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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 1 — Jan. 14, 2013
  • pp: 1240–1246

Polarization flipping and hysteresis phenomenon in laser with optical feedback

Wenxue Chen, Yongqin Zhang, Shulian Zhang, and Xingwu Long  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 1, pp. 1240-1246 (2013)

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We realize polarization control in He-Ne laser by optical feedback. Polarization flipping occurs when the length of the anisotropy feedback cavity is modulated. The relationship between polarization flipping and phase retardation of birefringence component placed in feedback cavity is built. The hysteresis effect of polarization flipping is observed. We build a system to measure the size of hysteresis loop based on Laser Feedback Interferometer (LFI). The variation of hysteresis loop with phase retardation is measured. The width of hysteresis loop decreases when phase retardation increases.

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OCIS Codes
(140.1340) Lasers and laser optics : Atomic gas lasers
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.3160) Physical optics : Interference

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: October 24, 2012
Revised Manuscript: November 28, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: January 2, 2013
Published: January 11, 2013

Wenxue Chen, Yongqin Zhang, Shulian Zhang, and Xingwu Long, "Polarization flipping and hysteresis phenomenon in laser with optical feedback," Opt. Express 21, 1240-1246 (2013)

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