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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 2008
  • pp: 2871–2873

Polarization proximity effect in isolator crystal pairs

Y. Linzon, M. Ferrera, L. Razzari, A. Pignolet, and R. Morandotti  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 23, pp. 2871-2873 (2008)

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We experimentally study the polarization dynamics (orientation and ellipticity) of near-infrared light transmitted through magneto-optical yttrium iron garnet isolator crystal pairs using a modified balanced detection scheme. When the pair separation is in the submillimeter range, we observed a proximity effect in which the saturation field is reduced by up to 20%. One-dimensional calculations suggest that the proximity effect originates from magnetostatic interactions between the dipole moments of the isolator crystals.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1930) Diffraction and gratings : Dichroism
(210.3820) Optical data storage : Magneto-optical materials
(230.2240) Optical devices : Faraday effect
(230.3240) Optical devices : Isolators
(230.3810) Optical devices : Magneto-optic systems
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: September 19, 2008
Revised Manuscript: October 19, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: October 27, 2008
Published: November 26, 2008

Y. Linzon, M. Ferrera, L. Razzari, A. Pignolet, and R. Morandotti, "Polarization proximity effect in isolator crystal pairs," Opt. Lett. 33, 2871-2873 (2008)

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