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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 6 — Mar. 15, 2007
  • pp: 614–616

All-fiber polarization switch

Harald Knape and Walter Margulis  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 6, pp. 614-616 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.32.000614


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Abstract

We report an all-fiber polarization switch made out of silica-based microstructured fiber suitable for Q-switching all-fiber lasers. Nanosecond high-voltage pulses are used to heat and expand an internal electrode to cause λ 2 -polarization rotation in less than 10 ns for 1.5 μ m light. The 10 cm long component has an experimentally measured optical insertion loss of 0.2 dB and a 0 10 kHz repetition frequency capacity and has been durability tested for more than 10 9 pulses.

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OCIS Codes
(060.5060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Phase modulation
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched
(230.1040) Optical devices : Acousto-optical devices

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: October 30, 2006
Revised Manuscript: December 6, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: December 6, 2006
Published: February 15, 2007

Citation
Harald Knape and Walter Margulis, "All-fiber polarization switch," Opt. Lett. 32, 614-616 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-32-6-614

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