We report an all solid-state polarization-state generator that uses magneto-optic polarization rotators. The device can generate either five or six distinctive polarization states uniformly across a Poincaré sphere with repeatability better than 0.1°. It is ideal for polarization analysis, swept-wavelength measurement, and monitoring of polarization-related parameters and signal-to-noise ratios of optical networks.
© 2005 Optical Society of America
(060.2300) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber measurements
(080.2730) Geometric optics : Matrix methods in paraxial optics
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
X. Steve Yao, Lianshan Yan, and Yongqiang Shi, "Highly repeatable all-solid-state polarization-state generator," Opt. Lett. 30, 1324-1326 (2005)