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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 11 — May. 28, 2007
  • pp: 7000–7005

Polarization conversion in a silica microsphere

Pablo Bianucci, Chris R. Fietz, John W. Robertson, Gennady Shvets, and Chih-Kang Shih  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 11, pp. 7000-7005 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.15.007000


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Abstract

We experimentally demonstrate controlled polarization-selective phenomena in a whispering gallery mode resonator. We observed efficient (≈75%) polarization conversion of light in a silica microsphere coupled to a tapered optical fiber with proper optimization of the polarization of the propagating light. A simple model treating the microsphere as a ring resonator provides a good fit to the observed behavior.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(230.5750) Optical devices : Resonators

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

History
Original Manuscript: April 17, 2007
Revised Manuscript: May 17, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: May 17, 2007
Published: May 22, 2007

Citation
Pablo Bianucci, Chris R. Fietz, John W. Robertson, Gennady Shvets, and Chih-Kang Shih, "Polarization conversion in a silica microsphere," Opt. Express 15, 7000-7005 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-11-7000


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