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  • Vol. 18, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 1993
  • pp: 355–357

Channeled spectrum of a fiber laser

Thierry Chartier, François Sanchez, Guy Stéphan, Patrice Le Boudec, Eric Delevaque, Roland Leners, and Pierre-Luc François  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 18, Issue 5, pp. 355-357 (1993)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.18.000355


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Abstract

We describe the polarization properties of a long Nd3+-doped optical fiber laser. An intracavity prism acts as a dichroic element and fixes the polarization of the laser beam essentially in its plane of incidence. The slight birefringence of the fiber makes a wavelength-dependent phase plate that modifies the state of the polarization. In the laser output spectrum, the azimuth for the elliptically polarized field can thus rotate by several times π/2 if the fiber is long enough. This gives a channeled spectrum when observed through a polarizer.

© 1993 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: September 15, 1992
Published: March 1, 1993

Citation
Patrice Le Boudec, Thierry Chartier, François Sanchez, Eric Delevaque, Roland Leners, Guy Stéphan, and Pierre-Luc François, "Channeled spectrum of a fiber laser," Opt. Lett. 18, 355-357 (1993)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-18-5-355

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