Hysteresis properties induced by variable polarization angle in the polarization switching of VCSELs

Nazhan, Salam, Ghassemlooy, Zabih, Busawon, Krishna and Perez Soler, Joaquin (2014) Hysteresis properties induced by variable polarization angle in the polarization switching of VCSELs. In: 9th International Symposium on Communication Systems, Networks and Digital Sign (CSNDSP 2014), 23rd - 25th July 2014, Manchester, UK.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/CSNDSP.2014.6923848

Abstract

The influence of variable-polarization optical feedback (VPOF) on the polarization mode switching (PMS) properties of a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) has been investigated experimentally. Rotated-polarization optical feedback is considered. At high levels of optical feedback VCSEL exhibits an abrupt PMS when the polarization angle is swept from 0° to 90° and vice versa. We observe a hysteresis loop (HL) beyond the polarization angle of 45°, which is barely affected by the level of feedback. The experimental results demonstrate that the size of HL strongly depends on the feedback level, where a narrower and wider width HL are observed at higher and lower levels of feedback, respectively. An external optical feedback with the VPOF can significantly alter the bistability properties of PMS in VCSELs. VPOF can provide a new method to obtain the controllable bistable PMS in VCSELs, which is extremely useful for applications that use the optical bistability (OB).

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: hysteresis loop; optical feedback; polarization switching (PS); Variable polarization angle; vertical-cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs)
Subjects: H600 Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2014 14:37
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 08:52
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/18390

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