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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 2013
  • pp: 1533–1535

Twisted hi-bi fiber distributed-feedback lasers with controllable output state of polarization

Michalis N. Zervas, Richard Wilmshurst, and Louise M. B. Walker  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 9, pp. 1533-1535 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.38.001533


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Abstract

We demonstrate that single polarization, hi-bi fiber DFB lasers are, in general, characterized by elliptical state of polarization (SOP), due to the in-built fiber birefringence axis rotation. Externally applied birefringence axis twist is shown to provide accurate control of the output SOP. Continuous tuning from circular to linear polarization, with polarization extinction ratio of 40dB, has been demonstrated.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors
(060.2420) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, polarization-maintaining
(140.3490) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, distributed-feedback
(060.3735) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber Bragg gratings

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 28, 2013
Revised Manuscript: April 2, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: April 2, 2013
Published: April 29, 2013

Citation
Michalis N. Zervas, Richard Wilmshurst, and Louise M. B. Walker, "Twisted hi-bi fiber distributed-feedback lasers with controllable output state of polarization," Opt. Lett. 38, 1533-1535 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-38-9-1533


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