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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 11 — May. 21, 2012
  • pp: 12247–12260

Fast beam steering with full polarization control using a galvanometric optical scanner and polarization controller

M. Jofre, G. Anzolin, F. Steinlechner, N. Oliverio, J. P. Torres, V. Pruneri, and M. W. Mitchell  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 11, pp. 12247-12260 (2012)

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Optical beam steering is a key element in many industrial and scientific applications like in material processing, information technologies, medical imaging and laser display. Even though galvanometer-based scanners offer flexibility, speed and accuracy at a relatively low cost, they still lack the necessary control over the polarization required for certain applications. We report on the development of a polarization steerable system assembled with a fiber polarization controller and a galvanometric scanner, both controlled by a digital signal processor board. The system implements control of the polarization decoupled from the pointing direction through a feed-forward control scheme. This enables to direct optical beams to a desired direction without affecting its initial polarization state. When considering the full working field of view, we are able to compensate polarization angle errors larger than 0.2 rad, in a temporal window of less than ∼ 20 ms. Given the unification of components to fully control any polarization state while steering an optical beam, the proposed system is potentially integrable and robust.

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OCIS Codes
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(060.2605) Fiber optics and optical communications : Free-space optical communication
(060.5565) Fiber optics and optical communications : Quantum communications

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: March 21, 2012
Revised Manuscript: May 3, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: May 9, 2012
Published: May 15, 2012

M. Jofre, G. Anzolin, F. Steinlechner, N. Oliverio, J. P. Torres, V. Pruneri, and M. W. Mitchell, "Fast beam steering with full polarization control using a galvanometric optical scanner and polarization controller," Opt. Express 20, 12247-12260 (2012)

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