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Experimental investigation of the nonlinear optical loop mirror with highly twisted low-birefringence fiber and a quarter-wave plate
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Paper Abstract

We experimentally investigated the transmission variation of a nonlinear optical loop mirror (NOLM). We analyzed the transmission evolution of the NOLM based on the input intensity. The NOLM is formed by a symmetrical coupler, 500 m of highly twisted low-birefringence fiber and a quarter-wave retarder plate in the loop. If we rotate the quarter-wave retarder plate is possible to change the transmission behavior. Using circular polarization of the input beam is possible to get a high contrast between the maximum and minimum of the transmission. With this characteristic, we have the possibility to reduce the amplitude fluctuations and the pedestal in a train of optical pulses.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 October 2004
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 5622, 5th Iberoamerican Meeting on Optics and 8th Latin American Meeting on Optics, Lasers, and Their Applications, (21 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.592179
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F. Guterrez-Zainos, Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica, Optica y Electronica (Mexico)
Evgueni Anatolevich Kuzin, Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica, Optica y Electronica (Mexico)
Baldemar Ibarra Escamilla, Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica, Optica y Electronica (Mexico)
U. Ruiz-Corona, Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica, Optica y Electronica (Mexico)
Olivier Pottiez, Faculte Polytechnique de Mons (Belgium)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5622:
5th Iberoamerican Meeting on Optics and 8th Latin American Meeting on Optics, Lasers, and Their Applications
Aristides Marcano O.; Jose Luis Paz, Editor(s)

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