Abstract

A new scheme is proposed for achieving a closed, homogeneous, and isotropic optical circuit necessary for high-accuracy optical-current sensors. It makes use of a single solid polygonal solid with reflection surfaces coated by quarter-wavelength dielectric thin-film layers for the Faraday cell. We derive the design principle and show numerically its applicability in various Faraday materials. The cross talk with the surrounding current is investigated in particular detail both theoretically and experimentally. In the example experiment with a SF57 Faraday material, a low cross talk is demonstrated for nearby currents.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

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