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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 11 — Jun. 3, 2013
  • pp: 13684–13690

The intra-cavity phase anisotropy and the polarization flipping in HeNe laser

Yun Wu, Shulian Zhang, and Yan Li  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 11, pp. 13684-13690 (2013)

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The effect of intra-cavity phase anisotropy on polarization flipping induced by optical feedback is experimentally and theoretically investigated. In experiments, we place a polarizer in feedback cavity to induce polarization flipping. The polarization flipping doesn’t occur when the angle between polarizer axis and laser polarization approaches 45°. It is found that the larger the phase anisotropy is, the more easily the polarization flipping happens. As the intra-cavity phase anisotropy is increased, polarization flipping always occurs when the angle between polarizer axis and laser polarization is changed from 0° to 90°. This indicates that the phase anisotropy of the laser cavity contributes to the polarization flipping. It is necessary to keep certain phase anisotropy for the lasers used for polarization control.

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OCIS Codes
(140.1340) Lasers and laser optics : Atomic gas lasers
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: April 22, 2013
Revised Manuscript: May 25, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: May 25, 2013
Published: May 31, 2013

Yun Wu, Shulian Zhang, and Yan Li, "The intra-cavity phase anisotropy and the polarization flipping in HeNe laser," Opt. Express 21, 13684-13690 (2013)

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