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  • Vol. 28, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2003
  • pp: 1096–1098

In-line liquid-crystal microcell polarimeter for high-speed polarization analysis

Bharat R. Acharya, C. K. Madsen, K. W. Baldwin, R. A. MacHarrie, J. A. Rogers, L. Möller, C. C. Huang, and R. Pindak  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 28, Issue 13, pp. 1096-1098 (2003)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.28.001096


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Abstract

We report a type of high-speed microcell polarimeter that utilizes microelectrodes, liquid-crystal films, and ultrathin high-contrast polarizers, all integrated between the tips of two optical fibers. When combined with optimized nematic liquid-crystal materials, this compact (2.5>cm×0.5>cm ×0.5>cm) device offers excellent optical properties and continuous, high-speed operation at >2 kHz with moderately low operating voltages. It requires no bulk optical elements, and it shows excellent performance when implemented for the measurement of degree of polarization in 10-Gbit:s test systems. Polarimeters based on this design have promising potential applications in polarization analysis for high-speed optical communication systems.

© 2003 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices

Citation
Bharat R. Acharya, C. K. Madsen, K. W. Baldwin, R. A. MacHarrie, J. A. Rogers, L. Möller, C. C. Huang, and R. Pindak, "In-line liquid-crystal microcell polarimeter for high-speed polarization analysis," Opt. Lett. 28, 1096-1098 (2003)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-28-13-1096

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