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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 22 — Nov. 15, 2012
  • pp: 4799–4801

Stokes vector characterization of the polarization behavior of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

Andreas Molitor, Sébastien Hartmann, and Wolfgang Elsäßer  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 22, pp. 4799-4801 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.37.004799


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Abstract

We demonstrate that a full polarization analysis in terms of the Stokes vector parameters is necessary to determine the polarization state of light emitted by vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs). For three selected representative VCSEL devices, we measured the injection current dependence of the three Stokes parameters and compared these results with linearly selected polarization P-I curves, clearly demonstrating that a complete polarization analysis is required to unveil the full polarization behavior.

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OCIS Codes
(120.2130) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Ellipsometry and polarimetry
(250.7260) Optoelectronics : Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Optoelectronics

History
Original Manuscript: September 6, 2012
Revised Manuscript: October 8, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: October 11, 2012
Published: November 15, 2012

Citation
Andreas Molitor, Sébastien Hartmann, and Wolfgang Elsäßer, "Stokes vector characterization of the polarization behavior of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers," Opt. Lett. 37, 4799-4801 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-37-22-4799


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