Abstract

We describe a novel wavelength-parallel polarimeter operating in the light-wave band that measures the complete state of polarization of 256 wavelengths in parallel within 20 ms (software-limited), with the potential for submillisecond operation. By use of fast switching ferroelectric liquid crystals in conjunction with an InGaAs arrayed detector, selection and wavelength-parallel detection of individual polarization components can be achieved within approximately 150 µs. This instrument offers unprecedented sensing capability that is relevant to the compensation of polarization-related impairments in high-speed light-wave communications.

© 2004 Optical Society of America

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