We have studied polarization fluctuations in a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser when the stationary state of polarization changes from linear to circular. The asymmetry in the polarization fluctuations, expressed as a ratio of variances of fluctuating Stokes parameters, is observed to decrease from 1.9 to 1. This effect is in accordance with the theoretical prediction.
© 1999 Optical Society of America
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(250.7260) Optoelectronics : Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(270.2500) Quantum optics : Fluctuations, relaxations, and noise
R. F. M. Hendriks, M. P. van Exter, J. P. Woerdman, L. Weegels, and A. Van Geelen, "Polarization noise in elliptically polarized vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 16, 832-834 (1999)