Title

Vectorial Fiber Laser using Intracavity Axial Birefringence

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-2010

Publication Source

Optics Express

Abstract

In this paper we investigate the polarization properties of a fiber laser with an intracavity c-cut calcite crystal that is capable of producing reconfigurable vectorial output modes.

Vectorial modes with radial, azimuthal and generalized cylindrical vector polarizations can be generated by translating one lens within the laser cavity. Detailed studies of the mode polarization evolution show that the modes inside the laser cavity can be spatially homogeneously polarized in one section of the cavity while being spatially inhomogeneously polarized in another section of the cavity, which opens the opportunities for many potential new fiber laser design possibilities and applications.

Furthermore, more complicated vectorial vortex output modes are also observed by purposefully introducing angular misalignments.

Inclusive pages

10839-10847

ISBN/ISSN

1094-4087

Comments

Permission documentation is on file.

Publisher

Optical Society of America

Volume

18

Issue

10

Peer Reviewed

yes