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Three-dimensional nonlinear optical fiber simulation
Author(s): Dennis M. Sullivan; Mark G. Kuzyk
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Paper Abstract

In the development of nonlinear optical switching mechanisms, it would be very desirable to have a computer simulation of the electromagnetic pulse propagating in the nonlinear fiber. This would be helpful in understanding the underlying electromagnetics, and would also be helpful in designing new switching configurations. One method which has been widely used in electromagnetic simulation is the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method. Its effectiveness in optical fiber simulation is restricted by the fact that the short wavelengths of light dictate dense sampling, which becomes a logistical problem in three dimensional simulation. Techniques are described which allow 3D simulation of small sections of nonlinear optical fibers. The results of these simulations are used to predict behavior over longer distances.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 November 1998
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3465, Millimeter and Submillimeter Waves IV, (13 November 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.331157
Show Author Affiliations
Dennis M. Sullivan, Univ. of Idaho (United States)
Mark G. Kuzyk, Washington State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3465:
Millimeter and Submillimeter Waves IV
Mohammed N. Afsar, Editor(s)

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