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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 2011
  • pp: 1425–1427

Magneto-optic fiber Sagnac modulator based on magnetic fluids

Peng Zu, Chi Chiu Chan, Lew Wen Siang, Yongxing Jin, Yifan Zhang, Liew Hwi Fen, Lihan Chen, and Xinyong Dong  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 8, pp. 1425-1427 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.001425


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Abstract

A magneto-optic modulator with a magnetic fluid film inserted into an optical fiber Sagnac interferometer is proposed. The magnetic fluid exhibits variable birefringence and Faraday effect under external magnetic field that will lead to a phase difference and polarization state rotation in the Sagnac interferometer. As a result, the intensity of the output light is modulated under the external magnetic field. Moreover, the modulator has a high extinction ratio and can easily be integrated in a single-mode fiber system. The performance of the modulator is not affected by ambient temperature variation from room temperature to 40 ° C .

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OCIS Codes
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components
(060.2630) Fiber optics and optical communications : Frequency modulation
(230.3810) Optical devices : Magneto-optic systems
(230.4110) Optical devices : Modulators

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

History
Original Manuscript: January 21, 2011
Revised Manuscript: March 13, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: March 14, 2011
Published: April 13, 2011

Citation
Peng Zu, Chi Chiu Chan, Lew Wen Siang, Yongxing Jin, Yifan Zhang, Liew Hwi Fen, Lihan Chen, and Xinyong Dong, "Magneto-optic fiber Sagnac modulator based on magnetic fluids," Opt. Lett. 36, 1425-1427 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-36-8-1425


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