Abstract

The effect of pump or Stokes field polarization-state changes on Brillouin gain is investigated in standard (non-polarization-maintaining) single-mode fibers with a modal birefringence of ~10−7. The Brillouin gain change due to polarization azimuth variation of the input pump or Stokes field reaches ±31% of the average gain expected for a completely scrambled polarization state. This polarization effect on the Brillouin gain may lead to cross-talk fluctuation in bidirectional coherent transmission systems and to degradation of Brillouin amplifier performance.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

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