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Integrated-optic polarization controllers based on polymer waveguide
Author(s): Jun-Whee Kim; Su-Hyun Park; Woo-Sung Chu; Min-Cheol Oh
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Paper Abstract

Polarization controllers are demonstrated by integrated polymer waveguide technology. The integrated-optic polarization controllers consist of three birefringence modulators and 45°-inclined quarter-wave plates inserted between them. The birefringence modulator by incorporating highly birefringent polymer material exhibits the difference in phase retardation for TE and TM guided modes in proportion to the heating power. Thin-film quarter-wave plates are fabricated by using a reactive mesogen, and inserted between the birefringence modulators to produce static phase retardation and polarization coupling. By applying a triangular AC signal to one birefringence modulator and a DC signal to another, general polarization conversion covering the entire surface of the Poincaré sphere is demonstrated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 March 2013
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8627, Integrated Optics: Devices, Materials, and Technologies XVII, 86271B (13 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2005519
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Jun-Whee Kim, Pusan National Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Su-Hyun Park, Pusan National Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Woo-Sung Chu, Pusan National Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Min-Cheol Oh, Pusan National Univ. (Korea, Republic of)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8627:
Integrated Optics: Devices, Materials, and Technologies XVII
Jean Emmanuel Broquin; Gualtiero Nunzi Conti, Editor(s)

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