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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 11 — May. 21, 2012
  • pp: 12443–12448

Integrated-optic polarization controllers incorporating polymer waveguide birefringence modulators

Jun-Whee Kim, Su-Hyun Park, Woo-Sung Chu, and Min-Cheol Oh  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 11, pp. 12443-12448 (2012)

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Polarization controllers based on polymer waveguide technology are demonstrated by incorporating thermo-optic birefringence modulators (BMs) and thin-film wave plates. Highly birefringent polymer materials are used to increase the efficiency of birefringence modulation in proportion to the heating power. Thin-film quarter-wave plates are fabricated by using a crosslinkable liquid crystal, reactive mesogen, and inserted between the BMs to produce static phase retardation and polarization coupling. By applying a triangular AC signal to one BM and a DC signal to another, the polarization states of the output light are modulated to cover the entire surface of the Poincaré sphere.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(230.3120) Optical devices : Integrated optics devices
(250.5460) Optoelectronics : Polymer waveguides
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles

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Integrated Optics

Original Manuscript: April 9, 2012
Revised Manuscript: May 2, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: May 2, 2012
Published: May 16, 2012

Jun-Whee Kim, Su-Hyun Park, Woo-Sung Chu, and Min-Cheol Oh, "Integrated-optic polarization controllers incorporating polymer waveguide birefringence modulators," Opt. Express 20, 12443-12448 (2012)

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