Laser detection using liquid crystal polarization modulators

Abstract

Lasers can be identified by their relatively long coherence lengths using interferometry. A Mach–Zehnder interferometer incorporating liquid crystal polarization modulators is demonstrated as a means of low-cost, robust laser detection. Temporal modulations, as a signature of coherence, can be induced by modulating polarization changes in liquid crystal modulators using low voltages. Sensitivities of <10  nW can be achieved. The suitability as a means of laser detection is discussed.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1117/1.OE.59.6.064106
Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Aston Institute of Photonics Technology
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Published Date: 2020-06-08
Accepted Date: 2020-06-01
Authors: Benton, David M. ( 0000-0003-0663-1404)

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