Vectorial Fiber Laser using Intracavity Axial Birefringence
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.
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Zhou, Renjie; Haus, Joseph W.; Powers, Peter E.; and Zhan, Qiwen, "Vectorial Fiber Laser using Intracavity Axial Birefringence" (2010). Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty Publications. 286.