This paper gives both theoretical and experimental proof of elliptical polarization and nonorthogonality of Zeeman laser output. It verifies that the polarized modes of the output have 4–7° orthogonal error which is induced by anisotropy in the laser cavity. A new formula for calculation of this orthogonal error has been derived which also provides a way to measure the anisotropy of the laser cavity. We also discuss the influence of nonorthogonality on the spectrum of the laser.
© 1989 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: May 17, 1988
Published: June 1, 1989
Yi Xie and Yi-zun Wu, "Elliptical polarization and nonorthogonality of stabilized Zeeman laser output," Appl. Opt. 28, 2043-2046 (1989)