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  • Vol. 20, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 1995
  • pp: 1008–1010

Polarization-independent electro-optic depolarizer

F. Heismann and K. L. Tokuda  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 20, Issue 9, pp. 1008-1010 (1995)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.20.001008


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Abstract

We demonstrate a compact electro-optic polarization scrambler that depolarizes arbitrarily polarized light with less than 2.5% residual degree of polarization and variable depolarization times in the microsecond to millisecond range. The integrated-optic depolarizer is fabricated on lithium niobate and operates with a single-mode waveguide designed for a 1.5m wavelength. The scrambler introduces negligible intensity modulation of less than 1.6% in the depolarized output light.

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History
Original Manuscript: December 14, 1994
Published: May 1, 1995

Citation
F. Heismann and K. L. Tokuda, "Polarization-independent electro-optic depolarizer," Opt. Lett. 20, 1008-1010 (1995)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-20-9-1008


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