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Superpolarizers that exceed the law of Malus
Author(s): Robert A. Fisher; John E. Heebner; Ryan S. Bennink; Robert W. Boyd
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Paper Abstract

All known polarizers operate via a separation of orthogonal electric field components, one of which is subsequently discarded. As a result, 50% of the unpolarized incident light is wasted in the process of conversion to polarized light. We demonstrate a new method by which the optical power in the ordinarily discarded component is used as the pump to amplify the retained component in a nonlinear amplifier. We achieve greater than 50% throughput. These new polarizers are self-organizing in that they form internal gratings which, based only on the phase relationship between the two components, best optimize the transfer of power to the desired component.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 October 2000
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4110, Photorefractive Fiber and Crystal Devices: Materials, Optical Properties, and Applications VI, (19 October 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.404803
Show Author Affiliations
Robert A. Fisher, R.A. Fisher Associates (United States)
John E. Heebner, The Institute of Optics/Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Ryan S. Bennink, The Institute of Optics/Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Robert W. Boyd, The Institute of Optics/Univ. of Rochester (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4110:
Photorefractive Fiber and Crystal Devices: Materials, Optical Properties, and Applications VI
Shizhuo Yin; Francis T. S. Yu, Editor(s)

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