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Polarization Matching Mixer For The Coherent Detection Of Lights
Author(s): William B. Wetherell
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Paper Abstract

A technique is described for using polarization beamsplitters to mix the signal and local oscillator light beams in coherent differential detection systems. When the signal polarization and alignment states are uncertain, this scheme offers performance improvements over techniques using amplitude beamsplitters. In its most elaborate form, it offers the possibility of sensing the polarization state of the incoming signal, and therefore controlling it in the receiver.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 June 1988
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0891, Polarization Considerations for Optical Systems, (29 June 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.944311
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William B. Wetherell, Optical Research Associates (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0891:
Polarization Considerations for Optical Systems
Russell A. Chipman, Editor(s)

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