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Theoretical Analysis of Multimodal Four-Wave Mixing in Optical Microwires

Fernandes, G. ; Almeida, A. ; Niehus, M. ; Pinto, A. N.

Journal of Lightwave Technology Vol. 31, Nº 2, pp. 195 - 202, January, 2013.

ISSN (print): 0733-8724
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Journal Impact Factor: 2,567 (in 2015)

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1109/JLT.2012.2224320

Optical fiber microwires (OFMs) are nonlinear optical waveguides that support several spatial modes. The multimodal generalized nonlinear Schrödinger equation (MMGNLSE) is deduced taking into account the linear and nonlinear modal coupling. A detailed theoretical description of four-wave mixing (FWM) considering the modal coupling is developed. Both, the intramode and the intermode phase-matching conditions is calculated for an optical microwire in a strong guiding regime. Finally, the FWM dynamics is studied and the amplitude evolution of the pump beams, the signal and the idler are analyzed.