Abstract

The impact of chromatic dispersion (CD) on the efficiency of the nonlinear interaction between two orthogonally polarized sinusoidally modulated optical signals (SMOSs) with identical or different carrier wavelengths is investigated theoretically and experimentally. The theory of four-wave mixing is used for studying the efficiency of the nonlinear interaction by analyzing the power of the first-order sideband that is generated through the nonlinear interaction between the orthogonally polarized SMOSs. The presented theoretical study accurately predicts the CD impact on the efficiency of the nonlinear interaction as confirmed by the close agreement between theoretical and experimental results. This study is essential for the understanding and the design of our newly developed Kerr phase-interrogator that allows for a new class of sensing devices utilizing the nonlinear Kerr effect.

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