On the theory of the modulation instability in optical fiber and laser amplifiers

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Rubenchik, Alexander M. ; Turitsyn, Sergei K. ; Fedoruk, Michail P. (2011)
  • Publisher: SPIE
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    arxiv: Physics::Optics

The modulation instability (MI) in optical fiber amplifiers and lasers with anomalous dispersion leads to CW beam breakup and the growth of multiple pulses. This can be both a detrimental effect, limiting the performance of amplifiers, and also an underlying physical mechanism in the operation of MI-based devices. Here we revisit the analytical theory of MI in fiber optical amplifiers. The results of the exact theory are compared with the previously used adiabatic approximation model, and the range of applicability of the latter is determined. The same technique is applicable to the study of spatial MI in solid state laser amplifiers and MI in non-uniform media.
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