Abstract

Two diode-pumped Nd:YAG lasers are combined with their polarization vectors at 90° to each other to create a depolarized source suitable for propagation over long lengths of ordinary, low-birefringence single-mode fiber without a change in the polarization state. The source is demonstrated with an integrated-optical Mach–Zehnder interferometer and provides a constant −3-dB intensity input to the required linear input polarization state.

© 1991 Optical Society of America

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Corrections

W. K. Burns, R. P. Moeller, C. H. Bulmer, and A. S. Greenblatt, "Depolarized source for fiber-optic applications: erratum," Opt. Lett. 16, 1905-1905 (1991)
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