In-Line Liquid Crystal Microcell Polarimeters and Waveplates for High Speed Polarization Analysis and Control

B. Acharya, C. Madsen, K. Baldwin, R. Macharrie, J. Rogers, L. Moeller, C. Huang, R. Pindak

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Abstract

The design, fabrication and performance of a class of high speed nematic liquid crystal (NLC) based microcell waveplates that were formed directly between the tips of optical fibers were presented. A switching speed of one degree per microsecond was demonstrated at moderately low operating voltages. The fabrication of the microcell waveplate was done by micropatterning four ∼0.2 μm thick electrodes directly on the tip of the optical fiber, mounted in a glass fiber ferrule assembly. These waveplate have been implemented for degree of polarization (DOP) and state of polarization (SOP) measurements and for polarization mode dispersion (PMD) compensation in 40 Gb/s transmission systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOptical Fiber Communication Conference, Technical Digest - Postconference Edition
EditorsA.A. Sawchuk
Pages312-313
Number of pages2
Volume86
StatePublished - 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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