Abstract

We describe the use of the optical Kerr effect in a simple and novel way to write a transient polarization coupler in high-birefringence fiber. A conversion efficiency of as much as 0.4% is demonstrated, with a coupling bandwidth of approximately 0.4 nm. The method is fast and independent of any thermal drift. Potential applications include real-time tuning in wavelength-division demultiplexers and wavelength selection in optical spectrum analyzers.

© 1992 Optical Society of America

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