Sylvestre, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 16, 1289 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Fainman, Y.

R. Jiang, R. Saperstein, N. Alic, M. Nezhad, C. McKinstrie, J. Ford, Y. Fainman, and S. Radic, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 2445 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Finot, C.

Ford, J.

R. Jiang, R. Saperstein, N. Alic, M. Nezhad, C. McKinstrie, J. Ford, Y. Fainman, and S. Radic, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 2445 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Goodman, J. W.

J. W. Goodman, Statistical Optics (Wiley, 1985).

Hammani, K.

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[CrossRef]

Jiang, R.

R. Jiang, R. Saperstein, N. Alic, M. Nezhad, C. McKinstrie, J. Ford, Y. Fainman, and S. Radic, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 2445 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Lantz, E.

A. Mussot, A. Durecu-Legrand, E. Lantz, C. Simonneau, D. Bayart, H. Maillotte, and T. Sylvestre, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 16, 1289 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Maillotte, H.

A. Mussot, A. Durecu-Legrand, E. Lantz, C. Simonneau, D. Bayart, H. Maillotte, and T. Sylvestre, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 16, 1289 (2004).
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Manassah, J. T.

Marhic, M. E.

M. E. Marhic, Fiber Optical Parametric Amplifiers, Oscillators and Related Devices (Cambridge U. Press, 2008).

McKinstrie, C.

R. Jiang, R. Saperstein, N. Alic, M. Nezhad, C. McKinstrie, J. Ford, Y. Fainman, and S. Radic, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 2445 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Millot, G.

Mussot, A.

A. Mussot, A. Durecu-Legrand, E. Lantz, C. Simonneau, D. Bayart, H. Maillotte, and T. Sylvestre, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 16, 1289 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Nezhad, M.

R. Jiang, R. Saperstein, N. Alic, M. Nezhad, C. McKinstrie, J. Ford, Y. Fainman, and S. Radic, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 2445 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Picozzi, A.

Pitois, S.

Radic, S.

R. Jiang, R. Saperstein, N. Alic, M. Nezhad, C. McKinstrie, J. Ford, Y. Fainman, and S. Radic, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 2445 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Saperstein, R.

R. Jiang, R. Saperstein, N. Alic, M. Nezhad, C. McKinstrie, J. Ford, Y. Fainman, and S. Radic, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 2445 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Sauter, A.

Sharping, J. E.

Simonneau, C.

A. Mussot, A. Durecu-Legrand, E. Lantz, C. Simonneau, D. Bayart, H. Maillotte, and T. Sylvestre, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 16, 1289 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Sylvestre, T.

A. Mussot, A. Durecu-Legrand, E. Lantz, C. Simonneau, D. Bayart, H. Maillotte, and T. Sylvestre, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 16, 1289 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Trillo, S.

IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. (3)

Y. S. Jang and Y. C. Chung, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 10, 218 (1998).
[CrossRef]

R. Jiang, R. Saperstein, N. Alic, M. Nezhad, C. McKinstrie, J. Ford, Y. Fainman, and S. Radic, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 18, 2445 (2006).
[CrossRef]

A. Mussot, A. Durecu-Legrand, E. Lantz, C. Simonneau, D. Bayart, H. Maillotte, and T. Sylvestre, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 16, 1289 (2004).
[CrossRef]

J. Lightwave Technol. (1)

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (1)

Opt. Lett. (3)

Other (2)

J. W. Goodman, Statistical Optics (Wiley, 1985).

M. E. Marhic, Fiber Optical Parametric Amplifiers, Oscillators and Related Devices (Cambridge U. Press, 2008).

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Mean parametric gain of a coherent signal as a function of pump power for an incoherently pumped amplifier (solid curve) and a coherently pumped amplifier (dotted curve).

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Experimentally measured histogram of the instantaneous power fluctuations of the 12 GHz incoherent pump as a function of P P (filled squares). The relative frequency of each data bin is defined as the number of events in that bin divided by the total number of events.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Measured incoherent parametric gain as a function of (positive) seed detuning at an average pump power of 4 W ( 12 GHz incoherent pump, filled circles; 100 GHz incoherent pump, filled diamonds). The numerically simulated gains are shown ( 12 GHz incoherent pump, open circles; 100 GHz incoherent pump, open diamonds). The solid curve is the predicted maximum attainable incoherent gain, and the dotted curve the predicted coherent gain at the same pump power.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Measured parametric gain as a function of pump power ( 12 GHz incoherent pump, filled circles; 100 GHz incoherent pump, filled diamonds; coherent pump, crosses). The solid curve is the predicted maximum attainable incoherent gain, and the dotted curve the predicted coherent gain.

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p ( P ) = 1 P e P P ,
G mean = 0 p ( P ) G ( P ) d P ,

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