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  • Vol. 38, Iss. 30 — Oct. 20, 1999
  • pp: 6278–6283

Low-frequency and High-frequency All-fiber Modulators Based on Birefringence Modulation

Ana Rosa Boyain, Lluis Martínez-León, José Luis Cruz, Antonio Diez, and Miguel Vicente Andrés  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 38, Issue 30, pp. 6278-6283 (1999)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.38.006278


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Abstract

In-line optical modulators with low insertion losses and high maximum optical powers are required for <i>Q</i> switching and cavity dumping of fiber lasers as well as for nonlinear optical-fiber experiments. We report the design of polarimetric all-fiber modulators based on optical-fiber birefringence modulation combined with an all-fiber polarizer. Birefringence modulation involves a piezoelectric ceramic tube. This simple technique permits efficient low-frequency and high-frequency harmonic modulation, up to the megahertz range, as well as modulation of pulses shorter than 1 μs.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(060.2400) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber properties
(060.4080) Fiber optics and optical communications : Modulation
(230.4110) Optical devices : Modulators

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Ana Rosa Boyain, Lluis Martínez-León, José Luis Cruz, Antonio Diez, and Miguel Vicente Andrés, "Low-frequency and High-frequency All-fiber Modulators Based on Birefringence Modulation," Appl. Opt. 38, 6278-6283 (1999)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-38-30-6278


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