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Coherence and optical Kerr nonlinearity
Author(s): Marc Depoortere
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Paper Abstract

A simple theory was developed to study the effects of Kerr nonlinearity on the electromagnetic-field coherence. A symmetric nonlinear Mach-Zehnder optical fiber interferometer is analyzed. The field is perturbed in phase and amplitude. The statistical properties of the output intensity are calculated. The effects of nonlinearity are shown as positive or negative depending on the phase difference between the interferometer arms.

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Date Published: 1 September 1991
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1504, Fiber-Optic Metrology and Standards, (1 September 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.46979
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Marc Depoortere, Univ. Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1504:
Fiber-Optic Metrology and Standards
Oliverio D.D. Soares, Editor(s)

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