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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 20 — Oct. 7, 2013
  • pp: 24112–24118

Righting the handedness’ dichotomy: schemes of Sagnac interferometer containing chiral elements for suppression of dependence on circular birefringence and circular dichroism

Hourieh Exir and Ilya Golub  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 20, pp. 24112-24118 (2013)

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We present two configurations (one with and another without a half-wave plate) of a Sagnac interferometer (SI) containing chiral optical elements where either the Sagnac loop mirror’s (SLM) reflectance is circular birefringence (CB) independent or polarization dependence/circular dichroism (CD) is canceled in both reflection and transmission. These schemes allow use of chiral components as feedback elements/filters in SLM of a laser and in switches/modulators and sensors requiring compensation of chiral media CD, as well as allowing calibration of CD measurements. We also compare/show the differences between SI containing devices with either CB or linear birefringence (LB).

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OCIS Codes
(120.5790) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Sagnac effect
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(160.1585) Materials : Chiral media

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: August 14, 2013
Revised Manuscript: September 20, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: September 20, 2013
Published: October 1, 2013

Hourieh Exir and Ilya Golub, "Righting the handedness’ dichotomy: schemes of Sagnac interferometer containing chiral elements for suppression of dependence on circular birefringence and circular dichroism," Opt. Express 21, 24112-24118 (2013)

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