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.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|State||Published - Jul 1 2003|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics