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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 24 — Nov. 21, 2011
  • pp: 23683–23688

In-line rotation sensor based on VCSEL behavior under polarization-rotating optical feedback

Shogo Ura, Shinichiro Shoda, Kenzo Nishio, and Yasuhiro Awatsuji  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 24, pp. 23683-23688 (2011)

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Lasing behavior of a single-transverse-mode vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) was observed while the polarization direction of an optical feedback was rotated. Optical powers of two polarization modes of a VCSEL showed sinusoidal dependences on the polarization-rotation angle. The power variation was seen when an optical feedback ratio was larger than –20 dB, though the variation depth dropped suddenly as the feedback ratio became smaller than –25 dB. An in-line type rotation sensor utilizing this behavior is proposed. The sensor system was constructed and the detection principle was demonstrated.

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OCIS Codes
(220.0220) Optical design and fabrication : Optical design and fabrication
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices
(250.7260) Optoelectronics : Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers
(280.4788) Remote sensing and sensors : Optical sensing and sensors
(140.7260) Lasers and laser optics : Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: August 31, 2011
Revised Manuscript: October 27, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: October 27, 2011
Published: November 7, 2011

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Shogo Ura, Shinichiro Shoda, Kenzo Nishio, and Yasuhiro Awatsuji, "In-line rotation sensor based on VCSEL behavior under polarization-rotating optical feedback," Opt. Express 19, 23683-23688 (2011)

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