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  • Vol. 13, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 1988
  • pp: 527–529

Automatic endless polarization control with integrated-optical Ti:LiNbO3 polarization transformers

Reinhold Noé, Helmut Heidrich, and Detlef Hoffmann  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 13, Issue 6, pp. 527-529 (1988)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.13.000527


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Abstract

In coherent-optical transmission systems continuous or endless polarization matching between the superposed beams must be ensured. We describe a practical closed-loop polarization-control system with two integrated-optical retarders acting as polarization transformers. They have variable retardations and variable eigenmodes, i.e., adjustable birefringence magnitude and orientation as in a Babinet–Soleil compensator. In theory, one retarder would be sufficient. However, a second device is added to correct nonideal behavior of the first. The intensity losses during polarization control are less than 0.15 dB.

© 1988 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: November 20, 1987
Manuscript Accepted: March 17, 1988
Published: June 1, 1988

Citation
Reinhold Noé, Helmut Heidrich, and Detlef Hoffmann, "Automatic endless polarization control with integrated-optical Ti:LiNbO3 polarization transformers," Opt. Lett. 13, 527-529 (1988)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-13-6-527

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