Abstract

We demonstrate a compact electro-optic polarization scrambler that depolarizes arbitrarily polarized light with less than 2.5% residual degree of polarization and variable depolarization times in the microsecond to millisecond range. The integrated-optic depolarizer is fabricated on lithium niobate and operates with a single-mode waveguide designed for a 1.5m wavelength. The scrambler introduces negligible intensity modulation of less than 1.6% in the depolarized output light.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

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