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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 8 — Apr. 17, 2006
  • pp: 3484–3490

Complete polarization controller based on magneto-optic crystals and fixed quarter wave plates

Yang Zhang, Changxi Yang, Shiguang Li, He Yan, Jingchan Yin, Claire Gu, and Guofan Jin  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 8, pp. 3484-3490 (2006)

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We propose and demonstrate a polarization controller, which is a concatenation of three Faraday rotators based on magneto-optic crystals separated by two fixed quarter wave plates. Comparing with former schemes, this polarization controller is fast, accurate and stable because it is completely driven by electric signals and has no mechanically moving parts. It is simple-structured and low-cost. Moreover, it is programmable to convert an arbitrary state of polarization (SOP) from the input to any designated SOP at the output. It can also be used as a polarization scrambler. It has potential applications in the research of the polarization dependence of optical communication systems or the compensation of polarization mode dispersion (PMD), etc.

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OCIS Codes
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: February 14, 2006
Revised Manuscript: March 27, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: April 3, 2006
Published: April 17, 2006

Yang Zhang, Changxi Yang, Shiguang Li, He Yan, Jingchan Yin, Claire Gu, and Guofan Jin, "Complete polarization controller based on magneto-optic crystals and fixed quarter wave plates," Opt. Express 14, 3484-3490 (2006)

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